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Interview with George Harper 5 Part Series
Rushin’ Around ***
Think (Th): And that was the… I believe you said before, that was the 4th time you’d been to the Longford Festival?
George Harper (GH): Yeah, and I’ve been there four years, not in a row. I first went six years ago and skipped a couple of years and I had that… I was working on that record and I get it to Kathy Casey and Chris Keenan over there, they run that festival. And – y’know – it turns out that they really liked it and they like me and I like them and we’re friends. And they started hiring me to come over there and play and – y’know – I’m just so very grateful for the opportunity. And they just told me last week when I was playing the festival that they didn’t think thatthey would ever have a festival without me again. So…
Th: That’s a nice thing to hear.
GH: Yeah, yeah. It’s a very nice thing to hear, you know?
Th: Great. So the first official record that you released is I’ll Be Back, correct? And then No Smokin’ in Here was just released. Is that correct?
GH: Yeah, and it’s not official yet, but I’ll probably have a record release thing when I get back to Nashville. But they really... to be perfectly honest, man, we went down to the wire on this thing. We went in and recorded this thing live in the studio. We tracked a couple of things, the harmony vocals and a couple of the lead parts. But pretty much it’s about 80% live in the studio and we did that because we were on such a time schedule. Tim Carter of Tree-O Records, which I’m signed under. They’re my record label. It’s a small record label there in Nashville owned by the Carters and Brian Budzinski up in Boston. But we went in knowing that we had this time schedule because the Carters are very busy entertainers. And Timmy was in for just a very few days and I said, “Man, I’d really wanna get this record done before I go to Ireland.” So, we had one day.
Th: One day?
GH: We had one day and so we did all those… I said, “Man, you know I’ve got a lot of songs I wanna put on there.” And he said, “Man, we don’t have
but one day.” He said, “And so all you really need is six songs because if you’re gonna pitch yourself, that’s what you need.” They call it an EP.
GH: And so we rehearsed for about an hour one day and three days later we were in the studio and it just went like clockwork. And we were so happy that we were done by six in the evening. We went in at eleven and we were done at six.
GH: Yeah, and then we had one day that we mixed it, sent it to the printers and I got it about a week before I came here.
GH: Across the big pond.
Th: Right, right, right. Tight, tight schedule!
GH: It was tight, man. And I got T-shirts printed up, and they were so cool. But I went and picked them up at midnight the night before I got on the plane to come over, yeah. So – y’know – just running around trying to get things done, Nathan from Hotel.
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