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New album Uptown Cool, called "clearly one of the strongest blues releases this year," is out now!
Big Harp George (George Bisharat), the only blues artist featuring the chromatic harmonica, burst onto the international blues scene in 2014 with Chromaticism, which was nominated both for Blues Music and Blues Blast Magazine awards for “Best New Artist Album.” As one critic commented: “I haven’t been this impressed by a harmonica player’s national debut since William Clarke’s 1990 tour de force Blowin’ Like Hell.”
Now comes Uptown Cool, his third album featuring twelve new original songs ranging on topic from online dating to how disruptive technologies impact human lives. The influences are diverse: a strong Memphis/New Orleans brew infuses some songs, but Brazilian jazz and smoldering Chicago blues surface as well.
Big Harp George is redefining the role of chromatic harmonica in blues. But he's also commenting on life in the twenty-first century, helping to restore blues to rightful prominence in American popular music.