Harper and Midwest Kind review…March 30, 2016….

HARPER

AND MIDWEST KIND

SHOW YOUR LOVE

BLUHARP RECORDS 003

HELL YEAH–WHAT’S GOIN’ DOWN–SHOW YOUR LOVE–DRIVE BROTHER DRIVE–I CAN’T STAND THIS–IT’S ALL IN THE GAME–IT’S TIME TO GO–WE ARE IN CONTROL–LET’S MOVE–HEY WHAT YOU SAY–I LOOK AT LIFE

We’ve been fans of Peter D. Harper since his Blind Pig label days, when he was affectionately known (and deservedly so!) as the “Hendrix of the harp!”  He has just released his latest set for Bluharp Records, “Show Your Love,” eleven originals done with the aid of his touring band, Midwest Kind.

Harper hails from Australia, and, along with his inimitable harp dynamics and soulful vocals, he mixes in authentic “down under” instruments such as the djembe and didgeridoo to create a unique brand of blues fusion that is very definitely his own.  As one listens to this album, it is readily apparent that Harper  is well in tune with current events and the sorry and scary path the world is treading upon.  The use of those native instruments as well as some fine slide guitar from Will Rideoutt gives an apocalyptic touch to the groove of “Hell Yeah,” where this world “doesn’t seem to be a place for me and you!”  “What’s Goin’ Down” inspires us to press for change–“if you wanna be truthful, please don’t mess us around,” while that didgeridoo comes into play on “life just isn’t long enough for negativity,” aptly-titled “Show Your Love.”

The minor-key “I Can’t Stand This” is a deep tale of  “the lives torn” by sheer corporate greed, which features fine harp plus guitar from guests Gregg Leonard and Tyler Mac.  Harper lets his harp get downright funky tune that is either straight outta Orwell’s “1984” or from somewhere waaaay in the future, where “we have got you covered, We Are In Control!”

Harper closes the set with our favorite.  He’s looking at everyone’s future, realizing that “peace is your reward if love is in your heart,” and is titled “I Look At Life Different now,” in light of what’s happening in the world today. “Show Your Love” is Peter D. Harper’s challenge thru his harp and his music for us all to do what we can to be a positive influence on everyone around us.  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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