Meet Jill Moore, Paul Drinkwine and Roger Fink – the talented trio that forms Harper’s Chord, a new local music group that has just release its first full-length CD entitled “Natural Bridge” .
The music of Harper’s Chord’s “Natural Bridge” has a grass-roots, back porch, organic feel to it. The songs that were chosen for this recording seem to tell stories of personal journeys and are easily relatable. There is a simplicity and sweetness to these songs and that gives these diverse musicians the opportunity to showcase their formidable talent.
Jill, the groups lead vocalist is a native Minnesota girl, but spent about eleven years traveling around much of the world as a professional singer and dancer. Most recently appearing in musical stage productions in St. Cloud and Little Falls, Jill has often provided back-up vocals for other Rock House Studio recording artists.
Paul, a St Cloud native, was raised in a musical family and has been a staple of the St. Cloud area music scene for over thirty years. Paul plays almost anything with strings but focuses mainly on the guitar, mandolin, cello and viola. His “finger-picking” style of playing adds incredible interest and depth to the trio’s musicality.
Originally from Des Moines, IA, Roger moved to the St. Cloud area about 18 years ago. His style of guitar playing is more rhythmic, giving their songs a strong backbone with a slight edginess and a wonderful bluesy feel. Roger also grew up in a musical family and has been performing live music for 40 years.
Drawing from their love of folk, blues, roots, Americana and country music, Harper’s Chord captivates audiences with strong, two and three-part harmonies and easy-listening acoustic songs. Popular groups found in a similar genre as Harper’s Chord would include The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Dixie Chicks and Alison Krauss.
Harper’s Chord’s song selections and music sensibilities strongly appeals to the “Over-35” listening audience. The strong following established over the years by Paul Drinkwine and Roger Fink certainly attests to this.