I have to admit that I had never heard of Rich Harper until a swedish internet friend sent me some of his music, of which I want to share with you because he is a fantastic player, with a good sense of the blues.
Bottled up blues is 1999 release and judging from the title and the music, is a show case for his slide playing.
The Rich Harper Band is based out of Los Angeles, but Rich’s roots, heart and soul are from the steel mills
of Pennsylvania Rich Harper learned to play the blues in the traditional way by primarily being self-taught,
listening to and learning from the recordings of Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher, B.B. King, Freddie King &
Duane Allman. Rich developed his own unique slide style using the same Coricidin cold medicine bottles
first used by Duane Allman. His “baby”, as he calls it, is a ’69 Fender Stratocaster. And while his
regular slide work is played in different tunings on souped up versions of an old Telecaster, Les Paul and
a ’64 Fender Mustang, most of his acoustic slide work is played on a Johnson Resonator Guitar.
track 1 workin on me, is not a slide song but sure shows just what good guitar player he really is
track 2 is all slide baby, and slidin away as well as any great slide player like sonny landreth or even as well as ry cooder and this should be a sample of his style for many years to come
track 3 How much I want you is also another slide gem but not in the traditional slide sense and sometimes sounds like its not a slide but that is just the style of song
track 4 wrong man, sounds to me like he is using a dobro to play this time and this is what many traditional blues listeners would really like but if you like a more rocking slide playing format
track 5, as she moved in my guitar moved out and is more in tune to the way george thorogood would play and if this was played in a bar or dance hall would have the place a rocking and the lyrics are very in line with what the blues is about
track 6, All I got belongs to sounds just like a freddy, albert or bb king song with out a slide but with those snapping cuttin ice pickin tones
track 7 blue eyed blues, is again a dobro sounding blues song very traditional sounding and when his vocals are added, he sings in the same key therefore making his vocal sound like another instrument very similar to robert lockwood but only nicer and not as tough sounding
#8 is simialr to a canadian player Colin Jameses why did you lie, and is full of feel and bitterness and pain and suffering that makes the blues what it is
track 9 is a song that needs no other instrument other him singing and playing but kicks in with drums and bass for a waling rockin blues feel and "life" is "life"
song 10 is a rockin rollin honky tonkin slippin slidin barrelhouse stomp
song 11, train song is so traditional and so blues based and again harmonizes with the guitar for an interesting song unlike anyone I have heard but similar to many