What can I say about my friend G.S.? First off I am a huge fan of what he does. His songs touch on the heartstrings of somewhere in the middle of America. His music makes you feel you are sitting on a porch on a rural state route in a beat up old rocking chair, sun setting somewhere in the distance, sipping a glass of small batch bourbon backed up with an ice cold lemonade, the sweat on your brow matching that of the condensation on the mason jar you’re sipping from after a long day working the land. He’s the real deal alright.
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. For the last 16 years, Harper has called Cleveland, Ohio home. Its gritty, hardworking, rust belt attitude gives depth to his songwriting and has proven to be a good match for his Texas roots.
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, working with bands and solo artists, from local independent musicians to national touring artists. Work on his fourth release, Sixteen Winters, wrapped up this spring. Harper will begin touring in September. 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).
G.S. Harper’s Sixteen Winters features 10 of his previously unreleased songs written over the course of the 16 years he’s lived in Cleveland. The song selections reflect Harper’s work over the years with different bands, different projects and different times. The eleventh song on the record is Love’s Despair, written by Mary Cutrufello and released on her Acoustic EP (2010).
G.S. releases Sixteen Winters this Saturday at Aces Grille on Pearl Road in Middleburg Hts this Saturday.