Bryan Harwell

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SAGA

Finally, I can say that SAGA, the second album I ever recorded, is now available. This album was recorded in various sessions between 1992 and 1999. It’s the greatest collaboration with my brother Phil Harwell (Oxygen Pillow).

It’s a raw recording. The sound quality is somewhere between live recording, field recording, and lo-fi (or maybe “no-fi”). It was recorded on a karaoke machine. Basically, it’s two-track, mixed to mono.

Unfortunately, the settings on the levels, at the time of the recording, were such that the songs were automatically pre-mixed. So there was no chance for a remix. We had to just take what we got.

This album features several songs that I had written during my time at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Other songs were improvised on the spot while recording. A lot of this is just simply experimenting with recording.

This album is certainly a matter of wanting to make music, but not having much to work with. But we used what we had and this album is what we got. We also had a fun time making it!

Track by Track:

1. Given the Chance – Written by Bryan Harwell at Florida College in 1994. Recorded in 1998. Bryan Harwell: guitar, vocals. Phil Harwell: drums.

2. You Haven’t Bought the Picture Frame – Written by Bryan Harwell at Florida College in 1994. Recorded in 1998. Bryan Harwell: guitar, vocals. Phil Harwell: drums.

3. Dead Animals – Written by Bryan Harwell and Brian Baird at Florida College in 1994. Recorded in 1998. Bryan Harwell: guitar, vocals. Phil Harwell: drums.

4. SAGA – Written by Bryan Harwell and Phil Harwell. Recorded in 1998. Bryan Harwell: guitar. Phil Harwell: drums.

5. Automatic Shift Incident – Lyrics written by Bryan Harwell at Florida College in 1994. Music written by Bryan Harwell and Phil Harwell. Recorded in 1998. Bryan Harwell: guitar, vocals. Phil Harwell: drums.

6. Renaissance in Italy – Written by Bryan Harwell at Florida College in 1994. Recorded in 1998. Bryan Harwell: guitar, vocals. Phil Harwell: drums.

7. Brand X – Written by Bryan Harwell and Phil Harwell. Recorded in 1998. Bryan Harwell: guitar, vocals. Phil Harwell: drums.

8. The Breakup – Written by Bryan Harwell and Phil Harwell. Recorded in 1998. Bryan Harwell: guitar, vocals. Phil Harwell: drums.

9. I Went to the Store the Other Day – Written by Bryan Harwell and Phil Harwell. Recorded in 1998. Bryan Harwell: guitar, vocals. Phil Harwell: drums.

10. SAGA Revisited – Written by Bryan Harwell and Phil Harwell. Recorded in 1998. Bryan Harwell: guitar. Phil Harwell: drums.

11. Tambourine – Written by Bryan Harwell and Phil Harwell. Recorded in 1996. Bryan Harwell: rhythm guitar, vocals. Phil Harwell: lead guitar.

12. People Will Talk – Written by Bryan Harwell at Florida College in 1994. Recorded in 1997. Bryan Harwell: guitar, vocals.

13. Trak Not Appearing – Written by Bryan Harwell. Recorded in 1993. Bryan Harwell: keyboard, percussion, vocals.

14. The Never Ending Creek of Confusion – Written by Bryan Harwell. Recorded in 1992 (keyboard) and 1999 (everything else). Bryan Harwell: keyboard, percussion, vocals.

Produced by the Harwell Bros.

Recorded in Alabama.

Released on February 13, 2018.

Click here to download the album!

Posted February 13th, 2018.

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state of my music career

It all started back in 2006. I started trying to record an album. A real album. It took three years to finish my first album “Work.”

That album was a folk music triumph. It brought forth many great things. My most popular songs “Average Joe” and “Bayou On The Moonlight” are on there.

After that, I was able to perform live on several occasions. I’ve had songs on iTunes. I’ve had music videos on YouTube. I’ve even had a song played on the radio.

