Patty Harper - Vocals & Conga Drums
Patty began singing professionally at weddings while still in elementary school. By the time she hit Junior High she had already begun touring with musical theatre productions and went on to perform leading roles in dozens of professional musicals and rock operas. Over the years she has also sung various styles of music including Top 40 Pop, Jazz, Big Band, Opera, Rock, Blues and R&B throughout the U.S. and Europe at such prestigious venues as The Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, The Northsea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, Dante’s in Los Angeles, The MGM, The Stratosphere Towers, The Blue Note and The Hard Rock Café during her years in Las Vegas and all over the South since relocating to Memphis in 2002 with her guitar playing hubby, Steve. Highlights of their local work include winning the Memphis Blues Society Battle of the Bands which afforded them the honor of representing Memphis in the International Blues Challenge. In addition they have enjoyed playing on the Madison Rooftop, in the Peabody Grand Ballroom, at a private party for HBO, Showtime and Team Tyson for The Rumble on the River boxing event, in Tunica at The Sheraton Casino, in West Memphis at The Southland Greyhouse Park and Casino, at most of the Beale Street venues and at The Memphis Redbird’s Game at Auto Zone Park. They have also performed at fundraisers for multiple local charity events including the MidSouth Arc, The Dream Factory, The Architects Ball fundraiser for the Humane Society, Woofstock, The Rock 103 Celebrity Server Night at Bosco’s on the Square to benefit The Ronald McDonald House, Musicians for Le Bonheur and many more. Whether busking in a New York subway, recording at Sun Studios or performing as a guest of The Rome, GA Symphony, Patty lives to sing. As John Hammer of Blues Monday Monthly Entertainment said, “Patty’s amazing vocals are embellished by velvet growls and soaring peaks with the power of a hemi.”
Steve Harper - Guitar
Steve Harper, Faultline's founder and band leader, began his professional career as a guitarist in the 70's in Southern California where he performed at clubs throughout Orange County, Los Angeles and along the coastal nightclub circuit. He branched out to touring throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada. In the early 1990's he joined musical forces with Patty, after she answered his ad for a singer, and Faultline was born. Shortly thereafter he relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada where the band performed regularly at local blues venues and major casinos and hotels on the strip. In 2001 he made the move to Memphis to pursue his love of playing the blues. He still gets a thrill playing in Memphis, "The Cradle of Blues" and "The Birthplace of Rock and Roll", especially when performing on World Famous Beale Street. In 2006, after some nudging from his wife, he entered The Guitar Center King of the Blues competition where out of nearly 4000 guitarists he was one of 7 finalists. He was honored to perform as an opening act for BB King at the House of Blues Chicago. Inspired by BB's longevity as a guitarist, Steve continues to play rock, blues and R&B at the age of 67 with the same passion and fire that he had all those years ago when he first fell in love with playing which is why Guitar Player magazine compared his style to the likes of Larry Carlton and Robben Ford. John "BluesHammer" Hammer of Blue Monday Monthly Entertainment Magazine described his work on the bands "Blues You Can Feel" CD as being "searing" with "dangerous curve huggin' hooks."
John Gilreath - Keys, Vocals, Harmonica
Yeah, YOU know John Gilreath...he has been with us since forever...BUT, did you know THIS: John Gilreath started playing piano at age 7 in Rochester, Minnesota, strictly “classically trained” until Led Zeppelin IV and Elton John’s Greatest Hits teamed up to change his life. In the 40-odd years since, his piano, keyboards, and periodic entry-level rhythm guitar and harmonica has shown up at all manner of nightclubs, weddings, country clubs, proms, churches, and hayrides in the Midwest and Mid-South, sharing anything that’s fun to play and fun to hear and, occasionally, some of his own stuff. His singing gigs have run the gamut from poolside soloist to ad hoc quartets to internationally-traveled choral ensembles, from Anaheim to New York to Warsaw. True, his discovery that launching into Journey ballads in the band room caused girls to pay attention was certainly transformational, but honestly, now he just loves the playing. Call out a Yellowjackets workout, a Chopin prelude, Al Green or Bruno Mars or “three chords and the truth” - he digs it all!
Mike Assad - Drums
Mike Assad has performed as a freelance drummer and percussionist for over 25 years with various artists and groups representing a wide variety of styles. He performs regularly in the genres of jazz, blues, rock, classical, world, reggae, and country. Mike has performed with groups/artists such as Joyce Cobb, Ed Finney, Charlie Wood, Diane Price, Kirk Whalum, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Corinth Symphony Orchestra, the Jazz Orchestra of the Delta and the Memphis Jazz Orchestra. He has performed and taught regionally as well as internationally in Brazil and Japan. Mike received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky and his Master's of Music degree from the University of Memphis. Mike is currently on faculty at University of Memphis, Rhodes College, Visible Music College, and LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, TN serving as professor of percussion. Mike uses and endorses ProMark Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, and Sabian Cymbals.
Kaleb Ritchie - Bass
Have you met our bass player yet?! Through nearly 20 years OF playing both the Electric and Upright Bass, Kaleb “Phigured Bass” Ritchie has performed a variety of styles of music in groups of all genres. Classically trained, he is a member of both the Delta Symphony Orchestra and Germantown Symphony Orchestra. He has also enjoyed playing with the Arkansas and Jackson Symphonies. Kaleb holds a bachelors in Jazz Performance from the University of Memphis. He has played with world renown groups such as The Platters, the Drifters, and The Coasters, among with many jazz trios, quartets, and quintets. A second generation musician, he considers playing along side his father, Guido, in his various groups in Little Rock to be his greatest honor as a musician. He has recently joined “Patty Harper & Faultline” based in Memphis, TN & plans to play with them for a long, long, time. Welcome to Faultline, Kaleb, we are THRILLED to have you with us!!!!!!!!