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. Along with Keb’ Mo’ and Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, he raised the flag of acoustic guitar blues in the mid-1990s.
Fresh from a U.S co-headline tour with Aussie favourite Eric Bibb, the MacArthur Fellowship winner returns to our shoes for the first time in over 16 years for a series of solo shows along the East Coast.
Harris is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. He began his career as a New Orleans street singer, traveling throughout the southern U.S. In his early 20s, he lived in Cameroon, West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work. He has recorded many of the older songs while also creating an original vision of the blues by adding influences from reggae, soul, rock and West African music.
Corey Harris was prominently featured in the Martin Scorsese film ‘The Blues: A Musical Journey’ and has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as Billy Bragg & Wilco (on the acclaimed ‘Mermaid Avenue’ albums), BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, R.L. Burnside, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Matthews Band, Tracy Chapman and Olu Dara.
Friday August 19 Caravan Music Club – Melbourne, VIC www.caravanmusic.com.au
Saturday August 20 Harvester Moon Cafe – Bellarine, VIC www.harvestermoon.com.au
SundayAugust 21 Lizottes – Newcastle, NSW www.lizottes.com.au
TuesdayAugust 23 Brass Monkey – Cronulla, NSW brassmonkey.com.au
WednesdayAugust 24 Harmonie-German Club – Canberra, ACT www.harmonieclub.com.au
Thursday August 25 The Basement – Sydney, NSW www.thebasement.com.au
FridayAugust 26 – SundayAugust 28 Gympie Muster – Blues & Roots Stage http://www.muster.com.au/
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