Pat Harris is a bassist, songwriter, and composer with musical roots in classical, jazz, and American traditions. Originally from Michigan, he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in classical bass performance and a minor in philosophy from Central Michigan University (2007). He earned his Master’s degree in jazz studies with academic honors from the University of Texas at Austin (2009).
Harris maintains an active and multi-genre performance schedule. He records and tours nationally and internationally with the award winning nuevo tango ensemble THE AUSTIN PIAZZOLLA QUINTET, has been a mainstay with the acclaimed songsmith REED TURNER and has collaborated with countless other world class artists in various settings. In addition to live and studio work, he has composed and arranged music for commercials and radio, and has served as musical director and arranger for an eclectic assortments of projects.
Through his own Wigglestump Records label, Harris has released four recordings as a leader: Live 4/9/09 (2009), Traveling By Moonlight (2011), Hour Before the Mourning (2013), and his most recent album of original material, recorded under the band name THE FORGOTTEN PROPHETS, titled The End, (2016).
Harris blogs extensively about his experiences as a musician in an ever changing industry and other observations through the THOUGHTS page. He is currently working on his first philosophical book On the Value of the Live Experience.
“This is precisely the style of music that helped to put Austin on the map as a music town.” – Rod Ames, From Under the Basement
“Harris shows himself to be the consummate tunesmith.” – Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville
“Left Me Like You is the stand-out record here. It is a crowd-friendly tune for those who prefer radio-friendly folk over the special interest sound of bluegrass, and it is a sweet ballad for the heartbroken.” – Kailyn Terlato, Long Island Pop Culture Examiner
“As a songwriter, Mr. Harris has a very bright future before him, and his contribution to this album is immense… Songs so good and so clean in their construction that they feel almost ageless upon first listen… All of them benefit from production that is almost perfect for each song. For that we should all tip our hats again to G. Pat Harris.” – John C. McClure, Victory Acoustic Music Magazine
“This was one of my favorite songs to track — the groove is just so thick. I sent out a rough demo to the guys, and when Pat walked into rehearsal with that bass line, everything fell perfectly into place.” – Reed Turner, songwriter
“Harris’s compositions are artful yet accessible pieces that demonstrate a deep and broad well of musical influences.” – Michael Teager, MT-Headed Blog
“Harris solos with aplomb.” – C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz