I was born on July 6, 1958 in Jacksonville, FL, where I lived until I was 23 and moved to Macon GA, to attend college. I have been married to my wife Patsy for 34 years. We have two children, Mei Mei (16), and Kessie (14), and our cats- Marty, Max, and Francesca. During the day I work as a School Psychologist where I assess and design interventions for adolescents who are having difficulties in school due to mental health and/or learning problems. In the evenings and on Saturdays I do the same at my Private Practice. Balancing my role of husband, father, and psychologist with being a blues performer can be very busy at times, and sometimes a little tricky.

Rance@BS Backwater Blues Band
Dr. Rance Harbor

"DOC"

Rance@WD

During my career I have performed with local bands in Jacksonville and Gainesville, Florida. After moving to Tampa in 1990, I took a brief hiatus from playing live while I attended graduate school at the University of South Florida.

In 1996 I returned to the music scene playing with various artists in the Tampa area, and in 1997 helped form the Backwater Blues Band.

The highlights of my career with the Backwater Blues Band include:

  • Meeting and playing with Walter "Wolfman" Washington in New Orleans

Rance with Wolfman Washington

  • Opening for Dr. John

  • Playing at the House of Blues in Orlando

  • Playing at MusicFest at Busch Gardens-Tampa.

  • Meeting Marcia Ball, whose boogie style of piano played a major role in the development of my own style.

  • Meeting Jon Henderson of the Matt Scholfield Band (our inspiration of going 3 piece)

R&J2

  • Visiting Chicago and meeting so many great blues musicians including watching Buddy Guy sit in with Scott Holt at Legends.

  • Meeting Shirley Johnson at the Blue Chicago.

Shirley Johnson

  • Attending the Battle of B3 Nawlin's Style show at the Paladium and after the show getting to talk with Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Keyboardist Joe Krown.

Battle B3s

  • Playing at Skipper's Smokehouse for the Suncoast Blues Society's 13th Anniversary Party

SBS

..and celebrating the 20th Anniversary of BBB this year (2017)

Classical Rock artists Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman were early influences on my piano and organ playing, and are probably why I play standing up surrounded by a cockpit of keyboards and occasionally don a blue cape.

Current, and more blues oriented, influences are keyboardists Jimmy Pugh (Robert Cray Band) and Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughn).

Cape Rancinator

 

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My equipment includes:

Live Setup

  • Hammond SK1

  • Korg Kross (Bass Guitar Settings)

  • Yamaha MOX8 Piano

  • Alto Kick 15 Keyboard Amp
  • Leslie 2101

Rance'sGear

Studio Setup

  • Hammond B3
  • Hammond C3 (Chopped)
  • Yamaha MX61
  • Korg Kross (Bass Guitar Settings)
  • Korg Krome
  • Lesie 145
  • Leslie 122XB
  • Roland KC550 Keyboard Amplifier

Rance Amps

Keyboard Technician: Rick Prevallet

TWGH

Tone Wheel General Hospital