Harper Simon’s State Of Grace

This article appears in our March/April issue. Subscribe here. While it may be en vogue to embrace your country roots, Harper Simon, for his second album Division Street, decided to ditch Americana and crank up the volume. Stream Division Street “I grew up in New York listening to more countercultural kinds of records,” says Simon, calling from Los Angeles, where he now lives. “From The Rolling Stones to The Velvet Underground to the Ramones. So this time, I wanted to make the kind of record I would want to listen to.” Now, it’s difficult to mention Simon’s youth and hometown without making note of his lineage too – he’s the son of Paul Simon and his first wife Peggy Harper, who was once married to the manager of Simon & Garfunkel before catching Paul’s eye. But you wouldn’t know it: save for a warm speaking tone that evokes his father’s softest notes, he makes nary a mention of his family. Luckily for Simon, he’s talented enough not to have to rely on where he came from and just focus on where he’s going. Although those brows can be a dead giveaway, at times. It would be easy to assume that…

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