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Corey Harris

Corey Harris has earned substantial critical acclaim as one of the few contemporary bluesmen able to channel the raw, direct emotion of acoustic Delta blues without coming off as an authenticity-obsessed historian. Although he is well versed in the early history of blues guitar, he's no well-mannered preservationist, mixing a considerable variety of influences -- from New Orleans to the Caribbean to Africa -- into his richly expressive music. In doing so, he's managed to appeal to a wide spectrum of blues fans, from staunch traditionalists to more contemporary sensibilities.

Harris was born in Denver, Colorado, on February 21, 1969, and began playing guitar at age 12, when he fell in love with his mother's Lightnin' Hopkins records. He played in a rock & roll band in high school, as well as the marching band, and developed his singing abilities in church. Through Bates College in Maine (where he majored in anthropology), Harris traveled to Cameroon to study African linguistics and returned there on a postgraduate fellowship; during his time there, he soaked up as much African music as possible, entranced by its complex polyrhythms. After returning to the U.S., Harris taught English and French in Napoleonville, Louisiana, and during his spare time he played the clubs, coffeehouses, and street corners of nearby New Orleans. His local reputation eventually earned him a deal with Alligator. In 1995, Alligator released Harris' debut album, Between Midnight and Day, a one-man, one-guitar affair that illustrated his mastery of numerous variations on the Delta blues style. The record won rave reviews and even some mainstream media attention, marking Harris as an exciting new presence on the blues scene; it also earned him an opening slot on tour with ex-10,000 Maniacs singer Natalie Merchant.

Harris followed it up with Fish Ain't Bitin' in 1997, a record that began to expand his style by adding a New Orleans-style brass section on several tracks, while emphasizing his own original compositions to a much greater degree. The next year, Harris was invited to participate in the Billy Bragg/Wilco collaboration Mermaid Avenue, which set a selection of unfinished Woody Guthrie songs to music; Harris played guitar and contributed bluesy backup vocals to several tunes. In 1999, Harris released what most critics called his strongest work to date, Greens from the Garden; hailed as a landmark in some quarters, the record delved deeper into New Orleans funk and R&B, while recasting its covers in surprising but effective new contexts (even reggae and hip-hop). The result was a kaleidoscope of black musical styles that earned Harris even more widespread attention than his debut. Veteran pianist Henry Butler appeared on the record, and for the follow-up, Harris recorded an entire album in tandem with Butler; issued in 2000, Vu-Du Menz updated several different strains of early jazz and blues.

Harris subsequently left Alligator for Rounder, and debuted for his new label in 2002 with Downhome Sophisticate, a typically eclectic outing that explored his African influences and added Latin music to his seemingly endless sonic palette. Two more albums followed on Rounder, the marvelous Mississippi to Mali in 2003 and Daily Bread in 2005. Ever the musical explorer, Harris turned to Jamaica and roots reggae for the template on his next album, Zion Crossroads, which was released in 2007 on Telarc Records. A second Telarc album, Blu. Black, appeared in 2009 and found Harris continuing to be fascinated by Jamaican music. Released in 2013, Fulton Blues found Harris revisiting several of his hybrid blues forms in a varied and interesting set. ~ Steve Huey & Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Blu. Black

1. Black

2. My Song

3. Find A Way

4. Conquering Lion

5. Babylon Walls

6. King And Queen

7. So Good To Me

8. Columbus

9. Pimps And Thieves

10. Blessed Seed

11. Run Around Girl

12. Backlash

13. Every Time I Look At You

14. Blues

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Track List: Zion Crossroads

3. Heathen Rage

4. Sweatshop

5. In The Morning

6. Fire Go Come

7. Walter Rodney Intro

8. Walter Rodney

9. Afrique (Chez Moi)

10. Cleanliness

11. Plantation Town

12. You Never Know

13. Keep Your Culture

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Track List: Daily Bread

1. Daily Bread

2. I See Your Face

3. Got To Be A Better Way

4. A Nickel And A Nail

5. The Sweetest Fruit

7. Lamb's Bread

8. Just In Time

9. Khaira

11. More Precious Than Gold

12. The Bush Is Burning

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Track List: Mississippi To Mali

