Sounds of Spirit Lake – Menahga MN
August 11, 2017
August 11, 2017
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Harper & Midwest Kind

New CD “Show Your Love” # 3 on Billboard
Six Months in the Top Ten of Billboard 
#1 in The Netherlands # 1 Italy
#3 Australian Blues Charts

MUSIC AWARDS: 

  • Detroit Music Award “Outstanding Vocalist” (2014)
  • Best Instrumentalist “Big City Blues Magazine” USA (2013)
  • Best Live CD “Blues 411”, New York. USA (2012)
  • Inducted into the Blues Museum Hall of Fame, Canada South Blues Society, Windsor Canada. (2011)
  • The Bronte Blues Awards, United Kingdom “Best Instrumentalist” (2009)
  • Acoustic Artist of the Year TREV, Australia (2005)
  • Male Vocalist of the Year – “Australian Blues Awards” (2004)
  • Song of the Year “Australian Blues Awards”, (2004)
  • Album of the Year, Nasty Harp, Sweet Harp Awards- “Guide to Best of the Blues Harmonicas and Beyond” USA . “Way Down
  • Deep Inside” CD. (2003)
  • Raw Talent Awards Number 1 Song “Never Change the Way She Feels”, Australia (2001)
  • Duke Award Yamaha Rock, Australia (2001)
  • Gold Record “Sailing Australia” America’s Cup Theme (2000)

An amalgamation of blues, soul and world music, multi award winning Australian singer/ songwriter “Peter D. Harper” creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. Harper has received an amazing 14 x Music Awards in four different countries. Harper is backed by his very talented Detroit based band, “Midwest Kind”

Harper was born in the United Kingdom but at the age of ten, his family moved half way round the world to Perth, Western Australia.  In Perth, one of the most isolated cities in the world, there was a thriving blues and folk scene. Fascinated with the spirituality and culture of the American Natives, he found the same qualities present in the Australian Aborigines of his homeland. On adding the native didgeridoo to his music, Harper says “It is a sound I grew up with, so it seemed natural to add it to my songwriting particularly when the lyrics related to the plight of the Aborigines in Australia. When I added the didgeridoo to the more traditional blues instruments, it worked . I also owe my life to a tribe of nomadic  Australian Natives who saved my father and I from starvation when we were trapped at The Fitzroy Crossing (Western Australia), in between two fast flowing river torrents. They gave us enough food and water to last us until the flood had subsided. I feel my music is my way of giving back to these wonderful people”.

Prior to his introduction to American audiences, Harper released six CDs to great acclaim in his homeland of Australia. Harper received a Gold Record for “Sailing Australia” (America’s Cup Theme). Harper had the honor of backing Blues Legend “Muddy Waters” on harmonica for his West Australian tour. Harper was also invited to perform at a Royal Gala Performance for the Queen of England in Perth, Western Australia. He’s played in the USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and France. It was on one of these tours that he caught the attention of Blind Pig Records, which made him their first international signing. With a home at a U.S. label and growing appreciation for his music from American audiences, Harper made the permanent move to the U.S. His animated shows have been well received at blues festivals, world music festivals, and by fans of jam band music.Harper has become a huge favorite on the world wide festival scene with an average of 20 to 30 festivals and 200 club dates per year. He was also invited to perform harmonica on stage several times with US super group- “Journey”.

On March 31st, 2016, Harper released his new CD “Show Your Love’ (Blu Harp Records) The new CD hit # 3 on the Billboard Blues Charts – (July 27, 2016); plus an amazing 6 Months in the Top Ten on Billboard, (September, 2016) only being beaten out by Eric Claption and Joe Bonamassa. “Show Your Love” also hit # 1 in The Netherlands, # 1 in Italy and #3 on the Australian Blues Charts (Top 5 for 5 months). Harper’s latest CD features 11 original road-tested tracks recorded with his well-traveled Detroit-based touring band “Midwest Kind.”