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Don't Bail

by Mic Harrison

Former V-Roys front man, Mic Harrison's first ever solo album. Recorded in 1993 before Mic joined the V-Roys, Don't Bail contains the same country/ pop/ rock stylings that would become the staple sound for that band from Knoxville.
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1. Pick You Up
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2. Parking Lots
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3. Ghost of a Friend
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4. Kiss the Bride
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5. Picnic Table
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6. Yard Sale
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7. Pictures
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8. Small Town
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9. Snow on the Buttercups
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10. Beer & Gin
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11. Don't Bail
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12. Cat Named Fleas
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mic Harrison, former guitarist/singer/songwriter for the Knoxville-based band The V-Roys, has released his solo project titled Don't Bail on compact disc. The record was originally recorded in October 1993 at Southern Sound Studio in Knoxville, and was released on cassette at that time. The project was just recently digitally mastered, and the final result is a disc that highlights Harrison's knack for writing great hooks and catchy lyrics. A skill that Harrison crafted before his days as a member of The V-Roys, and one, which continues to get even better with every song, he writes. Also see Mic's other project The Faults, here - http://cdbaby.com/cd/faults

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E.K. Norway

Good music, indeed!
Mic Harrisons music is a new and nice acquaintance to me, and this Cd together with his other album "Pallbearer's Shoes" are among the CD's I most often listen to these days.
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Matthew Permar

The songs are about life, sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet, but always with in-
Harrison recorded this one with V-Roys drummer Jeff
Bills, among others, who he had known since childhood.
Recorded and initially released on cassette in 1993,
Don't Bail made its way to CD late last year.
This is primarily the early, acoustic side of a man
who would become one of the hardest rockin' Les Paul
pickers in the southeast.
The songs are about life, sometimes bitter, sometimes
sweet, but always with in-your-face reality.
A less-than-perfect family life is depicted in "Picnic
Table"... "A house ain't home without a picnic table /
Why the hell we got a picnic table?..." And "Snow on
the Buttercups," is a moving coming of age song about
the urge to get away from home and a tough father.
One of my favorites, "Kiss the Bride," is a young
man's jab at hearing about a former girlfriend who's
marrying another... "I wonder if they'd get pissed
off, if I kissed the bride."
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John Brandon

For those who like just a guy and a guitar singing good songs, you'll love this
Mic Harrison was the slightly more countrified singer-songwriter in the now defunct band The V-Roys. Scott Miller was the other singer-songwriter in the band, and both are working on new solo records.

This release was actually recorded in 1993 before Harrison joined the V-Roys. Obviously, it has none of the Steve Earle influence (evident on songs like his co-written "Sorry Sue") and is also missing (thankfully) the V-Roys characteristically loose sound. I know, I know: some people really like them for that, but Harrison was obviously going for a tighter sound here.

The record has that "demo tape" feel, meaning it doesn't seem to have a lot of depth or character that comes after years of recording and touring. Most songs start out the same with just Harrison on guitar, making them hard to identify at times. For the most part, songwriting is clever (especially "Kiss the Bride") while the music is always good but never groundbreaking or inventive. For those who like just a guy and a guitar singing good songs, you'll love this one.

Now, the record label web site claims that this is a long-lost record that became a "legend," but I would probably attribute that to record label marketing overstatement. Granted, it is one more quality alt-country record from an artist who obviously had not found himself yet. If it's a taste of thing to come from a solo Harrison, we have a lot to look forward to.

My favorite was the low key "Pictures" which features an agonizingly good fiddle harmony by Peggy Hambright (Judybats). "Snow on the Buttercups" reminded me of Pete Krebs just a bit, with that driving acoustic guitar. It also has a compelling storyline (what to do with your life) and a finely crafted acoustic guitar solo halfways through.

A lot can happen in seven or eight years, but this record actually sounds more interestign and listenable than all of the V-Roys work combined. Whether you agree will depend on ho wmuch you like Scott Miller and Steve Earle, because this one sounds like niether of them.




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Lee Zimmerman - Entertainment News And Views

Harrison writes songs about ordinary, everyday individuals captured in small tow
Don’t Bail goes in a different direction, emphasizing a sweet, down-home sensibility that’s affecting in a different sort of way. Recorded in 1993 prior to the band’s formation, it reveals a songwriter who’s already tapped into his craft. Harrison writes songs about ordinary, everyday individuals captured in small town settings. And he does so with a poignancy and personal perspective that’s akin to a snapshot from a book of memories. "Picnic Table," "Yard Sale" and "Snow on the Buttercups" are rich in description and filled with a sense of wistful nostalgia that’s incredibly affecting. Filled with irony and intelligence, Harrison shows a skill he’ll be able to bank on long after the band’s final performance fades into memory.

