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Corey Harris

Corey Harris @ Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (2003)
Background information
Born February 21, 1969 (1969-02-21) (age 40)
Denver, Colorado, United States
Genres Blues, delta blues, reggae
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1995-present
Labels Alligator, Rounder, Telarc
Website Official website

Corey Harris (born February 21, 1969, Denver, Colorado) is an 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.[1] He was featured on the 2003 PBS television mini-series, The Blues, in an episode directed by Martin Scorsese.



Harris grew up in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine with a Bachelors Degree in 1991, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2007. Harris received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for linguistic research in North Africa in his early twenties, before taking a teaching post in Napoleonville, Louisiana under the Teach For America program.[1] [2] On his debut solo album Between Midnight and Day (1995) he investigated the repertoire of Charlie Patton, Booker White, Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters and Sleepy John Estes.[1]

In 2002, Harris collaborated with Ali Farka Toure on his album, Mississippi to Mali, fusing blues and Toure's music from northern Mali. Harris has also 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 is known for his solo acoustic work as well as his electric band, formerly known as the '5 x 5'.

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. He also appeared as a musician on the album and its sequel, Mermaid Avenue Vol. II.

In September 2007 The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced that Harris is among 24 people named MacArthur Fellows for 2007. The award comes with $500,000 to be given over five years.


Year of release Album title Record label
1995 Between Midnight and Day Alligator
1997 Fish Ain't Bitin' Alligator
1999 Greens from the Garden Alligator
2000 Vu-Du Menz Alligator
2001 "Live at Starr Hill" Njumba Music
2002 Downhome Sophisticate Rounder
2003 Mississippi to Mali Rounder
2005 Daily Bread Rounder
2007 Zion Crossroads Telarc
2009 Telarc


  1. ^ a b c Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues - From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. pp. 116–117. ISBN 1-85868-255-X.  
  2. ^ Bates College website

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