How long have you been playing?
I started playing the guitar and singing in public in 1954, I was 14 yrs old. I was influenced by several of my classmates, who performed for school functions.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
The first concert I went to was a Ray Price concert in El Paso TX, with my Dad and my son. Also featured was Johnny Bush and it was the first time I saw Willie Nelson on stage. He was clean shaven, wore a grey sharkskin suit , and had his his hair all slicked backed. That was before most anybody really knew who Willie Nelson was. He sang Blackjack County Chain.
What gear do you use?
I played a Martin D-28 for about 30 yrs, until I made my own guitar, and then I put it away and finally sold it for about 10 times what I paid for it. The one I play now is my favorite, called The Aztec Rose, inlaid with real Turquoise, it's a jumbo acoustic. I have made 23 so far. See some of my guitars at www.myspace.com/eddyharrisonlovescowboymusic
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
We listened to country music mostly, and a lot of Gospel. Marty Robbins was my favorite and I tried to learn all of his songs, Also Stuart Hamblen was a big influence as well as Red Foley, George Jones, and a whole lot of other country singers. We had a 78rpm player and I spent many pleasant hours in front of it. It was before TV
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I don't have a band now. I played in several country music bands in the 1960's, but I gave it up to become a single act during the coffee house era. I do play shows. Ilike to play festival venues, parties, some funerals, and my favorite is House Concerts.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
I have jammed with a whole raft of wonderful musicians, and now favor Cowboy music over all the other kinds. I have recorded with Stuart Hamblen, Cliffie Stone and Red Steagall, and would dearly love to jam with Red Steagall and Don Edwards. They perform music that tells a story, and is full of life lessons, including love songs, outlaw songs and cowboy songs, which I also write.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
My biggest audience was in Chicago, at the 1966 National Farm Bureau Convention. I sang before about 5000 people. My most memorable performances are from funerals that i sang for for dear friends. I get invited to sing for my cowboy friends and they always want me to sing the old time cowboy ballads. I am glad I can add some comfort to those in mourning.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
No contest. I'd take The Drifter by Marty Robbins. It has some of the best of the best cowboy songs, even though it is about 50 yrs old. I never get tired of listening to it.
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