Student of the Week - Hank Harris!
The student of the week is...
Vocals, Guitar and More Cowbell (Percussionist)
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy in September 2017
When did you start playing music and what was/is your influence for playing music?
The Recorder in the 3rd Grade. Inspiration at the time was to make noise. I started again in September 2017 when joining RiverCity Rock Star Academy. My inspiration now is to try to feel like Elvis for a nano second then drop the mic and exit stage left.
Tell us about your musical journey?
Well, as you know, it all started in 3rd grade...I’ve always loved music. I grew up with the music of Elvis, The Kingston Trio, and Duane Eddy and His Twangy Guitar. I sang and played air guitar all the time. I day dreamed about being a rock star, even after a family member heard me singing and suggested "I wouldn't quit your day job." I didnt have a day job, so i kept day dreaming and singing, but never took it further until - fast forward to present day. My beautiful bride Lorri joined "The River City Rock Star Academy Renegades" crew. I watched as she and her sister Lisa, who are otherwise known as "The Twisted Sisters", play instruments, sing and become rock stars. I kept thinking how this Renegade thing seemed like the perfect way to reinvest in my rock star day dreams. I had a fever, and "the only prescription is more cowbell!" Lorri encouraged me to take a turn, and i joined the Renegades in the Fall of 2017. I still have my day job, but I'm having a good time at my night gig.
What is your favorite song you've played at RiverCity?
‘Hound Dog’ by Elvis and ‘Livewire’ by AC/DC.
What are your favorite bands or artists right now?
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iration, Scorpions, Lou Reed, AC/DC, and Chris Stapleton.
What is your ‘day job’ (besides a Rock Star at RiverCity)?
I'm a manager with the State of Oregon.
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