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Jack Neely

Don't Bail is a refreshing collection of diverse pop.
Now imagine this: a fresh CD of music you've never heard, songs written by one of the V-roys and featuring three of the four V-roys—maybe assisted by other talented musicians, like frequent Scott Miller collaborator John Taylor on banjo, future V-roys lawyer Scott Carpenter on guitar and onetime Judybat Peggy Hambright on fiddle, with guitar icon Terry Hill at the controls.

As it happens, it's already been done. Don't Bail is Mike Harrison's latest CD, and his earliest—recorded back in 1993, months before the original Viceroys formed, and nearly three years before Harrison joined the group as co-guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. Hardly known in Knoxville, Harrison then lived in rural West Tennessee. At the urging of his childhood friend, drummer Jeff Bills, Harrison drove 300 miles to Knoxville's Southern Sound studios and made one cassette tape for commercial distribution.

For six years, Don't Bail has been an oddity evolving into a legend. Many who've heard the tape have thought it deserved wider exposure. (Digitally remastered, the CD sounds clean, but also lops out two of the tape's original tracks.) It's a welcome reproduction of that session with some luminous songs: the opener, "Pick You Up," is a bright modern-pop piece that deserved rotation on alternative radio in 1993. It may make it, yet. There's also some full-tilt rock 'n' roll here, like "Small Town." Overall, Don't Bail is diverse variations on a country theme, with plenty of openings for Miller's harp, Hambright's fiddle, and Taylor's banjo.

Miller also helps out with background vocals, including a hilarious exchange on "Yard Sale" that sounds like something from a John Bean tape. Several of Harrison's songs are funny or sentimental short stories, something like Lyle Lovett might have done after Maybelle Carter gave him a good talking to about the sunny side. You may listen to "Picnic Table" a few times, trying to discern something sinister about it, only to realize it may just be about a picnic table in a back yard. Harrison's known for his pop hooks, and they're here. And a lost-love song like "Kiss the Bride" is bitter enough to be pass Miller's patented pH test for acidity. But what you come away with, because they startle you, are Harrison's ironic reflections about family, the obligations and conflicts that still weigh more heavily on Southerners.

Old as it is, Don't Bail is a refreshing collection of diverse pop, and a promise of things to come. See, the V-roys aren't completely disbanded; Harrison and Bills will keep playing together. Lynn Point Records, publisher of Don't Bail, is the business they're forming to promote their work.

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Lk - Rootstown Music

Catchy is the keyword for Don’t Bail.
Oudje van Mic Harrison (inderdaad die van de V-Roys) opgenomen in 1993 en nu uitgebracht op cd.
‘Catchy’ is het sleutelwoord voor Don't Bail, pakkende riffs en refreintjes overgoten met een rootsrock sausje. In aanleg is er helemaal niets mis met deze plaat, rootsrock à la carte, ware het niet dat het natuurlijk enigszins gedateerd materiaal is en ook zo klinkt.
Don't Bail smaakt zeker naar meer, ben benieuwd waar Harrison anno 2000 mee bezig is. (LK)
(www.lynnpoint.com)
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David J. Klug - Blue Suede News

Don't Bail showcases Harrison's songwriting skills .
The V-Roy's Mic Harrison and Jeff Bills have started their own indie label, Lynn Point Records, and their first release is Harrison's Don't Bail. Originally recorded in October 1993 in Knoxville, the music was only released on cassette at that time. Now digitally re-mastered, Don't Bail showcases Harrison's songwriting skills and suggests the melody and groove that would come later on V-Roy's records. Bills played drums and V-Roy's vocalist Scott Miller joined the band on harmonica and background vocals. This record, like Are You Through Yet?, helps ease the pain of the V-Roys' split.


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Wayne Bledsoe - Knoxville News Sentinel

"Don't Bail" contains the warm roots-rock sensibility of Harrison's work with th
One of the saddest events of 1999 was the break-up of the V-Roys."Don't Bail" (Lynn Point) by Mic Harrison was actually recorded before Harrison joined the band.

Not surprisingly, "Don't Bail" contains the warm roots-rock sensibility of Harrison's work with the V-Roys and a few of the numbers could've easily fit into that band's repertoire. However, many of the tracks on "Don't Bail" display a looser acoustic charm that Harrison never displayed as a member of his hard-driving former group.

Harrison is backed by banjos, acoustic guitars and the occasional fiddle. Stand-out tracks include "Kiss the Bride," "Pick You Up," "Parking Lots," and the pleading title cut.

It makes you anxious to hear what tunes Harrison has been keeping to himself since this 1993 work was recorded.

