"You got it, you got it man!"
With those seven, very enthusiastic words, legendary blues man Chico Chism expressed what fans already knew: that Poppy Harpman is one of the hottest entertainers in the American southwest.
Playing shockingly powerful funky grooves, Poppy has wowed the crowds at the Valley's ridiculously popular Rhythm Room and headlined Scottsdale's huge Red, White & Blues Festival four times in the last decade, raising money for injured servicemen returning from tours of duty.
But that's hardly his only claim to burgeoning fame. Poppy has also appeared on The WB (now The CW), ABC, NBC and HLN television networks; shared the stage with The Black Crowes, Cheap Trick, The Doobie Brothers and Blues Traveler and headlined New Mexico’s Harvest Wine Festival. Poppy has also had the pleasure of opening for Bad Company and Derek Trucks.
Before playing the halftime show at Superbowl 2010 and just before leaving on tour with Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen, Mr. Nils Lofgren, yes that's right, the guitarist for The E Street Band, was kind enough to comment! He states: ... a great, hard-rockin' CD...The music is honest, tough and inspired. Old school, heart-felt Rock 'N Roll. I highly recommend it. Check it out! - Nils Lofgren (E Street Band guitarist). The CD is selling all over the globe and has received rave reviews from as far away as Ireland and the UK.
Poppy's new adventure is a three song EP arranged and co-produced by Paul Gurvitz, formerly of the Baker Gurvitz Army (as in Ginger Baker of Cream). Paul's credentials include numerous gold and platinum records to his claim and participation credits on the Who's Tommy album.
Any band's strength, of course, can be traced to the individual strength of its leader... and, just as Chico Chism observed, "You got it, you got it man!"
(lead vocals, harmonica)
Poppy's vocals are the personality and power that drives Poppy Harpman & The Storm's hard-hitting songs. On stage Poppy is a busy man, not only is he lead vocalist, he also pierces the air with his wailing harmonica licks. His energy oozes off the stage captivating every member of the audience. Poppy has developed a reputation for 'getting crazy' and devastating audiences with his high-energy style of Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll which showcases Poppy’s innovative harmonica playing, serving as a strong distinguishing sound for the band.
(lead guitar, vocals)
Randy's guitar playing is the signature sound of Poppy Harpman & The Storm. His guitar playing puts most players to shame. He seems to channel all the great masters right through his finger tips. Randy has the conviction to know when a rest in a measure is more important than a note. His fat, juicy tone and his blues solos burst with dynamics and crescendos in a carefully thought out logic. To see Randy perform live is the best way to hear the truth; that he is that guitarist that stands out from the others.
The sound of funk music, faith music and flamboyance pour out of Jeff's instruments. His contribution to the band could never be matched. Jeff's solos, which he refers to as his "ride" will indeed take you to a different place. Jeff's influence on the band brings colorful changes and powerful transitions to whatever is being played, whether it be a standard traditional blues piece or a heavier blues rock composition. Look for him with a feather in his cap, literally and listen for the flair in his phalanges.
Whether picking, plucking, slapping or tapping, Randall manages to stay true to Poppy Harpman & The Storm's tradition of melodic bassmanship. On stage, his high energy performances start from the first note of every show and never let up until the house lights come on. Through thick and thin, up and down, Randall's love for music and his desire to entertain the audience never waivers.
Mark is the new backbone of Poppy Harpman & The Storm's live performances. From his relentless grooves, to blistering fills, he plays with a style and musicianship that compliments the band. His on stage energy and showmanship is a thrill for fans. Always playing for the song, Mark seems to play the right thing at the right time, every time.
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