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About Corey Harris:

Corey Harris is an iconic American blues and reggae musician, currently residing in Virginia. Along with Keb' Mo' and Alvin Youngblood Hart, he raised the flag of acoustic guitar blues in the mid-1990s. Most recently made famous for his completely original Rasta blues sound, Harris was featured on the 2003 PBS television mini-series, The Blues, in an episode directed by Martin Scorsese.

In 2002, Harris collaborated with Ali Farka Toure on his album, Mississippi to Mali, fusing blues and Toure's music from northern Mali. In 2003, he contributed to the Northern Blues release, Johnny's Blues: A Tribute To Johnny Cash. Harris has lived and traveled widely in West Africa, an influence that has permeated much of his work. Harris has toured extensively throughout Europe, Canada, West Africa, Japan and Australia. He helped Billy Bragg and Wilco to write the music for "Hoodoo Voodoo" on Mermaid Avenue, an album consisting entirely of songs for which the lyrics were written by the late Woody Guthrie. In September 2007, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced that Harris was among 24 people named MacArthur Fellows for 2007. The Fellowship, worth $500,000, is payable over five years.

Corey Harris


Only Corey Harris could manufacture a mesmerizing meeting place where two seemingly disparate music genres, blues and reggae, can seamlessly co-exist. But then again, this is the same savant who connected the music of Mississippi to Mali (with Ali Farka Toure).

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