About the smokey mountain gypsy

Born into a rich family tradition of music, deep in the foothills of the Blue Ridge / Appalachian mountains, Jerry Harmon's musical career was launched at an early age, strumming a banjo fashioned from wood and groundhog hide by his uncle Gene, with radio programs featuring Hank Williams Snr., Flatt & Scruggs and Ray Price leaving a lasting influence. 

Jerry's music is a combination of blues, southern rock, country and bluegrass that blends together to become Jerry Harmon.

Through the years he has appeared at such events as North Carolina's renowned Merle-Fest, The Bath International Music Festival, The Edinburgh International Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival and many more, sharing bills with some of America's most celebrated musicians including Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs and others. 

A seventh generation 'Master Appalachian Mountain Storyteller' music is just one of Jerry's passions. Jerry gathers people around him like the mountains gather the clouds, carrying on the traditions of his family since his great great grandfather – Council Harmon – sharing the ‘Jack’ tales that were first brought to Southern Appalachian mountains of North Carolina in the early 1800’s. These tales have been passed on through the Harmon family for over 200 years, to children and grown-ups alike.

Jerry Harmon's Music

Walk Softly

Jerry Harmon

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Strong traditional country blended with folk, bluegrass and in some songs like Grandmas Are Sexy too, a little bit of Rock and Roll. Walk Softly was voted one of the Top 10 albums of 2017 by Country Music Magazine in UK.

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  1. 1 Walking to Cleveland 03:14
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  2. 2 Made of Time 03:37
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  3. 3 Walk Softly 03:24
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  4. 4 Want to Come Home 03:47
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  5. 5 Whose Mind Was Made 02:41
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  6. 6 Man I Used to Be 03:38
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  7. 7 Back To The Country 02:41
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  8. 8 Grandmas Are Sexy Too 02:45
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  9. 9 Love In The House 02:58
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  10. 10 Daddy Was Purple 03:24
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What folks are saying...

"Jerry Harmon is a natural musician who produces not only good music but real, rootsy, bluegrass music with honest, homegrown, story telling songs about real life."
Building Our Own Nashville

"He played until his fingers bled and had everyone cheering what was ultimately a top-drawer closing set."  
Maverick Magazine (at Millport Country Music Festival)

"Crisply-observed tales from the Appalachian treasure. Equal parts eloquent singer and reflective storyteller, Harmon remains the perfect antidote to the gaudy glare of modern Nashville." 
Country Music Magazine (Nominated One of the Top 10 Country Albums of 2017)

"A gruff natural country twang that is pure and authentic"
CelebMix.com

"Jerry is as good of a performer you will find that has stayed true to his roots and remained unblemished by mainstream commercial music"
Ricky Skaggs

"This is the sound of what’s known as ‘a boy done-good’." 
HiFi Pig Magazine

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"On the one side of the void lies a rich tradition, both written and oral, reaching across an ocean and back through centuries. On the other side stands one book, by Richard Chase; one family, the Harmons of North Carolina, and a company of contemporary storytellers in their thousands and listeners in their millions who have been influenced by this book and this family." - Linhadl, Carl in ‘Jack in Two Worlds’, University of North Carolina Press

Jerry Harmon is a seventh generation Master Appalachian Mountain Storyteller, keeping alive a tradition that has been in his family since his great great grandfather – Council Harmon who was the man that made the Jack & The Beanstalk tale famous and shared the ‘Jack’ tales in the Southern Appalachian mountains of North Carolina in the early 1800’s.

and the great-great grandson of Council Harmon (1803-1896) who was the first credited by historians as the original teller of Jack Tales in America and the man that made Jack & The Beanstalk famous. These stories from a repertory of more than fifty tales have been handed down as a family tradition for over 200 years in the Appalachian mountains. 

The early origins of the Jack Tales are shrouded in mystery, earliest documentary evidence being the texts commonly called Marchen by students of oral traditions. These were rhyme-based mostly, copied by hand in manuscript form. The oldest known Jack Tale is the early fifteenth-century English poem “Jack and the Stepdame”. Jack reappears in sixteenth and seventeenth-century texts and in English Renaissance drama. 

The oldest surviving texts of Jack as the boy hero is “The History of Jack and the Giants” (Newcastle, 1711) and “The History of Jack and the Bean-stalk” (London, 1734) Similar tales of a boy hero, using his wits to defeat enemies and trick his way into a comfortable life, yet demonstrating moral undertones, populate the folk traditions of Ireland, Scotland and Germany.

The Appalachian Jack Tales, related with quirky mountain humour, are very easily adapted for telling to children or to older audiences, containing more adult themes and saltier humour. 

Jerry Harmon is the last tradition bearer, authentic teller and preserver of these classic tales and described by many as a national treasure.