Jesse Harper

Jesse Harper

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

If John Mayer and Randy Newman had a child who played americana

Biography

A founding member of Americana supergroup Old School Freight Train- having recorded with mandolin master David Grisman,toured as a member Grisman’s backup band, played countless headlining shows across the country; Harper branches out on his first solo recording "Jesse Harper and His Best Intentions" The record is influenced by songwriters Randy Newman, James Taylor, Paul Simon, and John Mayer- but features Harper's own distinctive voice and musicianship along with collaborations with long time friends -Daniel Clarke (pianist, kd Lang) Ann Marie Calhoun (violins, Jethro Tull, Ringo Starr) and Zack Hickman (bass Josh Ritter)

Lyrics

Porch Swing

Written By: Jesse Harper

Sittin on My porch swing
thinkin bout when I was small
used to laugh at most anything
laughed at anything at all
I had fun most everyday
Bad days I don't recall

Then I got a little older
and the world came crashing down on me
everything got harder
it got so I could barely see

Then I met a girl
I met a girl (Now I'm)

Sittin on my porch swing
and she's sittin next to me
She just laughs at most anything
aint that how its supposed to be

Why

Written By: Jesse Harper

Why must my whole world spin in circles
Haven't I been 'round this way before
Why does everybody leave me
god knows I hate to be alone

The clocks go spinning 'round
the seasons are slipping by
and I spend all my days asking
why
but it don't bring me joy
it don't bring me peace
and it won't bring me one more day
asking why

every time something good happens
it don't seem to last too long
and people I love,
I just end up missing
when they go
cause they're all gonna go

The clocks go spinning 'round
the seasons are slipping by
and I spend all my days asking
why
but it don't bring me joy
it don't bring me peace
and it won't bring me one more day
asking why

Discography

Memphis
Heart of Glass
Run

Set List

Typical set- 70 minutes
can play two 45's
Mostly Originals with a few unique arrangements of covers
ex. set
Porch Swing
Let Me Go
Memphis
Run
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Old And Broken
So You're Down.
One True Thing
Why
Falling
Keep it together
Bartender's Blues
Lonely at the Top
Talking in Your Sleep