"....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 Vol 1. 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 Nashville based 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.