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Kim and Reggie Harris

resurrection day
Kim and Reggie Harris
Resurrection Day



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1.Do What You Have to Do itunesbuy
2. Never Go Back itunesbuy
3. Resurrection Day itunesbuy
4. Here and Now With You itunesbuy
5. Butterfly itunesbuy
6. It's All About Love itunesbuy
7. Straighten 'Em itunesbuy
8. Hallelujah I'm a Bum itunesbuy
9. Traffic itunesbuy
10. Look 'Em in the Eye itunesbuy
11. When Mom Left Us Here itunesbuy
12. Tree of Life itunesbuy
13. Roll On Woody itunesbuy



A reaffirmation of life and activism after near-fatal medical struggle!

No one who has seen the married duo of Kim and Reggie Harris in their hundreds of yearly folk-oriented performances, heard their spirited, purposeful CDs (the most recent six on Appleseed), or learned about the Underground Railroad and Black History through their special concerts and teacher training seminars would believe the upbeat couple was simultaneously battling Reggie’s ever-worsening, life-threatening autoimmune disease, which required a new liver. After 13 years, he was running out of time by 2008.

The Harrises’ new Resurrection Day joyfully answers the question, “What happened next?” The CD not only continues the duo’s commitment to recording uplifting songs of optimism, activism, and social justice, but it also presents eight new Reggie originals bursting with reinvigorated purpose. Written in the aftermath of his transplant and ongoing recovery, Reggie found his songs had “deepened in theme, subject matter, and in musical tone . . . they’re more direct but more personal.”

Reggie’s post-surgery songs can be as calm as a gentle awakening (“A new day is here…You’ve got a new race to run” he sings on the title track), as gutsy as the determined don’t-back-down encouragement of “Look ‘Em in the Eye,” and as empowering as “Butterfly” (“A butterfly flaps its wings/Something changes all over the world”). The latter song was co-written by the CD’s award-winning producer, primary instrumentalist and solo artist Ken Whiteley, whose son Ben handles most of the bass-playing duties. Kim and Reggie share and swap their trademark lead vocals and harmonies throughout the CD, and familiar contributing musicians include guitarist John Platania (ex-Van Morrison) and the Magpie vocal duo.

Joining the Harris originals are cover songs that share the CD’s theme of savoring and maximizing every moment. “Do What You Have to Do” is the album-opening declaration of purpose by one of their musical inspirations, the late Phil Ochs. Rachel Bissex, also deceased, was the source of “Never Go Back,” a vocal showcase for Kim that laments lost personal and political freedoms but glories in new possibilities. Kim also sings lead on the spiritual “Straighten ’Em.” The Depression-era classic “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum” is revived with a delightful Cajun flavor.

During the dozen-plus years of Reggie’s illness, the Harrises continued their coast-to-coast touring and educational programs, with Kim performing solo occasionally during Reggie’s recovery while working on her Ph.D from Union Theological Seminary. Within months of Reggie’s liver transplant, the duo were back on stage performing together, and they have resumed their busy touring schedule.




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other releases:

steal away
Steal Away: Songs of the Underground Railroad
Get On Board: Underground Railroad & Freedom Songs Vol 2
different kind of love song
sail on
Rock of Ages

live in edinburgh
Guide My Feet

parallel lines
Let My People Go!
also appears on:

where have all the flowers gone

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol 1

The Songs of Pete Seeger Vol 2
If I Had a Song
The Songs of Pete Seeger Vol 3

sowing the seeds

Sowing the Seeds - The 10th Anniversary