David Ryan Harris / Matt Lowell
David Ryan Harris is searching for the truth in music. Through his devotion to the truth he hopes to connect to an audience. Raised in Atlanta, he heard music, melodies, and stories in his head as a child. It never went away and he hopes it never does. After experimenting with drums, piano, and other instruments in his teens he began his love/hate affair with the guitar. Drawn to the blues after hearing songs by Son House, Robert Johnson, and others and growing up at a time when Prince, Parliament/Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder, and other musicians were stretching the boundaries of popular music he began to understand that music could not and should not be limited by our often narrow views of what it should be. He has had the pleasure of writing, playing, and/or producing for numerous artists from Dave Matthews to jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, from Widespread Panic to Santana, from Marc Broussard to Guy Sebastian, from Dionne Farris to John Mayer.
Matt Lowell released his new EP, Swan Lake, on March 8. Swan Lake is cowritten with Dead Oceans Recording artist John Vanderslice and produced by Joel Hamilton (Black Keys, Matisyahu, Sparklehorse) and John Davis at Avatar Studios (John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith). Lowell has transformed his sound from the singer-songwriter arena to an impressive artwork of intricate instrumental parts and thought-provoking lyrics that showcase his indie credibility. After one listen you can feel that throughout Lowell's musical career, this album showcases who he truly is as a musician. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, having two EPs under his belt, an extensive tour history, and placement on various TV programs, there is no question this will be a highly anticipated release for 2011.