Sorry for delay in posting this blog. This year's Harper and Midwest Kind summer tour was absolutely full on. We drove from shows in Indiana, Iowa, South Dakota to shows at Mammoth Lakes California, San Jose, Sacramento, Reno Nevada then on to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois then back to Michigan. The festivals were amazing - Mammoth Lakes Bluesapalooza right close to Yosemite National Park was incredible fun. It was very smokey from all the wild fires and lots of roads were closed but the sky seemed to clear for a few hours while we performed. There were 13 fires burning in the area - very sad to experience. Helicopters were swooping around us collecting water from the lakes. The club shows at The Poor House and The Torch club were great, lots of old friends coming out of the woodwork. We then decided to do some touristy stuff - spending a day in Las Vegas - there we had some incredible sushi!! Then we took the winding scenic drive along the Vermillion Cliffs on Hwy 89 in Utah. The redness of the rocks surrounded by sage grass were something to see. Then we took a day in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The weather was stunning and the views beyond imagination. The drive out the east gate was really something to see. Large mountains, winding rivers, bright blue sky turning in to a golden sunset as we drove towards Montana. Sorry we didn’t make it up to the North West - Washington State but we will try to do it next time around.
After Montana we played a cool concert series on Spirit Lake in Menahga Minnesota. Then we finished the tour with a great show at Waukesha Blues Festival in Wisconsin and Pop’s Place in Decatur Illinois. We ended the summer over Labor Day Weekend at Old Daufuskie Crab Company on Daufuskie Island in South Carolina just before the hurricane hit. Thankfully the island was spared! In September, we got to visit one of our favorite festivals - Camp Jam in the Pines in New Jersey. Wonderful people and good times. In October we headed down to Mississippi for the incredible Bukka White Blues Festival on a stunning lake out in the countryside of the town of Aberdeen.
The new "Harper and Griebe” CD has been released and has received heavy rotation in Europe on Top 40/ Rock Stations which is a very nice thing to happen. Please check out the facebook page and the website "Distant Unity” is available online at, please check it out . https://bsc-music-gmbh.lnk.to/S-AeF
We are about to head out on yet another tour - to Illinois, Missouri and Florida. Wishing you all the best for Thanksgiving - despite the negative appearances we see on our televisions and on social media, we all have a lot to be thankful for!
See you all out on the road this Fall/ Winter!!!
Thanks and Peace,
Peter D. Harper,
Harper and Midwest Kind