The first time I ever saw Barry Lee Harwood play was around 1980, at the fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta. He was playing guitar with the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash survivors in a red hot new band called The Rossington Collins Band, lead of course by Skynyrd axe slingers Gary Rossington and Allen Collins. It was a great band. After that group broke up, Barry Lee played with The Allen Collins Band as well.
Several years ago, Barry Lee began talking about recording a new solo CD, and I am more than happy to say that it is now available. It took a while, but it was well worth the wait.
Barry Lee shows off all of his different sides on this excellent release, from the tried and true Southern Rock of “No Regrets” ti the down home country of “Laid Back in the South.” (Coming on the next Gritz Compilation CD soon!) The album is like reading a good biography. We leard a lot about the man.
He shows off his ample mandolin skills on a bluegrass tinged “Rocky Top Flyer,” and puts some rockin’ spirit in the old hymn “Swing Low Sweet Chariot.” So good.
The songwriting is stellar. Great songs like “Between Me and My Dreams” and the beautiful Christian spirit of “I Am That I Am” highlight a collection that is sure to please a wide range of fans. Truthfully, there’s something for everyone here. And I am happy to say it is all good. Really good. Phone the neighbors and wake the kids, this is a family friendly release from a real legend of Southern Rock.
- Michael Buffalo Smith