Guitarist, singer, composer Terry Harris was born in Exeter,
England. Playing acoustic guitar from the age of 14 he quickly graduated
to electric guitar and formed his first group, BACK STREET CARNIVAL,
with his school friends Jon Roach and Mike
Many line-up changes later found Terry living in a commune and playing with STEERING WHEEL. It was around 1968 when Terry formed the first line up of the infamous CROAKY JONES a touring rock band who travelled throughout the UK. The mid 70’s found Terry living in Balham, London composing and playing with ABYSS.
The 80’s was a tough time for rock and although Terry recorded and gigged with many different line-ups it is a period best forgotten.
The 90’s heralded a return to better times. Firstly in the shape of STEAM, with the Neal Reynolds penned single Mother Earth making the airwaves. Then around 1994 Terry decided to, once again form a band, to showcase his writing and guitar talents. This time, simply performing as the TERRY HARRIS BAND and featuring Terry along with Ian Loud, Martyn Stroud , and Riaan Vosloo . With the release of Nothin' To Lose in 1996 and subsequent tours and line-up changes Terry found himself spending more time at his house in France.
A change of name to TEZZAH (Terry’s nickname) and the release of I Used To Be Jungle, But Now I'm Rock 'n' Roll in 2001 led to many more tours and concerts and an ever increasing fan base. Today Terry extensively tours Europe with a variety of excellent musicians.
Terry's hobbies include football (a Crystal Palace fan), fishing, red wine and smiling.
Terry Harris now shares his time between England and France and continues to record and tour with TEZZAH.
Left handed Gibson Les Paul "Studio"
Left handed Westone Thunder I-A
Left handed Westone Clipper Six
Left Handed Crafter Accoustic
Korg Toneworks AX3G
Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
Boss CS-3 Compression/Sustainer
Boss OS-2 Overdrive/Distortion
Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky
For studio work Terry has replaced his Zoom Z-330 effects pedal and now uses a Korg, Tonewoks AX3G pedal with the left handed Gibson Les Paul "Studio" The effects are D.I’d into the recording system and noise-gated to reduce background levels. For acoustic work Terry uses his trusty ancient Eros acoustic or the Crafter accoustic with Ernie Ball super Slinky strings.