Marc Harris & the 70 Eights


70 Eights

A Rhythm and Blues Band

The soul of the band, Jab Wilson, adds vintage harmonica overtones to the band’s sound. Growing up a fan of Little Walter, Paul Butterflied and the Rolling Stones, Jab discovered his own style of blending the electric harp with all kinds of music. Wilson ultimately worked with J.D. Souther giving him the chance to open for Tina Turner and spent many years adding his hi-fidelity harp sound to the soulful songs of Spencer Bohren.

With great sadness we announce Jab Wilson’s passing on December 30, 2020. This band was founded with Jab to highlight his amazing harp talent. Our recordings will forever be part of Jab Wilson’s legacy and represent the enjoyment he had in his final years producing this music.

At the heart of the band, Ryan Tillery’s back beat and Greg Clemmons strong rhythm create an analog feel with a rock-solid vibe. Living in Decatur, Alabama, Ryan had a chance as a young drummer to record with Rick Hall, giving him a kick start in the Shoals. Ryan went on to tour with one of Jason Isbell’s early bands as well as country artists Jamie O’Neal and Billy Dean. Greg Clemmons writes in addition to bass and vocals and keeps the pulse flowing. A Seasoned musician, Greg played bass with the roots band Ophelia & the Blue Ticks and also worked with the band Shadow Cabinet.

The face of the band and the co-founder, Marc Harris lived the Nashville story in reverse. Raised in Music City he played night club gigs in high school and made a conscious  effort to catch a tour bus out of town. In the early 90s Harris hit ‘The Road’ with Lee Roy Parnell, John Berry, and Stacey Dean Campbell. Marc’s upbeat guitar and twangy vocals help give the band a Rhythm and Blues center.

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