"This album epitomizes everything that is good about music"
-Performer Magazine, January 2004
Acoustic Guitar Magazine also selected this CD as an Editors' Choice for December 2003.
They write, '"[Harte's] knack for catchy melodies, fresh lyrics, and deftly textured arrangements (integrating balafon, accordion, violin, and reeds into the mix), as well as crisp acoustic fingerpicking and taut soloing, confirm the original folk-rock sensibility he's forged since trading his Marshall amp head for an early 60s sunburst Gibson acoustic guitar."
PERFORMER MAGAZINE- January 2004. From the original artwork on the sleeve to the polished vocals, song construction, and excellent musicianship, this album is first class the whole way. The energy is kept throughout without ever becoming overbearing, coming out with brilliant lyric after brilliant lyric. It is definitely evident that Alexis Harte took the time to perfect the songs and craft them properly before going into the recording studio. ... This album epitomizes everything that is good about music,... Alexis Harte's lyrics and impeccable attention to detail make this not only a catchy album, but sophisticated and thought provoking." -- Mark Kramer
Alexis Harte's music renders a map that drops us straight into his head. We meet steel doors that open to fields crawling with life. We find parts of ourselves mixed in with his words. But just when there's a sense of familiarity, Harte takes us around the corner and it's a whole new scene.
Sunlight Loping has diverse cast of characters but it features the Kottke-esque finger-picking of Harte's acoustic guitar. His vocals move like smoke through the songs, wrapping organically around the other instruments. Each track is inextricably linked to the others by a strong narrative that runs throughout the album, and by Harte's unconventional arrangements.
Alexis Harte's debut solo CD, Junebug was selected as a Top 12 Independent Release by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Junebug's success both in the US and Europe led to the recording of this CD and the formation of his current ensemble that includes Alexis Harte on acoustic guitar, Randy Weaver on electric standup bass, Aaron Brinkerhoff on cocktail drums, and Adrian West on electric violin.
Sunlight Loping is what happens when a thinking, feeling musician sets out with the single-minded purpose of creating the best recording of his career. It is a brand-new classic."