Tremont musician Danny Harper has published a retrospective of his 40-year career in country music.
The “Danny Harper Songbook” includes lyrics to more than 40 songs, information on what inspired these songs, biographical details and photographs. As a bonus, the book includes a CD of a never before released tune, “The Way Life Used To Be.”
Mr. Harper, who has written about 500 songs, said he had begun cataloging the songs when he recalled that one of his country music heroes, Maine’s Hal Lone Pine, once had a book of his songs.
The earliest songs in the collection stem from 1986; the newest songs are from 2009. Among them are songs that have become staples of Mr. Harper’s concerts – “Uncle Clyde,” “Honky Tonks Have Been My Home” and “Harley Dear.”
The “Danny Harper Songbook” provides a glimpse into the man himself and also serves as a primer on the history of Maine country music, with its portraits of notables like Dick Curless, Yodelin’ Slim Clark and Gene and Flo Hooper. The book is sure to be a welcome addition to the collection of any fan of the Backside’s Man in Black.
The songbook is $20 and available at Mr. Harper’s office at 396 Main Street in Southwest Harbor, at his website www.dannyharper.com or at his performances.
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