Release" Big Harp George "Uptown Cool" Available July 16th

Image and video hosting by TinyPicRelease" Big Harp George "Uptown Cool" Available July 16th 

Big Harp George, the only blues artist featuring the chromatic harmonica, burst onto the international blues scene in 2014 with the stunning "Chromaticism" that was nominated both for Blues Music and Blues Blast Magazine awards for “Best New Artist Album.” As one critic commented: “I haven’t been this impressed by a harmonica player’s national debut since William Clarke’s 1990 tour de force "Blowin’ Like Hell.”

Now comes this masterpiece of twelve new original songs ranging in topic from online dating to the human costs of disruptive technologies. No one is spared George’s irreverent wit — neither the powerful, nor aging blues fans, nor himself — but it’s all in a spirit of unity and rollicking good fun.

As always, George surrounds himself with top talent, who thrive in the space he ensures them as bandleader. No indulgent solos here, just smart, tasteful playing. The influences are diverse: a strong Memphis/New Orleans brew infuses some songs, but Brazilian jazz and smoldering Chicago blues surface as well.

Big Harp George is redefining the role of chromatic harmonica in blues. But he is also commenting perceptively on life in the twenty-first century, helping to restore blues to rightful prominence in American popular music.


1Down to the Rite Aid 5:12
2 Internet Honey 4:31
3 Alternative Facts 5:27
4 I Wanna Know 4:01
5 Nobody’s Listening 5:10
6 In the First Place 4:18
7 Standing in the Weather 4:04
8 Bulletproof 4:39
9 Cold Snap By the Bay 5:52
10 Just Calm Yourself 3:43
11 Uptown Cool 4:06
12 Lord Make Me Chaste 5:48

Big Harp George - vocals and harmonicas
Chris Burns - keyboards
Alexander Pettersen - drums
Joe Kyle - basses
Kid Andersen - basses, guitars, and percussion
Little Charlie Baty - guitars
Loralee Christensen - vocals
Michael Peloquin - saxes
Mike Rinta - trombone and tuba
D’Mar - percussion
Derick Hughes - vocals

Blues Mountains records
Release 03
Street date: 7/16/2018
Distribution: CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, BlueBeat Music

Frank Roszak, KBA Awardee 2014