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Paul Harrington, Joe Haynes' famous uncle Paul Harrington, Joe Haynes' famous uncle
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) -

It's a song that's been played on repeat on the radio but there's a lot more to this song than some may know. If you follow pop music, you probably recognize the song "Timber" by Kesha and Pitbull. Currently, it's at the top of the Billboard 100 chart.

If you've heard the song, you probably remember the harmonica playing in the background. The harmonica artist is KTBS 3 News Joe Haynes' uncle by marriage, Paul Harrington. A producer friend had Paul record the song not knowing who it was for so, Paul knocked it out in about 90 minutes, collected his pay and moved on to the next job. Boy, was he in for a surprise!

"Recorded it all the way through. He (the producer) didn't tell me it was for Pitbull...no, he just said if this sells it could be a big deal and he paid me and said ok and I went home. Then, about 2 months after I did it, he called me again and said I need another tax form on you to give you more money because this moved up a grade. The client bought it, it's a pretty big deal. Have you heard of Pitbull and I said oh yeah and looked him up. I recognized him because of TV commercials, now I know all about him" says Paul.

Paul's been passionate about music for years performing as often as possible. In other words, playing for the love of the music.

"Obviously you would rather make more money than not but the opportunity to play, you know if nobody pays me I'm going to play, that's the single biggest reason I chase it as a profession because I will be playing one way or the other" says Paul.

Paul received his first harmonica at the age of 9 years-old while learning the piano. He really took a liking to the freedom the instrument offered.

"The idea of being able to walk away with a harmonica by the railroad tracks or walk down the street playing the harmonica, I really liked" says Paul.

As time went on, Paul's musical talent led him to Aspen, Colorado. There, gigs were plentiful keeping him busy several times a week. He even played a concert with the late John Denver. Paul worked with other big name talent through the years including, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Muddy Waters' pianist Pinetop Perkins and even the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to name a few.

He even has Shreveport ties including an album recorded with the late blues guitarist, Jesse Thomas. Another Shreveport connection is Amelia Blake. They played a time or two together. About 15 years ago, Paul had the opportunity to perform on the road with Alan Jackson, but, he turned down the offer so he could stay home with his kids.

"His base player wanted me to go with them. I just couldn't, I couldn't travel at that time because of the age of my kids" explains Paul.

Joe Haynes: "Any regrets?"

"No, I had the kids, that was the best thing. Me having the kids" says Paul.

Paul still performs quite often. He has an album in the works with the Texas Blues Runners. His fellow musicians were once members of Delbert McClinton and the Dooby Brothers Bands.

Paul also does commercials which brought him to the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex over 30 years ago. He's played in quite a few ads including his latest for Totinos.

"Shell Oil, McDonald's, Chevrolet trucks, Pepsi Cola, Coca Cola..."

When Paul isn't performing, he has his day job managing a swimming pool company in Rockwall, Texas.

Paul Harrington's latest claim to fame with the chart topper "Timber" has opened up new opportunities like more studio work plus, increased interest from radio stations and club owners and the best may be yet to come.

"Music is one of those things, there's so little success that just "buzz" has value. It's pretty good buzz, I don't think I've seen what all is going to come from it."

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