Big Harp George Electronic Press Kit

Notable Achievements:

  • Nominee, Sean Costello Rising Star Award for 2016, Blues Blast Magazine

  • Wash My Horse in Champagne reached #9 on the Living Blues Radio Chart for June 2016

  • Wash My Horse in Champagne has stayed in the top five of the "Jazzy Blues" sub genre on the Roots Music Report from April to December, 2016

  • "Cool Mistake" from Wash My Horse in Champagne was selected as Elwood's Blues Breaker in August 2016

  • Nominee, Best New Artist Album for 2015, Blues Blast Magazine (Chromaticism)

  • Nominee, Best New Artist Album for 2015, Blues Music Awards (Chromaticism)

  • "Hey Jaleh" from Chromaticism was selected as Elwood's Blues Breaker in November 2014

  • Selected as one of fifteen rising harmonica stars, Living Blues Magazine, August 2014 issue

Bands

Big Harp George is often backed by a six-piece band (drums, bass, keys, guitar, saxophone, trombone) always including first call Bay Area blues and jazz musicians such as Chris Burns, Michael Peloquin, and Michael Rinta. He can also perform an engaging set with as few as three musicians.

George has produced highly successful festival sets spanning 45 to 60-min featuring pickup musicians and loves performing this way.

Contact

For booking/PR inquiries, please enter your info below.

We check our email extremely regularly and will be in contact very quickly. 

If you'd like to contact us by phone, you can reach us at 510-946-0969.

Thank you!

Bio's

Short bio:

Big Harp George/George Bisharat is a blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player who plays 21st Century West Coast blues featuring the chromatic harmonica. His 2014 debut release Chromaticism earned "Best New Artist" award nominations from the Blues Foundation and Blues Blast Magazine and high praise from blues music critics. Upon his second album release (Wash My Horse in Champagne) in 2016, George was nominated for the Sean Costello Rising Star Award by Blues Blast Magazine. George was a criminal defense attorney, award-winning professor of law at UC Hastings College of the Law, and expert commentator on law and politics in the Middle East before turning to music full time.

Longer bio:

Big Harp George/George Bisharat is a blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player who plays 21st Century West Coast blues featuring the chromatic harmonica. His 2014 debut release Chromaticism earned "Best New Artist" award nominations from the Blues Foundation and Blues Blast Magazine and high praise from blues music critics. Upon his second album release (Wash My Horse in Champagne) in 2016, George was nominated for the Sean Costello Rising Star Award by Blues Blast Magazine.

George counts George "Harmonica" Smith, William Clarke, and Paul deLay as major influences on his chromatic playing. The chromatic (compared to the ten-hole diatonic more common to blues) has a distinctive voice, and lends Big Harp George's sound a jazzy, contemporary, and sophisticated feel. In the coming year, George will be performing, developing new tunes, and preparing to record in early 2018.

George was a criminal defense attorney, award-winning professor of law at UC Hastings College of the Law, and expert commentator on law and politics in the Middle East before turning to music full time.

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Interviews/Press

"Bringing the Blues Forward," SF Arts Monthly, 2016

"A Conversation with Big Harp George," BluesJunctionProductions.com, 2015

"Hastings prof moonlights as musician," The Mercury News, 2015

"George Bisharat," Short Riff in Living Blues Magazine, 2014

"Keeping His Day Job," The Monthly, 2014


Music

Click here to listen to samples from Big Harp George's album Wash My Horse in Champagne.

Click here to listen to his album Chromaticism.

Click here to read Big Harp George's lyrics.

To request a hard copy of an album use the contact form to the right.


One Sheets

Click here to download the Wash My Horse in Champagne one sheet. 

Click here to download the Chromaticism one sheet.

 

Video

Photos

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