1. Coahoma

2. Big Road Blues

3. Special Rider Blues

4. Tamalah

5. Back Atcha

6. Rokie

7. La Chanson Des Bozos

8. Mr. Turner

9. Cypress Grove

10. Station Blues

11. .44 Blues

12. Njarka

13. Charlene

14. Catfish Blues

15. Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground

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Track List: Downhome Sophisticate

1. Giddyup

2. Frankie Doris

3. Money On My Mind

4. Don't Let The Devil Ride

5. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning

6. Capitaine

7. Santoro

8. Fire On The Radio

9. Fire

10. BB

11. Downhome Prelude

12. Downhome Sophisticate

13. Sista Rose

14. Black Maria

15. Chinook

16. Money Eye

17. Where The Yellow Cross The Dog

18. F'Shizza (Santoro Remix)

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Track List: Greens From The Garden

1. Introduction To The Greens

2. Basehead

3. Honeysuckle

4. Tapado

5. Eh La Bas

6. Interlude

7. Wild West

8. In The Kitchen With Momma

9. Sweet Black Angel

10. Pas Parlez

11. Interlude

12. Lynch Blues

13. Greens Back In The Day

14. Congo Square Rag

15. Diddy Wah Diddy

16. Ites

17. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

18. Nola Rag

19. Epilogue

20. Teabag Blues

21. Bonus Track

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Track List: Fish Ain't Bitin'

1. High Fever Blues

2. Frankie And Johnnie

3. Berry Owens Blues

4. Take Me Back

5. Fish Ain't Bitin'

6. Preaching Blues

7. Bumble Bee Blues

8. God Don't Ever Change

9. 5-0 Blues

10. Mama Got Worried

11. Worried Life Blues

12. High Fever Blues (Solo Version)

13. Jack O'Diamonds

14. If You Leave Me

15. Moosemilk Blues

16. You Got To Move

17. Clean Rag

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Track List: Between Midnight And Day

1. Roots Woman

2. Pony Blues

3. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning

4. Early In The Morning

5. Feel Like Going Home

6. I'm A Rattlesnakin' Daddy

7. Between Midnight And Day

8. Bukka's Jitterbug Swing

9. Going To Brownsville

10. Write Me A Few Lines

11. She Moves Me

12. Bound To Miss Me

13. 61 Highway

14. Catfish Blues

15. I Ain't Gonna Be Worried No More

16. It Hurts Me Too

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raygoza
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Sounds distinct, his own tune
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wohh
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good stuff
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Grits 'n fry-bread blues. Tasty.
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A truly enriched expression, of one's god given talent, finding it's way to inspire us to be more, and yes even the poor...
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On It Hurts Me Too, nobody bends a note like Corey Harris. This is what the blues is all about. (Cee Rex)
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sweet
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gator dammmm thats good
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fantastic!
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I like the vesatility of this artist. he can play ANYTHING!!
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jonesartist
WOW!What a cool path he's travled in becoming whoe he is and what he has to share- tune-a-lishi o u s !
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higher heights rasta vibes
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I LIke a LOt!
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Denver in the house...
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I love it, love it, love, itlove it
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He Is a Truly "A Channel" Music as Medicine... Mississippi to Mali is a masterpiece
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Beautiful, wide-ranging , unique, personal, skillful musicianship (i.e. "art") that is not trying to repeat the past. Check out his other albums with their other African-root e d styles...oka y , Mike Howell?
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ambrosewrite r
Just saw him less than twenty minutes ago. Masterful!
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Great person/music i a n
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this guy is absoultly incredible. i m buying it now.
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I like him.
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I don't want to ever hear another song by this artist,,, I hate his style,, thank you.... Mike Howell
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godd chill music. keep om jammin man!!
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this guy mixes a lot of different sounds and its great
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this guy deserves more reviews than this! i love his music and what he mixes to make it the unique Corey Harris sound. Awesome music.
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Like this CD... good music

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