Samuel Ferris Harmon is the only redhead in his family. He grew up in Oregon, where he was home-schooled and fed a macrobiotic diet. He spent a lot of time by himself, climbing trees.
Although Samuel has always been musically inclined, he didn’t start playing on stage until relatively late in life. In the last few years, he’s worked his ass off on the open mic circuit in his hometown of Eugene, Oregon. Eventually he gained enough popularity (or notoriety) to play shows at the world famous WOW Hall and to headline shows at Luckey’s Cigar Club, Cozmic Pizza, among other fine Eugene establishments. His cover of Bob Dylan’s “One More Cup of Coffee” has garnered over 60,000 plays on YouTube in just over a year.
Samuel has shared a stage with such artists as:
Halie Loren, Jesse Meade, I Am Not Left Handed, Robert Meade, Scott Austin, Steve Ibach, Adventure Galley, Sea Bell, Jamie Sterling, Not Counting The Mezzanine, Micheal Conley, and many more.
Samuel’s goal is to create music that he’s never heard before. He draws from a diverse pool of influences including but not limited to:
John Frusciante, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Captain Beefheart, Richie Havens, Janis Joplin, Eazy-E, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tim Buckley, Will Oldham, Vincent Gallo, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Frank Zappa and many more.
In 2010 Samuel introduced the world to Blazer Smith and released a box set of ten experimental albums called the Radio Experiment. This project not only garnered the attenion of local Zine Exiled In Eugene but also the attention of Buddyhead.com creator Travis Keller in Hollywood California.
In addition to music and filmmaking, he draws, paints, creates comics, and utilizes his self-taught graphic design and computer skills to promote the WOW Hall, where is the current art director and house manager.
He is rumored to have been a member of Small Boatz, but denies everything.