G.S. Harper's single Praying for Rain was written on June 3, 2018 as the Ute Park Fire in New Mexico raged on. It was recorded the next day and released on June 5, 2018. It's a heartfelt plea for relief from the devastating impact wildfires have on land, homes, and lives.
"G.S. Harper’s New Mexico Dirt is the real deal—just a man, his guitar, and his voice. And what a voice! Whether it’s the title track’s heartbreaking tale of a tractored-out farmer, the straight-from-the-horse’s mouth ups and downs of a road musician’s life in “Kids These Days,” or the long-lost love remembrances of “Hearts on the Run,” each piece is exquisitely crafted and delivered with the earnestness of a man who inhabits his stories as much as he tells them. If, in this age of overproduced, meaningless music, you’re wondering what a real singer/songwriter sounds like, do yourself a favor and buy New Mexico Dirt—you’ll find out real quick."Jason D. 'Diesel' Hamad
Editor, No Surf Music
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G.S. Harper, an independent singer-songwriter and guitarist, was born and raised in San Angelo, Texas where he taught himself to play guitar at the age of 12. He began playing live at the age of 14 and everything since then has been what he calls a long and crazy ride. One that's not going to stop any time soon. Harper has played all over the United States, in small corner pubs and major arenas. He performs his original work and works as a freelance guitarist and bassist with bands and solo artists, from local independent musicians to national touring artists.
For most of the last 20 years, Harper has called Cleveland, Ohio home. Its gritty, hardworking, rust belt attitude added depth to his songwriting and was a good match for his Texas roots. Harper released his fifth project, New Mexico Dirt, in 2016 following a successful tour supporting his fourth release, Sixteen Winters. Harper's previous albums were Waiting for April (2002), Live from Cleveland (G.S. Harper and the Lonesome Tomatoes, 2006) and The Belmont Sessions (G.S. Harper with Andrew Zeager, 2008).
Calling Sixteen Winters "the kind of album that those partial to country or those who prefer rock will like, but those enamored of both are bound to love", No Surf Music published its review of G.S. Harper's fourth album just days before the Cleveland show that will launch a national tour for the Texas-born, Cleveland-based singer/songwriter.
"Harper is a songwriter whose name deserves to be spoken in the same breath as Lucinda Williams and Mary Gauthier, Guy Clark and Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle and Ray Wylie Hubbard..." writes Jason D. "Diesel" Hamad of No Surf Music. The review highlights the autobiographical nature of the songs drawing from Harper's Texas upbringing and 16 years living, working and raising a family in Cleveland. Hamad says Sixteen Winters is "a terrifically well written and well produced collection that features a bevy of Cleveland musical talent, including impressive performances turned in by Chris Hanna on keys, Dan Morris driving steel, Becca Rhoades sawing fiddle, and of course Harper himself demonstrating his guitar prowess."
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