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True Blues – Corey Harris and Phil Wiggins
September 15 @ 7:30 pm
This fantastic concert is the first in The Holland’s special Roots Series, generously supported by NetGain.
Hosted by Corey Harris, a MacArthur Grant recipient, along with America’s foremost blues harmonica virtuoso, Phil Wiggins, True Blues chronicles the extraordinary living culture of the blues in an evening of music and conversation, vividly bringing this crucial wellspring of American music to life.
Corey Harris is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, he has appeared at venues throughout the North America, Europe, Brazil, The Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He began his career as a New Orleans street singer, traveling throughout the southern U.S. In his early twenties he lived in Cameroon, West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work. He was featured in Martin Scorsese’s “Feel Like Going Home” which followed Corey on a roots journey to West Africa. He has performed, recorded, and toured with names such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, R.L.Burnside, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Matthews Band, and Tracy Chapman, among many others. With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, Harris is a truly unique voice in contemporary music.
Phil Wiggins is arguably America’s foremost blues harmonica virtuoso. While rooted in the melodic Piedmont or “Tidewater” blues of the Chesapeake region, his mastery of the instrument now transcends stylistic boundaries. Born in Washington D.C. in 1954, Phil Wiggins achieved worldwide acclaim over three decades as one half of the premier Piedmont blues duo of Cephas & Wiggins.