Harris James' sound is a kaleidoscope of deep grooves, atmospheric instrumental passages, harmonies, and poetic flashes in a musical terrain that ranges from acoustic old-time to amped up Hill Country to electrified trance blues-rock.
Between them, they make heavily blues-infused music which is edgy, haunting, cinematic, compelling, soulful, and deeply rooted. Whether you’re a radio personality, a talent buyer, a promoter, or “just” a fan of thoughtful, exploratory and evocative music with a memorable
presentation, this is an alliance not to be missed.
- Richard Shurman, Blues producer and historian
The music of Harris James is refreshingly new, yet feels very familiar. Anne Harris and Markus James have created one of the most hauntingly beautiful recordings in recent memory. This is truly music to be savored.
- Jesse Finkelstein, Managing Director, Blues Radio International
An awesome collaboration. The audience was captivated.
- AJ Gross, festival producer Big Blues Bender and Jamboree
- Sue Whittingham, Snowmass Concert Series
Singer-songwriter Markus James recorded 5 critically-acclaimed albums of original Blues-based music with traditional musicians in Mali, West Africa.
'Nightbird' is one of the deepest listening experiences that will hit the US market this year. – Billboard
The award-winning documentary film about this collaboration, Timbuktoubab, was seen on many PBS and satellite stations around the US. Markus’ latest album, Head For The Hills, recorded in North Mississippi’s hill country featuring drummers Calvin Jackson and Kinney Kimbrough, received rave reviews and led to performances on Elwood’s House of Blues Radio Hour, Montreal International Jazz Festival and Telluride Blues Festival, among others.
'Head For The Hills' is undoubtedly one of the finest releases of recent years, both within the genre and beyond. – Blues Matters (UK)
The instrumental track, On A Mississippi Porch, appears in the recent Oprah Winfrey film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Chicago-based singer-songwriter and fiddle player Anne Harris has been crafting her unique sound over countless performances in the US and abroad. Her collaborations, live and in-studio, span a large and diverse group of artists, including Living Colour, Anders Osborne, Doyle Bramhall II, Amy Helm, Vieux Farke Toure, Guy Davis, Jefferson Starship and a long time collaboration with multi-Blues Music Award winner, Otis Taylor. Her uniquely expressive performance style has made her an audience favorite, as a side person or as an artist in her own right, at numerous festivals including Telluride Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Fest, The GRAMMY Festival at Sea, Summerfest, and North Sea Jazz (Netherlands) to name a few.
Once you have witnessed Anne Harris play the violin, you aren’t likely to forget the experience any time soon… She inhabits the music, or maybe the music inhabits her, but it is impossible not to be drawn under her spell. - BluesWax
Blending and folding in a variety of musical influences from Celtic to Americana to Funk, she embodies a musical genre-morphing Blues sound that is all her own. Anne is an internationally recognized instrumental talent that has captivated audiences around the globe. Her command of the stage is punctuated with a free reeling and coiling whirlwind of sound and visual excitement. Her gypsy-like stage presence is truly unforgettable and revolutionary... - Cleve Baker
Anne Harris is a beautifully soulful, melodically kinetic force of nature. If you ever question the healing power of music, just listen to Anne Harris.
- Jesse Finkelstein, Blues Radio International