Corey Harris

Jazzfest

April 23, 2004

Corey Harris played raw music at the Blues tent Friday afternoon. Harris turned out back porch and jumpin' Blues.

Harris was a blues revivalist, "invoking the ghosts of Robert Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins and Howlin' Wolf," according to Harris. He was accompanied by drummer John Gilmore.

Harris played spiritual tunes that were emotionally forceful and cut to the bone. His vocal delivery was reminiscent of Ben Harper, who Harris toured with.

Harris' eyes were so deep. He did not move them while he played a song. They were transfixed on an object in the back of the tent. This focus, though it's hard to explain how, made the songs more powerful.

His music was excellent, real, touching, and healing.


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