Reggie Harris: CD Release Gala- ON SOLID GROUND
“These songs were born out of this period of isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. They flowed like a stream…[they] reflect the vibrancy of everyday living for me in this extraordinary year.
I’ve been able, in this time, to share sparks of love and inspiration as well as show that we can still be joyful in the midst of all obstacles and challenges.
We need to be more than the sum of our fears.”
International touring artist REGGIE HARRIS, singer-songwriter-guitarist, introduces in concert his newest album On Solid Ground, following on the heels of his critically acclaimed CDs Ready to Go (2018) and Deeper Than the Skin (2019).
This timely new 13-track collection, inspired by the explosion of awareness and change that confronts America and the world, features nine new originals and four songs by others carefully chosen for their power and inspiration.
On Solid Ground offers a masterful chronicle of the Pandemic year: political upheaval, love, and isolation, bringing us to question who we are as individual Americans, and re-focusing us most of all on who we wish to become as a nation.
The original music, choices of borrowed songs and his finely crafted lyrical messages are filtered through the experience of a respected and beloved artist: an African American man who has faced everyday bias throughout his life; the descendent of a 19th Century Southern plantation owner and his slave; a Black man who successfully forged a relationship with White cousins, descendants of that same slaveowner.
Reggie Harris surely names the evils bedeviling us, then like the Pied Piper musically inspires us to make the myth of American Exceptionalism a future reality.
An ensemble of musical masters joins Harris onstage: Greg Greenway, keyboard; Pat Wictor, guitar; Brian Melick, drums; Mark Murphy, bass.
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UPDATE: Reggie broke his wrist in march, and this CD Release is rescheduled from April 10; check back soon for tix.