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We have recorded a new album of traditional, acoustic blues featuring harmonica, mandolin, guitar and vocals.
We have recorded a new album of traditional, acoustic blues featuring harmonica, mandolin, guitar and vocals.
91 backers pledged $3,271 to help bring this project to life.

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Louisa County Blues

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My name is Corey Harris.  I started my musical career in the early ninties playing acoustic blues on the streets of New Orleans' French Quarter.  The blues is my mother tongue.

Blues and spirituals are the roots that give me strength to survive, from that time until this time.  For years, I played on the streets day and night, putting together the change and dollar bills that passersby threw in the guitar case, just so I could eat and pay the rent. Twenty five years later I am still playing the old, acoustic, traditional blues whenever and wherever I can to let people know about the real foundation.  Along the way I have enlisted the help of Hook Hererra on harp and Lino Mouio on Mandolin to help me realize this latest project.  In this age of high-tech recording, I set out to make a record the simple, old fashioned way: write a few new songs, dust off a few old ones and play it all with no overdubs or edits. We recorded the entire record LIVE, just like they used to do in the past.  If you are reading this, I know that you love real music as much as I do!  This record is for the true blues fans who just want to hear simple, traditional music with real lyrics played by real musicians.  I am so happy about this latest record and can't wait to share it with you.  All we need is a little help to get across the finish line...

We recently spent two days holed away in a recording studio and we are now in need of funds to pay for the studio time, the mastering, graphics and CD reproduction.  Through the years I have played all sorts of original and traditional music in a variety of bands, but I have always dreamt of doing a record like this: no frills, stripped down, honest, acoustic music that stays true to the roots. There comes a time in a man's life where he gets back to basics.  Now is the time!  This record is the one so many blues fans over the years have told me they have been waiting for!  Won't you help me to bring this little creation to a wider audience?  We have a variety of rewards to choose from if you should decide to join me on this journey.  Remember that no amount is too small!  We would be honored to have your help in this latest labor of love.  As always, thank you for your support of traditional, acoustic music! 

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge will be finding the right people who believe in this project and want to support it. Are you one of our potential supporters? I hope so! We have already finished the most important and time consuming part: recording the album. With your help we will be able to pay for the studio time and have enough left over for mixing, mastering, graphics, CD manufacturing and online publicity. This is a simple acoustic record so it will take very little work to bring it to a wider audience. We are not touring at the moment, so that gives us plenty of time before our next gig (early February) to finish this project. We are committed to keeping it simple, and most of the work is already done, so the risks and challenges for this project are next to zero.

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    A signed physical copy of the CD

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    A handmade #nattyworks denim market bag

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    Two 30-minute guitar lessons via Skype

    Receive all the previous rewards plus two thirty minute guitar lessons from Corey Harris, taken at your convenience.

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    A signed copy of the book, Jahtigui

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