Bryan Haraway blurs the lines between Americana and melodic rock & roll on his self-titled solo debut. It's a celebratory record, stacked with layers of electric guitar, horns, pedal steel, and the observations of a sharp songwriter who's learned to appreciate the little things in life. Produced by Grammy-winner Chad Brown (Robert Plant, Patty Griffin) and released less than a year after his near-fatal diagnosis of acute liver failure, Bryan Haraway takes the listener deep into its creator's history of familial and romantic relationships, shining a light on the details that often go overlooked. It also finds the songwriter working alongside a number of top-shelf musicians, including Doug Lancio (touring guitarist for John Hiatt), Larry Hanson (horn player and pianist for Alabama), Gabe Rubin (drummer for Tom Jones), Russ Pahl (pedal steel guitarist for Kacey Musgraves, Lana Del Rey, and Dan Auerbach), and Jim Hoke (saxophonist for Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton, and others), Terry Nails (Ozzy Ozbourne, Steve Jones, Tommy
Tutone, Pointer Sisters), and John Wackerman (Maynard Ferguson, Bunny Brunel, Lindsay Buckingham, Slash, etc)
It was his father who informed Haraway about the family's Native American heritage.
A card-carrying member of the Cherokee Indian tribe, Haraway received his first drum
kit as a child, "I was a little kid, thinking about the Native Americans banging on
drums," he remembers. "When you start to learn where you come from, you pay attention
to that culture. The colors…the growing up in the West…the horses…it's all part of who
I am." That said, Bryan Haraway is also a universal picture of a man who's learning
to love (and live) better. The album delivers a "carpe diem"
message in its exuberant melodies and detailed lyrics. After all, why overlook the
small things? Those small things often build up to something big. On Bryan Haraway,
the songwriter takes stock of it all.