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Local Music Monday: Guitarist Joe Harbison

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On this week’s Local Music Monday DeBraun Thomas features one of the trailblazers of the carny punk scene.

Guitarist Joe Harbison is a native of Lexington who started taking music seriously when he was in high school. It was not long after that Harbison began playing around town. Harbison credits his early exposure to the music scene to the clubs that would let him play when he was under age.

“It was really beneficial to me that I got the opportunity to play the Dame and stuff pretty early and because of that there aren’t many places in town to kinda cut your teeth so breaking in kinda requires you to show up on the scene, but it’s a whole different ball game playing live than it is playing in your basement.”

Harbison started out playing house shows in different punk bands, but since 2008 Harbison has been a core member of the neo-carnival punk band Ford Theatre Reunion. In 2013 Ford Theatre Reunion released their album Famous Monsters. Harbison says the album was a labor of love in that the whole experience has allowed him to grow as an artist.

Joe Harbison performs with Ford Theatre Reunion. More information about Ford Theatre Reunion can be found here.

DeBraun Thomas fell in love with radio at a young age but only had interest in working in radio after learning Funk musician Sly Stone got his start in radio. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Thomas moved to Lexington in 2009 to attend the University of Kentucky and pursue a career in radio. Thomas joined WRFL in 2009 and through the UK school of Journalism, Thomas had 2 features air on WUKY. In October of 2012, Thomas began interning at WUKY and produced the Unghosting of Medgar Evers. In August of 2013 Thomas became a staff member at WUKY and since that time, Thomas regularly produces the weekly segment Local Music Mondays which highlights local musicians in Lexington. Thomas hosts the Crunkadelic Funk Show which airs Saturday nights at 9pm and also produced a documentary on the 50th anniversary of the March on Frankfort. In addition to producing and hosting a radio show, Thomas also explores his other passion as a musician in Lexington.
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