This stereotype-defying virtual program celebrates the diverse sounds of Native America and introduces its greatest artists.
Craig Harris is a master percussionist, educator, historian, storyteller, photographer, host of a Friday night radio show (bluegrasscountry.org) and the author of Crossing Borders: My Journey in Music (written with Max Baca of the Grammy-winning Los Texmaniacs) (May 2020). He is also the author of Bluegrass, Newgrass, Old-time and Americana Music (2018), The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music (2014/2017), Heartbeat, Warble and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music (2016), and The New Folk Music (1993). Harris’ reviews, articles, and photographs have appeared in countless newspapers, magazines, and websites. Having played percussion for C.J. Chenier, Greg Brown, Jonathan Edwards, Rod MacDonald, Melanie, Merl Saunders, Rick Danko, and Los Texmaniacs, he is a member of Two Days Jeans and the Gaea Star Band (with whom he’s co-hosted the syndicated Gaea Crystal Radio Hour since 2014). After teaching music in public/charter schools for more than a quarter of a century, Harris launched Drum Away the Blues in 2009. Since then, he’s also presented programs on Indigenous music, America’s musical roots, Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, and rock and roll.