Well Spring is definitely here in the USA. We had the wettest April on record here in Michigan, but now the sun is finally shining. A huge thank you for all the positive comments regarding my mishap with the 100 pound statue back in March. Im glad to report that I am feeling great and looking forward to a crazy Spring and Summer schedule. April was a quiet month, but we were able to rehearse the new band and do a little recording with Motor City Josh. Josh and I will be releasing a traditional acoustic original blues CD in the fall plus we will be doing a two and half week tour in December to coincide with the CD release.
I was nominated for two Detroit Music Awards- Outstanding Artist and Outstanding Recording. Bobbi and I and some good friends went to the awards and had a ball. Talk about hoopla- it was there by the bucket full. TV cameras everywhere, musicians being interviewed plus a fabulous concert at The Fillmore. The vibe was positive and everyone was there to have a great time. I ran into many amazing musicians- Detroit Funky Diva- Thornetta Davis, Bobby Murray, Paul Randolf, Skeeto Valdez plus many more. I didn't win but you know what, it was just amazing to be nominated. Detroit certainly has a vibrant music community and I am very happy to be apart of it. During April, Bobbi and I presented our educational program- "Australian Didge-ucation" at four Michigan libraries http://www.harper.biz/workshops.html . We were very well received and appreciated.
We have an exciting double bill coming up this Friday at The Historic Dawn Theater in Hillsdale, Michigan with Big James and the Chicago Play Boys. This Saturday's show at the Lone Oak Vineyard is sold out. We will head out on tour next week to New York, Ohio and Maryland. Then June will see us touring to Colorado, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi Alabama, Indiana then back to Michigan. We have a bunch of amazing festivals coming up- Western Maryland Bluesfest, Greeley Blues Jam, Colorado, The Riverbend Festival, Chattanooga, TN, Festival South, Mississippi and the Alpena Blues Festival in Michigan
Hope to see you out on the road this Spring and Summer.
Thanks and Peace,
Harper & Midwest Kind
www.harper.biz (Official Harper Website) CDs and E Book
http://www.harper.biz/workshops.html Australian Didge-ucation
www.youtube.com/harperband (for live video clips)