The Hear and Now

Johnny Harper performs live in the studio on The Hear and Now – November 2, 2017

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Johnny Harper, stalwart Bay Area guitarist, singer, and songwriter, has a brand new CD, Light of a New Day, with his band, Carnival. The CD release concert is November 11 at Bjornson Hall in Oakland’s Fruitvale district. In advance of the concert, Harper will perform in the KPFA studio with pianist John R. Burr and backup singers Sue McCracklin and Maureen Smith. Tony Ferro will engineer the live radio concert. Derk Richardson hosts.

Long known for his music in the New Orleans R&B dance band Hot Links, as well as his guitar work with Maria Muldaur, Barbara Dane, Ernie K-Doe, Katie Webster, and many others, Harper last appeared on The Hear and Now in 2014, with his full Carnival band, playing the music of The Band. The rootsy new, self-produced album features Harper’s original material and songs by Allen Toussaint and Woody Guthrie.


Johnny HarperGumbo BluesLight of New DayJoy Street Records
Johnny Harper Quartet (with John R. Burr, piano, and Maureen Smith and Sue McCracklin, vocals)Work With What You Got / Nothin' But a Party / Light of a New Day / Somewhere Down the Crazy River / Big Chief / Shoorah Shoorah / This Land Is Your Land / Hang ToughLive in the KPFA studio, with Tony Ferro engineeringn.a.
Fats DominoMardi Gras in New OrleansThey Call Me the Fat Man: The Legendary Imperial RecordingsImperial / EMI
Fats DominoDance with Mr. DominoThey Call Me the Fat ManImperial / EMI
John Langford's Four Lost SoulsHalf Way HomeJohn Langford's Four Lost SoulsBloodshot Records
Johnny CashI Won't Back DownAmerican III: Solitary ManAmerican Recordings
Phil OchsWhen I'm GoneFarewells & FantasiesElektra / Rhino
Patricia BarberLet It RainCompanionBlue Note
Dmitri MathenyHarvest MoonPenumbraMonarch Records
Muhal Richard Abrams OrchestraBlu Blu BluBlu Blu BluBlack Saint

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