September 18, 1948 ~ November 9, 2014
Just Passin’ Thru is grateful to Harland for helping to co-found Just Passin’ Thru band and sharing his talents with us until his retirement from the band in September 2013. Harland was well known and well liked in the local music community. His signature vocals were unique as was his picking style. Always the consummate balladeer, whose voice rang out over the music fields, the festivals won’t be the same without him.
Rest in peace friend.
(Originally published in 2012)
lead guitar and vocals
Harland has been around the bluegrass and country music scene for about 20 years. He plays mandolin, guitar, fiddle and he sings some mighty fine ballads. Rank Strangers, Next Sunday Darlin Is My Birthday, and Shenandoah Waltz are but a few of the ballads that have become his vocal signature. A crowd favorite, Don’t Pet The Dog, gained Harland some early notoriety but, after countless renditions over the years, the song has since been retired!
Harland goes to every festival he can to get his fix of field pickin’ and hanging out with friends old and new. It’s not uncommon to hear his beckoning vocals across the festival grounds in the wee hours of the morning! Harland says “I’m looking forward to many more seasons of participation. So many tunes, so little time.”
Harland retired from JPT in September 2013. The band thanks him for his contributions, vocally and instrumentally, and wishes him all the best and many, many more tunes!