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Kemp Harris

”Sometimes...I feel like I want to go back...Sometimes.”

This plaintive haunting lyric sets the tone and establishes the theme of singer songwriter Kemp Harris’ sophomore release, Edenton. This album is both a literal and figurative journey back to Harris’ roots in Edenton, North Carolina, the town where he was born.

For Harris, an African-American who left the small-town south for the Northeast decades ago, this is a trip home -- home as a musical foundation steeped in southern gospel and the simple truth of the blues, and as a place where we reflect on our place in the world. In the tradition of such intensely personal albums as Sam Cooke’s Night Beat, the album bears a soul of its own.

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Self Produced


Taj Mahal Taj Mahal
Donny Hathaway Donny Hathaway
Mississippi John Hurt Mississippi John Hurt
guitar, acoustic
Reverend Gary Davis
guitar, acoustic
Mississippi Sheiks Mississippi Sheiks
Vera Hall
Odetta Odetta
guitar, acoustic
Blind Willie Johnson Blind Willie Johnson
guitar, slide
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