Thanks for Stopping By

Sweet Harriet

Considerable vocal growth since the first CD, Feeling A Rhythm, with new genres! True stories about her family and friends inspire her music with skilled instrumentation throughout the tracks. Vocal styling is intimate, soothing, heart felt, and sassy!

Inspired by all genres of music, the New Hampshire - based Sweet Harriet is the sings and plays multiple instruments. The opportunity to try new things in a studio provides an invitation to work with and learn from talented musicians. The producers to her first CD, Feeling A Rhythm, Brian Murphy and Mike Clark, team up again for her second CD, Thanks For Stopping By, with free range creative waves of playful instrumentation throughout the tracks.

New to singing, writing, playing and performing in 2006, she quickly bonded with other musicians over their shared love of classic rock, country, folk and bluegrass. Sweet Harriet began playing with others bands which leg to performing live in local home town festivals, fundraisers, nursing homes, churches, funerals and weddings, which included Sweet Tooth, Jerry Jean and his Blue Grass Pickin’ Buddies, Sweet Harriet and The Guy, Walt Leach, and the locally popular Sing Along With Harriet and Marie, Marie Kincaid.

Thanks For Stopping By All lyrics and music copyright Harriet Riendeau. Just Yesterday (Riendeau, H./Walker, J.) Danger Cow music (Barri, S./Sloan, P.F.).


Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmony Brian Murphy: bass, harmony, mandola, mandolin Mike Clark: drums Fred Fowler: fiddle, harmony Jack O’Brien: banjo

The Cog Railway is about her grandparents.

Riding Hood and The Wolf ©2010

Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, rhythm guitar Brian Murphy: bass, keyboard, mandola, harmony Mike Clark: shakers, looped drums

The only original track “Riding Hood and The Wolf” on her first CD became the first taste of her new material. It was inspired by a friend’s newly published book of poems “A New Red - A Fairy Tale For Grown-ups” by Lana Hechtman Ayers. The momentum of writing novels and stories for several years with her writing group, Wild Words, transformed into song writing, especially since the group met the same evening her band rehearsed. Evocative thanks to Lana, Ute Carbone, Tammy McCracken, Deborah Jelley, Alex Hayes, Kate Johnson, Suzanne Ahmed, Kathleen Pyle, Sherry Steffensmeier, Suzanne Schryver, Nancy Glover, and Frances Lemoine. They are forever inspiration, support and friends.
She decided to put some more groove into it the second time around, which added warmth and a reggae feel.


Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmony Brian Murphy: bass, harmony Micah Blake: keyboard Mike Clark: percussion

Written and performed on 11/11/11. Thanks to Elizabeth Skipper for sending the word callipygean and to Erin Fallon for the “my ass” contribution. This song has it’s roots in every school kids experience with middle school and early high school years. Students often crush on their favorite teachers, especially when puberty is in full swing. The experience here is combination of those years, all true.


Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmony, banjo Brian Murphy: bass, harmony, mandola, mandolin Gardener Murphy: lead guitar, spoken vocal, keyboard

This is a song written in a few minutes after a long visit by a friend who told of his break up, written from a woman's point of view. Bluegrass was the first genre it was written in but, the impulse to write new chords turned it into a blues song. It’s the same lyrics. Instead of choosing one over the other, both are included.


Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, rhythm guitar, banjo Brian Murphy: bass Mike Clark: drums, spoken word (the waiter)

In every family there is someone who drops food on their clothes, consistently. In every group of friends there is someone who needs to eat regularly. This song combines all these experiences. In a 2004 trip to Las Vegas the desire to have a burger and beer fell on the deaf ears of Harriet’s buddies; Tammy Wetherbee, Jodi Kincaid and Denise Kincaid. See what happens when You don’t feed a songwriter? You end up in a song. The condiments falling on shirts is universal. Her niece Katherine provided the exploding ketchup on a white shirt. The mustard crust was when Harriet and her husband Ray had some great grass fed burgers ready to eat. The line “I just got the mustard crust from the cap on the bottle” is exactly the moment of birth for this song.


Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, rhythm guitar Brian Murphy: bass, harmony, piano, mandolin Mike Clark: percussion

Poetry strikes again! The inspiration for this song is based on a poem of adoration and devotions. This song played for Jayla and her son at his wedding.

OL’ LADY AND THE ANGEL ©2011 (Harriet Riendeau)

Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmony Brian Murphy: bass, harmony, mandola, percussion Fred Fowler: fiddle Mike Clark: drums

This came as a dream at first. It involved a woman military pilot, who was heading to drop a bomb with the full knowledge of no return flight to base. She had an angel whispering into her ear who accompanied her flight. Impending death will age a person. The song morphed into hints of deeper feelings about not giving up, waking up and standing up.


Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmony, banjo Brian Murphy: bass, harmony, mandola, mandolin Mike Clark: drums, percussion Fred Fowler: fiddle, harmony

Brian’s favorite line in this song is “you can call that number on the bathroom wall”.


Harriet: lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmony Brian: bass, mandolin, harmony, drums, keyboard Mike: percussion

Heading North to visit cousin Martin Decato, a talented musician, the directions were “exit 26 off 93”. With the flu and not enough sense to stay home and tend to it the directions were repeated several times, which turned into a rhythmic chant of sorts. A song was born. There was a dog in the road, a dirt road with the mountain stream, enjoying the scenery. The moved moved to the side of the road to allow passage, then returned to his position. People really do wave. The homes, some mansions, are modest and humble. In that neck of the woods there is a staying power that is passed from generation to generation.

DANGER COW © 2006 (with permission Secret Agent Man music)

Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, lead guitar, rhythm guitar Brian Murphy: bass, rhythm guitar, harmony, mandola, mandolin Mike Clark: drums, percussion

This song was originally called Freaky Teaty Cow with the chorus of freaky testy and lame. The rewording made more sense and a title change was in order. Brian suggested Danger Cow and it works. Folks appreciate good food raised humanely without interference. New Hampshire rocks for farmers markets.

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