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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Artist of the Day: Harper Simon


It must be hard trying to break in to an industry where your father's name has become legendary, but Harper Simon has found a way to distinguish himself while still employing his dad’s talent.

Yes, Harper is the son of Paul Simon and his first-wife Peggy Harper. He appeared publicly with his father at age four, singing “Bingo” on Sesame Street and telling viewers how to record an album. He was also often referenced in his father’s songs, like “St. Judy’s Comet” and “Graceland.” When he grew up, he played and wrote for the band Menlo Park in London for several years.

The 37-year-old released his first self-titled album on Tulsi Records last month. Haper Simon was produced by Bob Johnston, renowned for his work with Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. Johnson helped Harper employ some of Nashville’s best session musicians. And while Harper’s music takes a more rock approach than his father’s, the comparison is evident. He collaborated for the first time with his father on the record—even though he never planned to.

“And I didn’t intend to collaborate with him,” Harper told NPR. “I guess he got inspired, and I had so many tracks, I was kind of swamped. So I was happy that someone was going to try to solve some problems for me. You know, what can I say? He’s a good writer.”

Who's Who: Harper James Simon
Label (s): Concord, Independent
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--Ashley Thompson
Currently listening to "Shooting Star" by Harper Simon

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