14 Awards in 4 Countries!!!! – LATEST ALBUM – #3 ON BILLBOARD BLUES CHARTS!!! Endorsed by Bushman Harmonicas & Shaker Microphones
Award winning Australian singer/ songwriter/ virtuoso harmonica player “Peter D. Harper”, now based in Detroit, Michigan, USA creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. Known in the music world as “Harper”, his latest release “RISE UP” (Access Records), features 10 original tunes that reach deep within. “RISE UP”, which had its debut at #3 on the Billboard Blues Charts, profoundly expresses Harper’s creative use of the harp and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo with underlying meaningful lyrics, which reflect the divisive times, we currently live in. Harper has received an amazing 14 x Blues/Roots Music awards (including a Gold Record) in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada and achieved 4 x Top Ten Billboard Blues Charting albums. He recently won a Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Vocalist”. Other career highlights: guest harmonica player for JOURNEY, Muddy Waters, Walter Trout, James Montgomery, The Holmes Brothers, Gary US Bonds, Ekoostik Hooka, Jimi Thackery, Tommy Castro, Magic Dick, Mark Hummel, Otis Taylor, Bernard Allison, Charlie Musselwhite, Paul Nelson Band plus many more. Harper’s harp, vocals and didgeridoo have been featured on over 2000 films, commercials and TV series. Peter D. Harper was also commissioned for a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II of England.
Peter D Harper is known for his powerful soulful voice and a deep, almost mystical approach to the roots genre. Harper’s latest release is an expansive musical and lyrical journey, stirred up with masterful harp and the deep, woody percussive tones of the didgeridoo. “RISE UP” is without doubt Harper’s best work to date and was listed in the Top 20 Albums of the year by Blues Blast Magazine. Harper and Midwest Kind was also nominated for the Independent Blues Awards fo *Best Modern Roots Band and *Best Modern Roots Album – “RISE UP”. “RISE UP” follows the highly acclaimed “Show Your Love” ( 2016) which reached # 3 on the Billboard Blues Charts and stayed in the top ten for an incredible 6 months. Harper is backed by his talented Midwest based touring band called “Midwest Kind” which features: Austin Johnson on guitar, Lee Lewis on Bass Guitar, Brent Hilla on Drums and Bobbi Llewellyn on backing vocals/ percussion.
Karen Albano/ Modern Rock Review (USA) describes “Harper is an original, playing the harmonica like an authentic Chicago bluesman, singing about unity and love like a member of peacenik jam band, belting crisp vocals like a straight-up superb classic soul performer, and then pioneering the didgeridoo into these popular forms of modern music. Unique and quality music of this kind is truly a rare treat”. While Rhetta Claudette Akamatsu, Making a Scene USA, states “A magnificent, deeply evocative album by a great singer-songwriter and his fantastic band. I give it the highest marks”. For further information please check out the Official Harper Website: www.harper.biz or Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/peterdharper or www.facebook.com/harperandmidwestkind or www.reverbnation.com/harperandmidwestkind or Harper and Midwest Kind on Instagram or Twitter: Harper and Midwest Kind on Twitter
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RISE UP Reviews (Access Records)
“A magnificent, deeply evocative album by a great singer-songwriter and his fantastic band. I give it the highest marks.” Making a Scene, Rhetta Claudette Akamatsu, USA
“An incredible mix of roots styles makes this music so versatile and suitable for music lovers from all over the world”. Roots Time, Belgium
Harper’s ability to make another culture’s music accessible to a mass audience is analogous to Elvis, The Stones, and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s co-opting Delta Blues guitar, an aid to bringing us all closer together at a time when the world desperately needs just that”, Don Wilcock, American Blues Magazine USA
“An excellent blues album that speaks to how most of us are feeling these days, addressing those thoughts and hopes and fears and needs we have in common” Michaels Music Log, USA
“Harper and Midwest Kind is definitely one of the very positive surprises of 2020. People who would like to discover new music are in the right place here. A high recommendation on my part” – Sounds of the South, Germany
“41 minutes ‘of this album left me feeling like a little kid who never really got to know the music he loved. Listening to this album feels like the blues actually originated in Australia and such powerful blues vibrations really don’t come from the Mississippi Delta this time…Amazing! Mladen Loncar / Blues Corner, Croatia
“There aren’t many other blues artists quite like Harper, so those looking for something different will want to check out Rise Up” Bill Mitchell, Blue Night, USA
“Australian roots singer/songwriter Peter D Harper is a thought provoking spiritual musical Force who pushes his listeners to think about large issues calmly and peacefully” Sound Waves, USA, Sue Menhart