Just when you think you've heard it all in music, along comes Bernard Harris, a young, gifted artist who delivers an entirely unique ensemble-performance concept as a lead bass guitarist. Remember the name because with his first release, "BASSES COVERED," Bernard Harris has introduced to the music cadre, ALL BASS guitars and drums for a sound that already seems to appeal to a diverse audience.
In the 70’s “plucked bass” specialists Larry Graham and The Brothers Johnson proved that a rhythm musician could lead with a bass, Bernard Harris appropriately in the new millennium has advanced the creative envelope to develop the bass melodically into a strikingly rich group sound. A naturalist at making the Piccolo Bass come alive, the performances on his CD consist of exceptional material, much of it original, covering gospel, jazz, and rhythm & blues.
Harris is a product of Raleigh, NC, one of the South's geographical mixing bowls of Black culture. Now residing in Nashville, Tennessee, his musical creativity has soared and has opened up a pathway of opportunity beyond an instrumentalist on Bass to a Solo artist, with rhythm and style beyond his years!
Having grown up amid a flux of influences from quartet to choir, his first musical experience began with the piano and drums, to the bass guitar, where he was destined & belongs, Harris has wasted no time in performing around the region, quickly becoming a name attraction and gaining a substantial fan following. And with the debut release of his CD, Basses Covered, momentum is in his favor.
Harris isn't the first young Turk to come along and unlock the secrets of a musical instrument. But he has grasped the baton and is delivering a flavor, flair, and undeniable passion that could make him one of the industry's most sought after musicians.
He made his mark here
in the States, and pretty soon he'll be treading International waters.
So be on the look out, for there's no question that his first recorded
outing has upgraded the credibility of bass guitar as a melodic group
instrument. Judging from the quality of his work, BASSES
COVERED is the type of CD that in a very short time will become a
must-have item for the music collector. Bernard Harris is an innovator
and his sound is the first of its kind.