Happy Summer Everyone,
Just back from Germany, Kentucky and South Carolina. Our visit to the Grolsch Blues Festival in Shoppingen, Germany was outstanding in every possible way. The crowd, hospitality, sound and atmosphere was incredible. We had the 9pm slot and it was fabulous. Great artists like Ronnie Baker Brooks, Lucky Peterson and agency pals - Jeremiah Johnson Band were also there. And an amazing thing happened!. My old german writing partner - Joachim Griebe emailed me three weeks prior to our trip to Germany. After a falling out, 16 years ago, he emailed, out of the blue. I was so happy to hear from him and he was amazed we were going to be performing in Germany just 2 hours from his house. We met up at the hotel and it was like meeting my twin brother again. We laughed so hard, people were looking at us strangely. To top it off, Joachim wanted to write with me again and was able to get our original recording deal back with a major European Label. So "Harper and Griebe" will be releasing a CD very soon.
Once back in the US we performed at the Blues Between the Bridges in Lexington, Kentucky. It was a very hot but great day of BBQ and blues and roots music. We had an absolute blast. Then we had three shows at Old Daufuskie Crab Company on Daufuskie Island in South Carolina. It was a really unique gig because we had to leave our van on the main land at Hilton Head and travel by boat with our gear to the island. We were given two golf carts to get around in - got horribly lost on our way to our accommodation one night and rained out on one show. But all in all it was a fun weekend and great soft shell crab to boot. But a word to the wise, keep away from the "scrap iron hooch" .
This June/ July/ August we have a bunch of cool festivals/ concert series and club dates. We will be performing in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Connecticut, Delaware, Wisconsin, Iowa, Sioux Falls, Minnesota, Nevada and California. Please come out and say hi.
See you all out on the road this summer!!!
Thanks and Peace,
Peter D. Harper,
Harper and Midwest Kind