Harper – Day By Day
Part harmonica wizard and part rhythmic explorer, Harper is a fiery artist who blurs the lines between rock, blues, soul, and world music. His new release, Day By Day, is a worthy followup to his groundbreaking U.S. debut, Down To The Rhythm. It displays his trademark virtuoso harp performances, distinctive instrumentation, deeply soulful grooves, and instantly memorable songs, and provides a prime example of why his unique roots music style occupies a category of its own. Harper has been described as a singer with the deep soul of Motown, a harmonica player who can graft Sonny Boy II and Little Walter with John Popper, a songwriter who tells his own compelling stories in an unhurried, J.J. Cale-like manner, and a musical visionary who is unafraid to mix the didgeridoo, an important part of the indigenous culture of his Australian homeland, with infectious modern percussive rhythms.
1. Down to the Rhythm - 3:47 2. Big Brown Land - 4:30 3. Last Cup of Coffee - 3:40 4. Something Happened Here Last Night - 4:42 5. Give Me the Money - 4:30 6. I'll Follow You - 5:40 7. I've Been Waiting - 4:58 8. Air - 3:18 9. I Believed in You - 4:25 10. The World Starts Loving You - 3:58
Harper (vocals, harmonica, didgeridoo) , Gregg Leonard (guitars) , Tyler Mac (guitars) , Andy York (resonator guitars) , Al Hill (Wurlitzer & Hammond keyboards) , Paul Randolph (bass) , Dane Clark (drums, percussion) , Chuck Mauk (drums on 12) , Luke Sayers (acoustic bass on 12)
"If Day by Day accurately reflect Harper's global perspective, I'm not sure I'd like to live in his world. I very much enjoy visiting it, however. There's a menace in Harper's music, an edge of danger that, if it isn't physical, certainly lives in the psyche. Much of it comes from his use of the didgeridoo. Blend it with the growling guitars, Harper's harp and his lyrics and you've got a depth of feeling and thought that is unusual in today's music. Harper's narrators are people who have to keep looking over their shoulders; his lyrics contain such statements as "It's going to fall down on you," "I sure clould use somebody help" and "you better watch your back." His vocals are often howls of pain. Harper's music is primal. It goes way inside, creating honest, deeply felt emotions. It is joyful and painful at the same time. And another thing -- Harper's music is is essential. It should be widely heard." -