"Yet it actually made it seem a lot more free and unrestricted. We had to hold on to everything. Once we played something we had to keep it, and that made it special. We had to try to bring it into the moment and that meant playing well all the time."
In a very real sense, Mississippi to Mali, grounded in history, heritage, custom, and tradition, contained field recordings for a new millennium. Harris, though, a former public school teacher, dismisses any notion that it was strictly an academic exercise. "I don't worry about that. I'm not an academic," he says. "I'm just doing what I do, doing a lot of observation. Besides, if I was an academic, I probably wouldn't be making music."
Listen up, whippersnappers: Corey Harris represents
the real Dirty-Dirty
Saturday, June 12 at 8:00 p.m.
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