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Patty Harper & Faultline: Bio

Patty Harper & Faultline

Patty Harper - Vocals, Congas & a mean tambourine
Steve Harper - Pretty Red Guitar
John Gilreath - Keys, Harmonica & Vocals
Bob Buckley - Bass
Mike Assad - Drums

Patty Harper & Faultline is a five piece, Memphis based, House Rockin' Band. We pride ourselves on mixing it up by perform an eclectic repertoire consisting of lots of great classic rock & old-school dance floor packing R&B classics mixed with a variety of crowd pleasing blues favorites.

Vocalist, Patty Harper has been raising the roof belting out the blues & rock since hooking up with guitarist Steve Harper in California in 1992. Prior to that time, she had sung various styles of music including Top 40 pop, jazz and rock opera throughout the U.S. & Europe, with performances in England, France, Germany, Switzerland & Holland at such prestigious venues as The Montreaux Jazz Festival.

In 2006 Faultline's guitarist & band leader Steve Harper was the winner of the Guitar Center's "King of the Blues" contest in Memphis, went on to be the district winner in Nashville and then, out of the thousands of guitarists who competed across the U.S., was 1 of 7 national finalists to perform at The House of Blues in Chicago where he was honored to have met and opened for the one and only BB King! Check out a video of his performance on You Tube. Pretty Cool.

Faultline is also comprised of some great local talent and the NICEST guys in the world including the multi-talented Mr. John Gilreath who is the MASTER of the keys, blows some blues harp and sings as good as he wants to. John's musical adventures have taken him all over the planet & we are thrilled that he has been our bandmate for about 10 years!

We are also blessed to share the stage with a world-class rhythm section featuring a pair of lovely and talented gents who have been gracing Memphis stages for years. Come on out to hear Bob Buckley on Bass and Mike Assad on drums. These guys play with tremendous musicality and lock in the rhythm, the tempo and are total pros when it comes to dynamics.

In the years that they played in Southern California, Faultline worked steadily at various rock & blues venues, sharing the stage with the likes of Coco Montoya, Walter Trout & Billy Preston & headlining annual events & Fundraisers for The American Cancer Society, The Humane Society, The Riverside Philharmonic & various annual concert series for Cal State University SBDO & The City of SBDO.

They subsequently relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada where they took the stage at area clubs, biker bars & casinos including The Images Cabaret at The Stratosphere Towers, The MGM Grand Adventures Theme Park, The Blue Note Jazz Club, The Traveling Vietnam Wall & at "Red, Hot & Blues" - a fundraiser for families of victims of Sept. 11th, held at The Hard Rock Cafe.
While in Vegas, they recorded their first studio CD "Blues You Can Feel" which is comprised of 9 originals and 2 cover tunes, all in the blues genre.

In the winter of 2002, they packed up the dogs & the guitars & made the move to Memphis where they made their partnership official by getting hitched on the rooftop of The Peabody Hotel & spent their wedding night playing a gig on Beale making music & sharing wedding cake with the audience.

They are happy to have performed at many Beale Street venues including Wet Willie's, The Hard Rock, Elvis Presley's Memphis, The Blues City Cafe where they played a private party for HBO, Showtime & Team Tyson for The Rumble on The River Boxing Event, as well as at The King's Palace Patio, The Tap Room, & for Memphis in May, Labor Day Music Festival, New Year's Eve, etc at W.C. Handy’s Blues Hall & at The Rum Boogie, where they recorded their CD, “Live On Beale.”

They are honored to have been finalists, coming in Second Place, in The 2005 and 2007 Memphis Blues Society “Battle of The Blues” Competitions. The 3rd time was the charm as they did win in 2009 and enjoyed the honor of representing the MBS in the 2010 International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in January 2010. (WHAT A THRILL!)

Faultline has played at The Redbird's Game/Auto Zone Park and at fundraisers for the MidSouth Arc and at The Rock 103/Celebrity Server Night at Bosco's on the Square to benefit The Ronald McDonald House. They play at bars and clubs throughout Memphis, Arkansas & Mississippi including The Sheraton Casino in Tunica and The Southland Greyhound Park & Casino in West Memphis, Arkansas. Other local venues include: Hadley's, Huey's, T.J. Mulligan's, Doc Watson's, Dan McGuiness, Brookhaven Pub, The Service Station, J.R.'s, The Hog's Head, Neil's, Newby's, Bob's,The Crossings, Tony's Trophy Room and LaFayette's.

Thank you for visiting our website! We hope you like what you hear & that you would like to come out to one of our upcoming performances to support live music or if you are in the position to do so that you would consider booking Patty Harper & Faultline for your event or venue soon! WE also LOVE TO PLAY PRIVATE PARTIES AND CORPORATE EVENTS!


To the current band line-up, YOU GUYS are like brothers from different mothers! We love you and are so grateful to have you with us every time we hit the stage! You make it FUN and you SOUND fantastic!

We also want to give THANKS to some folks who have made Faultline's musical journey so awesome! First, we want to thank the musicians who have played with us over the years and miles...especially everybody in Vegas who worked on the "Blues You Can Feel" CD: Randy Young (Bass, Percussion, Keys, Recording, co-producing, mixing), Jason Parolini (Drums), Art Groom (B3), Junior Brantley (Keys), Steve Warder, Randy Walker & Laura Gannon (Back-up Vocals). Also, for help with that disc we would like to THANK Zoom Graphics, Charlie Levere, Our Dearest Friend Chris Bowen (RIP - We Love & Miss You!), The Las Vegas Recording Studio and the wonderful Brett Hanson for mastering the disc!

In 2006 we had the graphics for the "Blues You Can Feel" CD re-worked by Ronnie Stoots of Memphis Magic Graphic Design & Productions. He was a great talent and a wonderful person and we miss him.

We also want to THANK the AWESOME photographers Hal "Magic Man" Jaffe, Anita Wintead, Donna Hickman and Frederick Toma who is a great photographer, a lovely Southern Gentleman and a dog lover too!

We have been blessed to play with some amazing musicians over the years and would like to thank each and every one of them including Cary Irwin (Guitar), Jeff Stone (Bass), Andre Burbridge (Drums), Brett Barnes (Drums), Casey Triplett (Drums), All of the Dave's especially David B. (B3) & David "Groove" Parker (Bass), as well as John Gould (Sax & Keys), John Sanders (Keys), Brad Lloyd (Drums), Josh White (Bass).

THANK YOU, to Dennis, Ric & Luca of ROCK 103 who always included us on their "Great Unsigned" radio show and for being so wonderful to us! This was a great show on Rock 103 and we miss it! They were one of the only stations in the area shining the spotlight on lots of great unsigned local talent which opened some doors and gave us all priceless exposure. Steve was also chosen as one of the top 20 Great Unsigned artists for the “Rock 103 Great Unsigned” On Line Battle of the Bands for his solo project “Soul Expression.” We MISS YOU Dennis, Ric & Luca! You were GREAT together!

Thank You to Justin Jaggers for giving us the tremendous honor of having been included on the Musicians for LeBonheur compilation CDs in 2014 and 2015.

Big Thanks to "Dempsey" - a great friend to the band!
AND LAST but NOT least THANK YOU to CHAD and the awesome crew at CDBABY.COM and HOSTBABY.COM! You guys ROCK!!!