FRIDAY

The urbanization of the blues ended the great days of “that down-home stuff” but thank God we now have Corey Harris to show us what rural blues might be like today if it had survived to outgrow its “country-corn” image. In Harris’ hands classics like Mississippi John Hurt’s version of “Frankie and Johnnie” and Blind Willie Johnson’s “God Don’t Ever Change” (Both on Harris’ most recent releaseÆMD-SUØ Fish Ain’t Bitin’) seem modern, at home with Harris’s own unashamedly smart compositions. And both Harris’ playing and his arrangements are full of surprises—tasteful hints of reggae and (primarily New Orleans) jazz make you forget that Harris is playing music that has essentially lain dormant for 60 years. He is without doubt the best new player of the blues in a long, long time. Harris performs with Catfish Hodge at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. $14. (703) 938-2404. (Jandos Rothstein)