“A Local Favorite” – Asheville Citizen Times, “An All-Star Band” – Bob Hinkle, Co-Founder and Manager of the White Horse Black Mountain
Joey Harrington embraces his non-traditional musical education. His interest in music began at an early age, taking piano lessons in elementary school from a local pianist. His interest then turned towards playing guitar and electronic sample-based music before rediscovering his love for piano at a later age. After graduating from high school in 2010, Harrington spent five formative years pursuing his music and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota and then subsequently in Asheville, North Carolina. After returning to school, he graduated summa cum laude from UNC-Asheville in May of 2020 with both a B.F.A. in Jazz in Contemporary Music Performance and B.A. in History. Harrington studied with pianist Dr. Bill Bares while at UNC-Asheville.
Apart from being a hired free-lance musician, Joey plays in number of groups including the Joey Harrington Trio, the Wayne Banks Trio, Less Poets, Vermillion Quartet, and the Mouthbreathers. While at UNC-Asheville in 2019, Joey Harrington recorded his first album as leader, Lipinsky Sessions. The album is Spotify, iTunes, and other streaming services. Videos of the recording session can be peaked here! Harrington has also recorded with various other groups, most recently recording synthesizers for a MouthBreathers album in the summer of 2020.
In Asheville, North Carolina, Harrington played at venues throughout Western North Carolina including the Asheville Beauty Academy, Save Me The Waltz, The White Horse, The Mothlight, Oskar Blues Brewery, The Asheville Club, the Local 604, the 305 Lounge, Zambra, The Social Lounge, and Southern Appalachian Brewery among others. The performing schedule included various residencies at places including Antidote, the Asheville Club, Appalachian Coffee and the Battery Park Wine Bar (a two year weekly residence).
During the Covid pandemic, Harrington relocated to the New River Valley with his partner, Bow, who is pursuing her graduate studies. He has been immensely grateful to have the time to pursue his own artistic growth in the New River Valley while also being able to collaborate virtually with various artists.