Award winning banjoist, songwriter and producer Wilson Harwood is an American roots musician who just released his second album, Rooted In You. Harwood’s music draws from bluegrass and Appalachian folk, blending traditional sounds with strong lyrical imagery. Wilson tours nationally and produces records for other artists in his hometown of Nashville, TN.
The new album from young award winning banjoist, Wilson Harwood, is a welcome addition to the Americana and folk genres. As the world faces greater hurdles and division in this new century, Harwood decided to make an album about personal connections exploring the delicate relationships that make up our human experience. Born into two musical worlds, his songwriting father would blanket the house on weekend mornings with a diverse musical playlist of Buena Vista Social Club, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and the vocally rich harmonies of Take 6. Then, in his late teens, Harwood immersed himself in the rich history of Appalachian music and bluegrass through intense study with the masters. His debut album, Roll Away The Day (April 2016) touched on the diversity of his varied musical background. His new album, Rooted In You (October 2017) shows a solidifying sound that is curiously rooted in American music, but has overtones of African Highlife, Cuban traditional music, and even the harmonic movement of jazz and classical music. Harwood brings his low tenor vocals and a poetic imagery to songwriting all accompanied by his unique bluegrass banjo playing. His work is familiar yet groundbreaking all at the same time.
Recorded at Elevated Music, Harwood’s own studio in East Nashville, Rooted In You, is a concept record that explores how love changes over a lifetime. Harwood wrote most of the songs over his first year in Nashville. Each of the songs on the record explores relationships like the playful comedic track “Skinny Dipping” to the discovery of love in the second half of life in the song “Never Too Late.” The music on the record moves from glimpses of New Grass Revival on “Feelin’ What I’m Feelin” to a Jack Johnson meets Townes Vand Zandt mix on tracks like “Young Love.” Not only an artist, but also an accomplished producer and mix engineer, Harwood went against tradition producing and mixing the album himself. He has a deep passion for how audio technology captures sound to make art. Producing his own record felt similar to a painter working in his studio.
Press for Wilson’s Music
“A cursory listen to the record is like sitting with your favorite person on the front porch swing of a mountain-view cabin wrapped in an heirloom quilt. It just feels good.” – Mother Church Pew
“…a gently plucked acoustic, beautifully melancholic violin and Harwood’s own gentle harmonies capture the experience of walking through a thick wooded area during an overcast morning.” – Hard Wired
“Wilson’s soothing voice drifts in and out of the bright and warm finger-plucked notes of his acoustic guitar.” – The Prelude Press
“It’s the most upbeat blues song you’ll ever hear.” – Ear to the Ground
“Wilson Harwood has managed to combine what feels like a smooth lullaby with a buoyant reminiscence of something lost; you can almost feel the warm tide rolling over your feet as his voice sweeps over drippy percussion and soft guitars.” –Hannah Oreskovich, BolderBeat
“As soon as I heard Wilson Harwood’s mellow finger picking on acoustic guitar, I knew I would dig his new single Lines of Chances. Harwood’s vocals are rich, deep, and nuanced, giving texture to this winsome melody. A feel-good violin joins in, his instrumentals making themselves just like the “curly twine branches” in the song’s lyrics. I’m looking forward to listening to more from this talented artist.” Nancy Levine, Grateful Web
Mother Church Pew- 10.6.17
Ear To The Ground- 4.1.16
Prelude Press- 3.30.16
Rocky Mountain Music Network- 3.21.16
Kingston Music Review- 3.21.16
Pause and Play- 2.26.16