After all that, I recorded and released several albums and singles. I realize now that the point of that was a way to ride the inertia down.

My being well known for my music was an elevation from which it’s not easy to descend. I know that now. It’s been difficult to cope with such an oddity in my life.

I still write and record some, but very sporadically. If I never release another song, I’m fully satisfied with my catalog of music. I hope that others have enjoyed it as well.

If you have enjoyed listening to my music, I’m very grateful to you. Your appreciation has made it all worthwhile. Thanks.

Posted July 15th, 2017.

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Work Sessions

Work Sessions
I have a new album! Just released! “Work Sessions” is a collection of demos, alternate mixes, and session takes – including the entire “Work” LP (and bonus track “I Just Keep On Going”) remixed in stereo! 50 tracks! Over 2 hours of music!

Click here to download the album!

Posted August 18th, 2015.

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New Studio! New Recordings!

Bryan Studio 2015

 

We finally got the new studio up and running.  I recorded some new demos of songs for my next album.  Awesome!

I’m so glad that we finally got the studio going after all the hard work we put into it.  We worked for several months and now we finally have something we can be proud of.

For your information, here is the list of the new songs I recorded:

“Christine” (written by Bryan Harwell)

“Wake Up” (written by Phil Harwell)

“Listen To The Mockingbird” (written by Septimus Winner and Richard Milburn)

“Another End To Another Bend In The Road” (written by Bryan Harwell)

That’s all for now.  Keep listening!

Posted February 3rd, 2015.

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Black Days

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My new album is now available.

Click here to listen and buy!

Posted November 12th, 2013.

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Black Days Coming Soon!

BD Poster

Yes, my new album “Black Days” will be released on 11/12/13.

Track listing:

1.  Black Days
2.  It Happened Once
3.  Midnight Special
4.  What Happened (They Took It All Away)
5.  I Love My Wife
6.  Here We Go Again
7.  Old Maple Tree
8.  Suzanna
9.  Molten Lava Lamp
10. Come Back Soon

Posted November 9th, 2013.

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I Know Loneliness Too Well b/w I Wrote These Words Down

I have just released a new single.

“I Know Loneliness Too Well” b/w “I Wrote These Words Down”

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Enjoy!

Posted June 28th, 2013.

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Monocle, Bandcamp, & Other Hits

Monocle Front

A lot has happened since my last post.  So, I’ll get right to it.

I have a new studio album “Monocle” which was released August 2012.

I have a new discography available at Bandcamp.

I have a new Flickr account for all of my photos.

I have a new Store that has all things “Monocle.”

Many other things are currently in the works, including a new studio album entitled “Black Days” which is due to be released this summer.  Track listing coming soon!

Well, that’s all for now!  Keep listening!

Posted May 17th, 2013.

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Average Joe & His Dilapidated Hat

Here is the long overdue second entry in the “Dilapidated Hat Tapes” series. Enjoy!

(More videos coming soon!)

Posted November 11th, 2011.

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Free Stuff!

You can now get the legendary song “Average Joe” for the low price of free! Just go to the upper right hand corner of the page and click on “free downloads” and have at it. Have a good day!

Posted October 30th, 2011.

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Bryan Harwell Anthology???

Hi ya’ll! I have a few projects that I’m currently getting together that will be very interesting to you.

The first one is my second album. I’m just about ready to get the recording sessions underway. If you have any songs of mine that you’d really like to hear on this new album, just let me know. I’d love to hear your feedback. I want this album to be something that you, the fan, will enjoy as much as you enjoyed my first album “Work.”

The second project is “The Making Of Work.” I’m currently writing the story of what happened and how I came to record my first album. I think you’ll find it very interesting. I’ll have more details coming.

Last, and soitenly not least, is “The Dilapidated Hat Tapes” project, which is a series of music videos of me performing live in my studio in front of the camera. More songs will be coming soon.

Thanks again for making me what I am today, folks. Have a great day!

Posted October 6th, 2011.

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