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Campbell Harrison: “The River”

By: Eric Reyes
May 20, 2020

Americana is more than an aesthetic, it is also a way of life. Or rather an understanding of a people and nation, specifically their trials and tribulations. In the stellar Americana/Folk/Blues track by Nashville, Tennessee native Campbell Harrison, these foundational aspects of the genre are realized. 

Combining the spirit of the Southern Gospel tradition with the modern musicality of contemporary Folk, as well as soulful, almost pained Blues Guitar, this is a powerful offering of the genre. Campbell Harrison strives to capture the everyday and beautify it, the unrecognized, common struggle of the average man, and their stubborn, unending march against the current, against the pressure of the world. The lyrical content of this track captures that exceedingly well, flowing from a narrative quality into the ‘sing along’ chorus of a borderline prayer. Often, Americana can be lost in the shuffle of Pop Country, of pre-set playlists, the white noise of the modern music industry. Fortunately, Campbell Harrison has the power of both his talent and his wordsmithing to carry him leagues above the chaff on the airwaves. 

And he also has the soul, the spirit, to elevate his content beyond mere entertainment. I’m a fan, and a believer, and I think you will be too. Stream it below, and tell us what you think of it on social media at: @gasmaskmagazine.

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