Will Payne Harrison

New Album Living With Ghosts out September 6th!

Radio, Press, Touring and more!

Harrison frames his honest but fabricated singer/songwriter style with an early-morning Americana alt-country sound—sleepy fiddles, dobro, nonchalant percussion. Easy, clean and humble, this, his follow-up to Louisiana Summer, is well-written but simple.
— Offbeat Magazine

I just found out yesterday that East Nashville Blues jumped the Americana charts 110 spots to #188 this week! While I might not be High As Willie (Willie Nelson's God's Problem Child was #1 this week), I am very excited about this new milestone. 

Nick Pittman at Offbeat Magazine reviewed East Nashville Blues for their May issue. Click the link to read the full article.

Today I'm hitting the road with my friend Josh Field. We'll be touring through the South over the next week and ending at WDVX Blueplate Special in Knoxville on my album release day. That night I'll be performing with Darrin Bradbury and Adrian + Meredith along with my full band! 

Be sure to pick up a copy of the new record at a show or listening digitally on your favorite musical platform May 19th!

Summer Tours / Album Release / New Video

Just a bit of an update! I had my first official Album Listening Party at The Well Coffeehouse here in Nashville and had a blast playing songs with some of the co-writers from the album. I also premiered my new music video for Southwind which can be seen below! I'll be in Lafayette, Louisiana this weekend at Reve Coffee Roasters previewing my new album, too!

Summer tour plans are in full-swing including a tour with my good friend from Austin, TX Josh Field and my Album Release tour with Adrian + Meredith. Check them out and get ready for a summer full of fun! 


Album is announced! Pre-Orders Available. Official video on the way!

I am so excited to announce the title and artwork for my new album. East Nashville Blues has been a pleasure to work on and I wanted to take the time to properly thank everyone that has been involved in the process so far! First off, my co-writers Michelle Lorge, Melanie Bresnan and Luke Andrus. Three of the tracks on the new album wouldn't have been possible without their help. To the studio crew: Austin and Breck at Magnolia Sons Studio, Peter Jacobs at Blackdog Recording, my band: Caleb Edwards, Melanie Bresnan, Kasey Armstrong, Kyle Edmonston, Gavin O'Broin, Ethan Levin, and Fawn Larson. My photographer: Jeromy Reaux. My designer: Jason Bienvenu (who has a Kickstarter for his comic book you can view HERE). My Louisiana Management: Britlyn Delahoussaye who's been killing it with helping me get the ground work down there to everyone. And finally: To my video team for my first official music video for "Southwind" which Matt Tidwell, Lenny Burnett and Michelle Lorge killed it on!

I'm so excited about all of the new material that will be coming your way over the next year. I really want to thank anyone reading this for your support and interest in what I'm doing. 

Pre-Orders launch Monday February 6th with all sorts of cool incentives to get the album before anyone else! 

For now, I'll leave you with this cool live video I did with Michelle Lorge that was shot by Matt Tidwell at the Parthenon here in Nashville, TN.



Blog #6 - Happy Birthday Louisiana Summer! Plus New Album announcement!

Well, yesterday was Labor Day which means it has been an entire year since the release of Louisiana Summer. I have officially launched my Merch Store through my friends at Mule Town Shirt Company. You can pick up my new t-shirt there along with a copy of Louisiana Summer. 

It's been a rough year for my home state of Louisiana. From unfair killings to floods destroying my old city, things haven't been pleasant out there. While Louisianians are some of the most resilient and caring people I know, there is still much need due to the flooding. I have seen many flood relief benefits in Nashville and I'm proud to have been a part of one recently. I am also working on some really cool things to help benefit Louisiana Flood victims with one of my song co-writing friends Van Wild! More on that later, but safe to say I am beyond excited. If you haven't heard of Van Wild, do yourself a favor and check her out! I've posted a video of hers at the bottom of this blog.

Finally, I have briefly announced that I will be going back into the studio in November with some of my favorite Nashville session musicians. I will be shortly launching a Kickstarter to help fund the album and get it out to the masses. This year I have written over 40 songs and I'm working hard to whittle it down to an album's worth of material - it's harder than you'd think! There will be much more on my upcoming studio time and album! Stay tuned!

Blog #5 - It's Been a While

Well, it has been a while since I have updated via a blog post. There have been a lot of great things going on behind the scenes that I am excited to share soon! I have been slaving away all winter writing new songs for my next album. I've shared a few new ones via my YouTube and Facebook profiles. I have also picked up a few new members in my band along the way including DRUMS! Which is exciting for me as I haven't had a drummer since my days in The Onlies. 

Matt McCarthy played drums on some new videos that I have coming out over the next few months including the one at the bottom of this post for "102 Reasons". I also had the joy of working with bluegrass fiddler Kasey Armstrong, harmony singer Anna Edwards, and of course my two long time favorites Gavin O'Broin and Caleb Edwards. I also would be remiss not to mention the very talented Pete Jacobs and Melanie Bresnan for audio and video recording at Black Dog Productions.

