|If anyone was to check the pulse of the Murfreesboro music community, then one could count on its condition to being alive and well.
After performing under his own name for years, Lascassas resident Jordan Baron has gathered a plethora of the city’s talent for the Harrison B project.
To be a recording artist, the creative space is one that should never become too stagnant, and Baron acknowledges this as he left the Nashville scene upon graduation from Lipscomb University.
After discovering the West, Baron has fueled this new perspective into the latest album The Harrison B LP.
“Walking into the record, it wouldn’t have been as good if I did it by myself,” Baron said, in reference to working with friends on this album.
The album hosts artists such as Joey Fletcher on guitar along with Tony Hartman, Matt Heller, Jake Weinbrenner, Josh Dunlap, Brian Porter and horns from Great Barrier Reef players. At the same time, Rhythm Kitchen’s Heather Moulder and Skylar Gregg provide backup vocals.
Taylor Leonardo produced the album and played bass, while recording sessions took place at Spring Street Studios.
“Everyone knew who would fit the bill perfectly. Some of the most talented musicians in Murfreesboro played on this project. It all came out of local musicians,” Baron said.
Going into the sessions, Baron didn’t want to put this work into a precise box and played on the tested elements of blues, soul and funk.
“I look to each for influence. Blues is the heart. Soul is the elegance, and folk is the storyteller,” Baron said.
“I think the modern songwriter can incorporate all these styles into one genre and let it come out naturally.”
The opening track, “Freedom,” is an upbeat frenzy of sorts as it builds up with plenty of low-end, horn arrangements and a few rap lines with the theme of fighting for your personal freedom.
Baron’s free style delivery is instituted throughout as his lyrical style can be likened to more of an instrument with a particular cadence that marches to its own beat.
“I’m looking to use my voice and instruments. I don’t want to fight the beat in my delivery. I enjoy the beat. You can hate a song and artist but not the beat,” Baron said.
Other standouts on the album are “Ink,” which is a fun song that is about a continual battle with getting a tattoo and “Busted String Blues.”
“Busted String Blues is one of my favorites on production value. I told Taylor I wanted this one to be grassroots,” Baron said.
Throughout the eight tracks, The Harrison B LP has the ability to take the listener through several music styles with soulful taste and earnest lyrics.
Harrison B is currently on a tour that will extend through the West Coast and Middle America and will return Dec. 14 to Middle Tennessee with a show at Mercy Lounge in Nashville.
For more information on Harrison B, visit harrisonbmusic.com, and the album is available on iTunes and Amazon.