Corey Harris - Mississippi to Mali CD

For this celebration of earthy acoustic music, scholar and bluesman extraordinaire Corey Harris trekked to Mississippi and Mali, West Africa, to make a series of modern field recordings. Stateside, Harris cut resonator slide tracks with fife-and-drum musicians; in Mali, his bandmates included the great Ali Farka Toure on guitar. The resulting performances -- a mix of traditional blues and African melodies, songs by Skip James and Blind Willie Johnson, and originals by Harris and Toure -- are as spontaneous and relaxed as a back porch pickin' session. Through his music, Harris reminds us of the rhythmic, melodic, and spiritual connection between traditional African sounds and early American blues. If you're bummed by the slick production values of contemporary blues guitar albums, the dry, present tones and relentless funk of these tracks will set you right.

1. Coahoma 1:49
2. Big Road Blues 3:06
3. Special Rider Blues 4:54
4. Tamalah 6:40
5. Back Atcha 2:40
6. Rokie 3:45
7. La Chanson des Bozos 4:20
8. Mr. Turner 4:43
9. Cypress Grove 3:01
10. Station Blues 3:29
11. .44 Blues 7:28
12. Njarka 3:55
13. Charlene 5:01
14. Catfish Blues 6:39
15. Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground 3:28

Released November 2003