Harold's earliest influences were that of Chet Atkins and Johnny Horton in the early 1960s, which led him to start playing his father's Silvertone acoustic. Harold played in many genres in the years that followed, being influenced by the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and many of the super groups of the sixties. Once introduced to the music of Doc Watson, Harold?s genre was chosen. He fell in love with the pure acoustic sounds, the stories of real life, and the flawless picking.
Many of his songs are about life, growing up in eastern North Carolina, the people, traditions and things that were and still are important to him. Guitar is his first musical love but he also plays mandolin, fiddle, and bass on many of his recordings.