This spring and summer are filling up with tour dates including some Northern runs, CMA Fest Week showcases and a trip down to Louisiana! Keep checking back my tour schedule for updates on where I'll be! I am looking at doing a songwriter podcast including discussing some of my favorite songs and diving into the thought process of songwriting. Look for those about once a month coming soon! If you are reading this, thank you for your support and I hope to see you out somewhere this summer! 



Blog #4 - Louisiana Tour

November has been a great month for me! I was invited by American Songwriter Magazine to play a Songwriter Showcase at The Sutler, played The 5 Spot and visited my home state for a end of the year tour. 

Playing at the Feed N Seed in Lafayette, La. Photo by Brian Fischer.

Below is my first Vlog from the tour:

Blog #3 - No Country For New Nashville / Clarity Video Coming Soon

A special thanks to No Country For New Nashville for premiering my video of "Don't You Worry" this week! September 5th is right around the corner and I am really looking forward to the official release of my debut album. I am thrilled with the amount of support that I have been receiving and I look forward to all of the upcoming touring that I will be doing in support of the new album. 

In other big news- I am in the planning phases for the official music video for my first single "Clarity". I am beyond thrilled to have landed a deal with New Orleans based videographer, producer and director Robert Todd Campbell. Mr. Campbell has directed past videos on projects I have been a part of and he is also debuting his feature film The Mourning Hills at this year's New Orleans Film Festival! Kudos to me for scoring such a great director and kudos to him for landing a feature at New Orleans Film Festival!

Blog Post #1 - Casting Off Fear

First off, thank you for caring enough about my personal thoughts to take the time to read this blog. I want to start off this blog post by stating that I am a proud American. I grew up in Central Louisiana where, as I'm sure this doesn't surprise you, most people are Republican and Christian (most likely Pentecostal or Baptist). I am here to admit freely that I am a fearful person. Fear is based in needing control of situations, and I like to feel in control. I am often afraid of what people will think of my opinions and possibly losing friendships over them, so often I am quiet. 

I grew up Catholic where my wonderful mother took me to Church every Sunday. By no fault of her own, I decided to explore my faith and wound up in some interesting places including Southern Baptist, Assemblies of God, Methodist and now the Episcopal Church (not too far from where I started). In Central and South Louisiana, there are many unspoken rules to Christianity. There are several big ones that I have never tried to challenge or question. Several that come to mind are issues on abortion, sexual orientation, and marriage. 

Some of you may know, I married young and divorced. While I used to feel the need to dive into the specifics to validate myself for not being a failure in the eyes of the church, I no longer feel that need as strongly. I have had some thoughtless people tell me hurtful things that they genuinely thought to be helpful. The phrase "to walk a mile in someone else's shoes" never had more meaning until I went through this. 

I only wish to be open and honest for myself with this blog. Not to impress or offend any readers. My top priority as a human being is to be more loving and understanding. For too long, I have let fear rule my every day decisions and keep me silent when I feel I should speak. I don't believe that social media is necessarily the best platform for facing your fear. I'm still hiding behind a computer screen and I can carefully select my words. With my new album, Louisiana Summer, I spent a lot of time facing fears and dealing with emotions through songwriting. This has been both terrifying and liberating at the same time.

I write all of that to preface two huge events taking place in America right now that may be terrifying to some. First the removal of the confederate flag from many Southern capitols. I enjoy American History and World History very much. I take great interest in the Civil War. My hometown was burned to the ground by the Union during the Red River Campaign (read more about Alexandria burning here). My grandfather used to tell us stories about finding old Civil War cannon balls and bullets in trees in his grandfather's backyard. This was an extremely painful time in our history for everyone. Maybe some fear that removing this flag removes some form of Southern heritage. Maybe some fear our evolution as a country. I understand Southern pride. I fly my Acadian flag high with pride. What I don't understand is not acknowledging the pain that it causes our African-American brothers and sisters. If this is an issue of state's rights and heritage, can we simply create a new flag? The Confederate flag is a part of History and deserves its place in museums and books. But, that's really the only place it belongs. Could you imagine Germany flying the Nazi flag on their government buildings?

My second issue is same-sex marriage. As I said before, I fear speaking out for fear of losing friends and fans over this issue, but I have to accept that I can't control this and speak what is true to me. What I have to say does not reflect the opinions or views of anyone else in my band, I speak freely for myself. With this issue, I often find myself in a dichotomy of sorts. Struggling with what has been told to me my whole life verses what I see in people I have met who are wonderfully loving people who happen to love someone that is the same gender as they are. At the end of the day, it isn't fair that two people who love each other and are committed to one another can't enjoy the tax, insurance and other benefits granted by our government simply because certain religious organizations don't condone it. 

"How can you say to your brother 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye'" - Jesus 

Let's all work on ourselves for now, as Jesus commanded.

At any rate, it's good to know that Emmy Lou can now tie the knot. If she wants to.