BROWNFIELD, Maine — Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine, will be hosting blues duo True Blues with Corey Harris and Cedric Watson on Friday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. The show is a benefit to help Maine's local community radio station WMPG.
Harris is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and bandleader who has carved out his own niche in blues. 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 southern United State. In his early 20s, he lived in Cameroon, West Africa, for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work.
Harris has recorded many old songs of the blues tradition, while also creating an original vision of the blues by adding influences from reggae, soul, rock and West African music.
His 1995 recording, "Between Midnight and Day," is a tribute to the tradition of acoustic blues. Subsequent recordings include "Greens From the Garden" (1999), "Mississippi to Mali" (2003) and "Daily Bread" (2005).
Watson is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist and songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential. With an apparently bottomless repertoire of songs at his fingertips, Cedric plays everything from forgotten Creole melodies and obscure Dennis McGee reels to more modern Cajun and Zydeco songs, even occasionally throwing in a bluegrass fiddle tune or an old string band number.
Watson's songs channel his diverse ancestry (African, French, Native American and Spanish) to create his own brand of sounds. Here them both.
Local community radio station WMPG has been around a long time. The station features diverse programming ranging from rock to jazz to foreign to local or global issues and more.
Tickets are available at stonemountainartscenter.com or by calling the box office at (207) 935-7292.