Doctah X

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Tony Harrington, better known as Doctah X, is a DJ, singer, and musician who operates the House of Dub Studio in Columbus, Ohio, and hosts a radio program on WCRS Columbus[1]


His music is firmly rooted in Jamaican Reggae, and he ventures deeply into the realm of Reggae known as Dub music and Dubstep. His music encompasses Eastern and African sounds. He performs at clubs throughout the Midwest, in his native Kentucky, and in New York City at Roberta's,[2] Tonic and The Knitting Factory. In the 1970s and 80s, as a blues guitarist, he recorded and toured in Europe with Cream drummer Ginger Baker and played with blues legends John Lee Hooker and Albert Collins,[3] Lele Gaudi and recorded more with Umar Bin Hassan on Stay Focused Records.

In 1997, in sharp contrast to his musical image, he applied for a job with the Main Library in Columbus. Of this he says:

I came here to get some DVDs, and I saw a guy with long red hair and a nose piercing. I thought, 'If they hired him, maybe I can get a job here.'[4]

He has worked there ever since, and twelve of his albums are now listed in the library's catalog.[4]

His latest release is Shadowthief <> An earlier release was Doctah X "Agent from Kabul".[5] He works with the Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab, an art and technology not-for-profit initiative based in Columbus,Ohio in conjunction with The Greater Columbus Arts Council.[6] Label: Boom One Records, Subatomic Sound.


  • Doctah X vs. Dr Israel – Baboon Records
  • Umar Bin Hassan - Stay Focused Records
  • Skarob - Faktionink Records; Suitable # 2 Suite Inc. (Italy)
  • Ecosystem, vol. 2 -Societa’ Nazionale de Salvamento (Italy)
  • Homeland Security – Big Spliff Outernational; Mantra - Big Spliff Outernational
  • Prescriptions - Big Spliff Outernational
  • Doctah X “Agent from Kabul” Big Spliff Outernational 007
  • Shadowthief<


  1. ^ WCRS Podcast - doctah x | WCRS LP Columbus Community Radio
  2. ^ ' + dateString + ' (2011-06-29). "Dub Days of Summer » The Bushwick News/BushwickBK". Archived from the original on 2011-09-24. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
  3. ^ "Locals: Doctah X". Columbus Alive. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
  4. ^ a b "Librarians shed their stodgy image as the world of accessing information changes | The Columbus Dispatch". 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
  5. ^ Flexner, Wes (2011-03-02). "'Doctor' remixes his way into Afghanistan - The Other Paper: Music". The Other Paper. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
  6. ^ "Brian Harnetty, Doctah X, and CMKT 4 @ Wild Goose Creative Friday, Feb. 4 « Columbus Underground Messageboard". Retrieved 2011-10-28.

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