Harry Orlove started playing guitar at age 10 and did his first paying gig at age 11, where he made an astonishing $2.00. Needless to say, he was hooked. By 17, he was on the road playing and recording with brilliant songwriter Tom Rapp, in the band “Pearls Before Swine”, one of the great “underground” groups of the ‘60’s.
By 1973, Harry’s interest in the 5-string banjo and bluegrass music had become an obsession, and he worked in several ground breaking “new acoustic music” bands including, “Bottle Hill” and “The Monroe Doctrine”. This led him to a gig with Vassar Clements playing guitar on two of Vassar’s records and touring for a short time. During this period, Harry also played guitar on records by Tony Trischka and Stacy Phillips among others.
Moving to Los Angeles in 1979, Harry landed a job in the house band of the World Famous Palomino Club where he got to work with music legends such as James Burton, Jimmy Bryant, Thumbs Carlisle, “Sneaky Pete” Kleinow and Jay Dee Maness.
In his thirty five years on the West Coast, Harry has recorded with a wide range of artists like Lawrence Juber, Billy Swan, Lee Greenwood, Albert Lee, Paul Young, Robin Zander(Cheap Trick), Felix Cavalieri(The Rascals), and has also done a great deal of commercial studio work including spots for Coca-Cola and Gateway Computers. His film credits include “Deep Impact”, “Delta Force”, “Wagon’s East”, “Man Of The Year” and “The Southpark Movie”, there have also been TV sessions for “Knight Rider”, “The Promised Land”, “Murder She Wrote”, and many others. His work as a composer and arranger lists the television reality series “Cowboy 101” for the Outdoor Life Network, and Madison Mason’s “Howlin’ At The Moon”, which premiered off-Broadway at La MaMa in the Fall of 2004.
Along with appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, Harry was a member of the live, on camera house band for the NBC/Dick Clark Productions show, “Hot Country Nights”, in the course of which he played with Joe Diffie, Steve Wariner, Suzy Boggus, and other great country artists.
His recent live shows include gigs with Leann Rimes, Michelle Shocked, Fred Willard, Odetta, Lucinda Williams, Del McCoury, Johnny Tillotson, Mac Davis, Johnny Rivers, David Grisman, Ray Campi, Peter Rowan, James Intveld, Brian Setzer, Big Jay McNeely, Jerry Douglas and on and on and on..............
For the last 15 years he has been spending part of every Summer teaching a music program at McDaniel College in Westminister, Md.
Harry is also very proud to have had artist endorsements from Flaxwood Guitars (the amazing guitar producer for whom he currently does demonstrations), The Martin Guitar Company (for whom he was also demonstration artist and clinician), Fishman Transducers and Fender Musical Instruments.
It should also be noted that Harry was named Time Magazine’s “Person Of The Year” in 2006.