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Editors’ Notes

Like Taj Mahal before him, Corey Harris has reveled in connecting the blues with other strains of African-born music. His inquisitive instinct has taken him and his music from New Orleans to Mali to the Caribbean, and while some may raise an eyebrow at Harris’s blithe globetrotting and genre-hopping, he has an uncanny knack for deeply absorbing the sounds and finding the true soul of the music he encounters. Simply put, his musical immersion studies seem to work. For Zion Crossroads, his eighth album, Harris turns his full attention to reggae music, a style he’s experimented with in the past. Utilizing the easy-flowing rhythms, deep grooves, relaxed tempos, and socially conscious lyrics of ‘70s-vintage roots reggae, the Denver-born musician sounds remarkably comfortable and assured, both in his singing and his songwriting. Harris wrote or co-wrote 12 of the 13 tracks, the exception being the “Walter Rodney Intro,” an adaptation of a traditional West African song featuring Cheick Hamala Diabate on ngoni lute. Delightful tracks like “Ark of the Covenant,” “In the Morning,” and “Walter Rodney” are quintessential Rastafarian chants while “Sweatshop” is a slow-churning defense of the working man. At a time when contemporary roots reggae is hard to find, Harris’s contribution is all the more welcome.

Customer Reviews

Roots Evolution

Actually, this is a natural evolution for Corey Harris, his roots reggae inspirations have been showing up on the last couple releases and this one finally lets it all out of the bag. Great stuff from an artist who has the guts to allow creativity to reign over being locked-down into any one musical style, he always keeps you on your toes. Amazing music...keep it coming Corey! Highly recommended!

Perfect!!!

I just stumbled across Corey Harris recently, and his album Zion Crossroads is some of the best reggae music I have ever heard comin from a American artist!! I see he was formally a Blues singer. But it clearly shows where his heart and soul is, in this album. This guy needs more exposure so people can hear great Reggae music from the very few American Artist that dish it out!!!

Amazing

I would listen to mr Harris play anything anytime. This guy is a master.

Biography

Born: February 21, 1969 in Denver, CO

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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