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Wncw's Crossroads

"Don't Bail" is a collection of tunes you'll find yourself drawn to again and ag
The V-Roys are, or were, for that matter, one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands ever. Hailing from Knoxville, TN, they rocked with reckless abandon and clever craftsmanship. Always rough, never polished...even in the studio. 'Nuff said.

As bookends to the band's run is the solo release from singer and guitarist Mic Harrison called "Don't Bail." I mention bookends in the sense that it was recorded and released on cassette only in 1993. Seven years later, it's reached the ears of listeners everywhere on compact disc. "Don't Bail" is full of some mighty fine songwriting. You've been where Harrison has, whether it's at the wedding of your ex-lover or haggling at a yard sale. At each event you're causing trouble, but that's just who you are.

From sensitive recollections to loose rockers, Harrison's early songwriting potential reveals a kinship to fellow Tennessee poet Alex Chilton during the early days of Big Star. Mainly acoustic and full of great hooks, "Don't Bail" is a collection of tunes you'll find yourself drawn to again and again.











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William Michael Smith

"Don't Bail" is a wonderful set of catchy songs, some of them quirky and humorou
With the band's breakup, boyhood friends and former V-Roys Mic Harrison and Jeff Bills formed a new label, Lynn Point Records, and have released two projects, Harrison's "Don't Bail" (produced by Bills) and "Punt," a 1992 recording of Bill's college band, Taoist Cowboys. For V-Roys fans, these records are required listening, for these are the seed packets the V-Roys' grew from. All the elements are here in these two discs: the '60s sensibilities, the precise, clean playing, the intelligent, energetic songs with neat hooks.

The V-Roys could sing a heartbreakingly simple tune like 'Hold On To Me' on one track, then crank up the voltage, reverb and testosterone ("Sometimes I want some mother's milk/Sometimes I want some meat/ But when I want them both/You better get away from me") on the next and just blow audiences away, like on 'Winding Down' or 'Strange.' As "Don't Bail" shows, Harrison had already mastered those diverse skills before becoming a V-Roy.

"Don't Bail" is a wonderful set of catchy songs, some of them quirky and humorous, others simply literate and true. Harrison's greatest composing skill may be in the area of the "reminiscing about lost love" category. In the mountain music-ish 'Parking Lots,' Harrison paints vivid pictures and scores telling points with the simplest of images.

We walked through the fields together
Wind messin' up your hair
We talked about forever
Those fields are parking lots now

'Kiss the Bride' is similar to the song the V-Roys were probably best known for, the biting, ironic 'Goodnight, Loser.' Whereas in 'Goodnight, Loser,' the singer watches as the girl leaves a bar with another guy, in 'Kiss the Bride' the singer comments on the marriage of his former lover to another man. The sentiment is just as witty, sardonic, and selfishly vicious as that expressed in 'Goodnight, Loser.'

When they're walking down the aisle,
Eveybody's got a great big smile
Would it piss 'em off if I kiss the bride?

On the rocking 'Small Town,' Harrison and former Taoist Cowboy Scott Carpenter demonstrate the guitar attack that presaged what a V-Roys live show would sound like, while Harrison bemoans the fact that "this small town gets so dark late at night."

Harrison gets humorous on another quirky, off-center folk-rocker, 'Yard Sale.' This song could easily have come from the Todd Snider songbook, with its jesting look at yard sale logic and etiquette. Daniel Moore plays a growling, distorted, fuzz-toned lead guitar track that is a perfect fit for the subject matter. The voice-over white trash comic dialogue that ends the track is worth the price of admission to Harrison's marginal world.

"Don't Bail" is filled with melancholy songs and laments, but probably none so melancholy as the beautiful, sparse 'Beer and Gin.' With nothing but an acoustic guitar and a bit of harmonica and a scant taste of harmony vocal, Harrison quietly and philosophically confronts the musician's demons.

It's another Sunday mornin' trying to get me up again
And I didn't heed the warnings, don't mix beer and gin
And they're trying to get me to go to church but I don't think they are gonna win
I've been reading from my Bible, smelling like beer and gin

Harrison has a new band called The Faults, consisting of former V-Roys bassman Paxton Sellars and Knoxville music scene veterans Robbie Trosper on guitar and Jason Peters on drums. A Lynn Point press release notes about Harrison's new project: "No longer constrained by alt-country's frustrating limitations or their suit-and-tie-professionalism (the V-Roys always performed in suits and ties), Harrison led his troops into new musical waters." The release describes the new band as harder rocking and edgier than the V-Roys. The Faults will have an album of new originals out on the Lynn Point label in late April. (Bills played drums on the recording but is not touring with the band, as he is concentrating on getting Lynn Point on a solid business footing.)
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