Biography

Biography

"....scattered pieces all around me on the ground...yeah and I'm still scared as hell to hear the sound. In this fucked up war we fight it seems there ain't no end in sight...and when I found my buddy's rifle I had to pry it from his cold dead hands..."

 

Those are the lyrics from "Cold Dead Hands," one of NOVEMBER SOUTH'S darkest songs off their debut album, WAR STORIES. The lyrics show they are willing to forge a creative path to music about subjects rarely addressed by other artists. NOVEMBER SOUTH is the collaboration between singer/songwriter Will Harrison and lyricist  Colonel Jimmy Blackmon, U.S. ARMY (Ret). The songwriting duo joined forces in 2019 after many years of friendship and have created a sound that is raw and emotional with a distinct patriotic vibe. Diving head first into uncharted territory with songs about what it's like to live with the effects of war in the modern age, Harrison, having never served, draws inspiration from his own battles in life acknowledging, "We all fight our own wars. Some wars are just different than others." WAR STORIES is powered by Blackmon's life and service to our country and gives voice to some of what soldiers may face on the battlefield and at home. NOVEMBER SOUTH'S unique approach to Alt/Country, with songs about life, death, family, courage, anxiety, freedom and war, will draw you in and may never let you go.

 

Will Harrison's deep voice and haunting melodies carry the songs with certainty. Adding to that certainty, he delivers a solid foundation of acoustic and electric guitar to the songs, while also feeding the sonic landscape with melodic banjo and piano textures. Additionally, the sound is rounded out with a variety of exceptional musicians in various other genres of music. Hired gun, Josh Matheney, one of Nashville's most sought after session players, brings to the songs top level dobro and steel guitar leads that take your breath away. Matt Magerkurth with his eclectic cello stylings, brings new depth of emotion to an already deep record. Also hired in for the project was bassist Gabe Nelson (CAKE). Gabe's unique musical background and amazing ability as a player really helped shape the sound. But that sound wouldn't be the same without the creative mind of Matthew Putman (Living Sacrifice, Love Drug). Putman not only produced the record, but also played drums/percussion and performed most of the background and harmony vocals. He became totally immersed in the project, putting his soul, vision and passion into each and every track. 

 

NOVEMBER SOUTH's mission is to help others through the medicine of music. Our most sincere hope is that by telling our war stories we can help bring some peace to others fighting their own war stories. 

America

" America"

Written by Will Harrison & Jimmy Blackmon

 

Thinkin back on the place where I grew up..

it had a lot less pain 
it had a lot less hate
it had a lot more love 
but that’s not the way it was for everyone 
and I see that now 
and I think somehow 
we should find a better way
in America

We’ve been waitin on a sunset that never came
our screens are feeding us lies
the lies are feeding divides
our minds are goin insane
we’re all just tryin to believe 
in something meaningful 
but as it stands right now I’d say we failed the test 

What have we become America?

I don’t know where we are 
but I know right where we’ve been
we're out here searching for truth 
we’re out here searching for sanity again
and I know 
and I know that it’s still worth fighting for
and the winds of change are bound to blow again

Love is what we need America

What have we done?

Where are we now?
Where do we go from here? 
oh America...

What have we become America? 
America...
 

Eleven Bravo

MIKE

" Mike"

Written by Jimmy Blackmon & Will Harrison

 

In a valley far away 

a team of kiowas made their way

along a road in east Afghanistan 

an Afghan man he walked along

but nothin seemed so wrong

with the situation as you checked him out

so you decided to move on

but a gun was quickly drawn

and the bullet with your fate was sent along

you tried to stop the bleeding 

but you felt your life was fleeting

and you realized your race on earth was run

 

You never really know

how or when your life will go

all you get to choose is how you live

 

I often wonder bout that man

I don’t suppose he had a plan

you flew by and he decided to risk it all

he thought he had a shot

and something said maybe he ought

so he made a choice that changed our lives that day...

with the new of the casualty 

grief spread throughout the cavelry

we’d lost another brother to this damn war

and I sat that day in total misery

when I was told that you had passed away

 

You never really know

how or when your life will go

all you get to choose is how you live 

 

well just two months prior you and I flew under fire 

through the valleys of east Afghanistan 

but now all I have are tattered photographs

of a man I love and a hole inside my heart

 

You never really know

how or when your life will go

all you get to choose is how you live 

 

in a valley get away 

a team of kiowas made their way

along a road in east Afghanistan 

Monterey

" Monterey"

Written by Jimmy Blackmon & Will Harrison

 

Monterey, I always thought I’d go back home to Monterey...

I’d never dreamed it’d end this way well Monterey 

just a single year away and then...

 

I’d come back to you

I’d have so much to say oh well Monterey 

I’d tell you all about the time I spent away

Fighting for our freedom in a world away

 

And now that I am gone

I can see everything 

you never know the price you’ll pay

 

I did my best but I can’t change a thing

I never meant to stay

And I’m sorry love, I’m sorry that I’ve gone away

 

But Monterey, I always thought I’d go back home to Monterey 

 

Before I left, I told you don’t forget to pray

but I suppose God had other plans for me 

I’m headed out and this time I ain’t goin back

to Monterey

 

Now that I am gone 

I can see everything 

you never know the price you’ll pay

 

I did my best but I can’t change a thing

I never meant to stay

And I’m sorry love, I’m sorry that I’ve gone away

 

Monterey, I always thought I’d go back home to Monterey...

 

Life And Death Game

" Life and Death Game"

Written by Jimmy Blackmon & Will Harrison

 

Don’t know if I’m dreamin

or just tryin to remember it all

I’m tangled in memories between home

and a far away fall

well I wanna go home

but the home that I know is now gone

rounds popping off rocks like the sparks

from a fire and I’m gone

 

And I love it and I hate it

but I just can’t explain it

it twists up my guts and it tattoos my brain

with pictures that I can’t explain

it’s a life and death game

 

We were pinned down in a valley

with echos of home in my head

said I’ve got to survive cause that little girl

sure needs her dad

so I move out with purpose 

and take care of the task that’s at hand

just another deep valley 

somewhere here in Afghanistan 

 

Well I love it and I hate it

but I just can’t explain it

it twists up my guts and it tattoos my brain

with pictures that I can’t explain

it’s a life and death game 

 

Artillery thunders as helos come chopperin in

they fire and maneuver 

as the enemy covers their heads

and like manic they’re gone

and we don’t even know if they’re dead

so it’s back to the base where we’ll rest up and do it again

 

Well I love it and I hate it

but I just can’t explain it

it twists up my guts and it tattoos my brain

with pictures that I can’t explain

it’s a life and death game 

 

Away in my head tryin hard to make sense of it all

the price that we pay man sometimes

just feels like it’s wrong

well Mike and J.C. hell I miss em both

but they’re gone...

so try hard not to think 

cause it just might not add up at all

 

Well I love it and I hate it

but I just can’t explain it

it twists up my guts and it tattoos my brain

with pictures that I can’t explain

it’s a life and death game