In 2013 HIGH SOUTH were born, discovered and signed to Universal Music Europe, who would release the band’s first two records, with bandmates and co-songwriters Marc Copely and Dillon Dixon being part of the group then. High South’s first album „Now“ was recorded in Mark Knopfler`s studio in London and engineered by Chuck Ainlay (Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Bob Segar, Peter Frampton).The album also appeared under the title „Our Way Back Home“. It reached the top 10 of the Austrian album charts, with the titletrack „Now“ and „One Night At A Time“ being released as singles.
The second, self-titled album, co-produced by Chuck Ainlay followed in 2014 and peaked at number 16 in the Austrian charts again, containing the earworm single „Rockstar“ and the deeply poignant song „Honestly“, which continues to be one of the highlights and fan favorites of every High South concert.
After original bandmates Dillon Dixon and Marc Copely left High South to pursue other interests, Nashville songwriter Phoenix Mendoza joined the band. Garner and Mendoza had met in Nashville early in their careers and both shared a love of music from the 70’s.
The new line-up led to the band’s third album, Peace Love & Harmony. The record was produced by one of Nashville`s top names, Josh Leo, known for his work with Glenn Frey, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jimmy Buffett, and Kim Carnes. Other collaborators on the album include engineer Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Don Henley, Warren Zevon), guitarist Jack Pearson (Allman Brothers Band), keyboard player Tony Harrell (Flying Burrito Brothers), drummer Nir Z (Genesis), and singer Raul Malo (The Mavericks). Iconic producer and legendary drummer STAN LYNCH (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Don Henley, Bob Dylan) completed the team and co-produced the record that was released in march 2020 and made it to number one on the German Country Charts and number 4 on the Rock Charts.