709 Washington Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701

Ryan Harris Band

December 20, 2014  ·  8pm $6

With Ryan Harris on slide guitar & vocals, Dillon Partin on bass, and Josh Stohl on drums, The RHB’s sound is, “a mix of all the music we love–classic soul, groove jazz, blues, and funk. It’s honest, soulful music.”

Harris came up in the Boston/NYC funk & soul scene in the late 90s/early 2000s, and has performed with many well-known names in the flourishing east coast groove renaissance, including drummer Joe Russo (Russo/Benevento Duo, Trey Anastasio/Mike Gordon Duo, Further, Almost Dead), guitarist Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive), saxophone player Sam Kininger (Lettuce/Soulive/ Sam Kininger Band), singer Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout/The Bomb Squad/Bernie Worrell & The Woo Warriors/Rhythm Devils), drummer Eric Kalb (Charlie Hunter, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Melvin Sparks, John Medeski, Deep Banana Blackout), trumpet player Brad Mason (John Mayer, Jessica Simpson, The Bombsquad), drummer Dean Johnston (Club D’Elf, Superhoney), drummer Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce/ Dumpstaphunk), Hammond organ player Matt Zeiner (The Dickie Betts Band, The Matt Zeiner Trio), and Javier Colon (season one winner of The Voice).

Partin is a dynamic, “in-the-pocket” bass player, as well as a touring and recording veteran with a deep musical resume ranging from theater productions to film scores to punk bands and everything in between. As a working bass player, Partin’s calendar stays mighty full.

Stohl is a “funky beast” on drums, whose beats recall modern groove drummers Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, JoJo Mayer, and Billy Martin. Stohl also provides the backbeat for Justin Robinson & The Mary Annettes. [Robinson is a grammy winner & former member of The Carolina Chocolate Drops].

The Ryan Harris Band formed in May 2014 and shortly after produced the EP “Get In, Get Out!” with engineer John Taylor at Living Arts College in Raleigh NC.

Lovers of musical collaboration, (after all, their band motto is “Music brings people together,”) the trio invited alt. rock vocalist Dave Hedman (of The Vagabond Union) and powerhouse crooner Thom Crumpton (of Thom Crumpton) to sing guest spots on the EP, with Harris providing the vocals on the final track, “Get Your Things Together,” an up tempo soul/funk anthem dedicated to Harris’ late friend and former Soulwork bandmate Sinclair “Skip” Jennings Jr., “who sang it best.”