Following his sold-out engagement during the Kennedy Center's 2006 Country celebration, Allan Harris, "one of the best male jazz vocalists" (The New York Times), returns with the second installment from his Cross That River trilogy project, Cry of the Thunderbird. This theatrical concert, set in the 1850s, chronicles the life-transforming journey of Blue, an escaped slave from Louisiana who makes his way to Texas, where he becomes a black cowboy. With his Cross That River Band, Allan Harris as the narrator, guitarist, and primary singer depicts Blue's cattle drive days and his chance encounters with renegade Plains Indians, Buffalo Soldiers, Dancing Annie, Diamond Jimmy, ex-Confederates, and other characters of color. The music combines jazz, gospel, blues, country, bluegrass, folk, and Native American strains.
Watch and Listen
Listen to Allan Harris perform “Blue Was Angry”
Listen to Allan Harris perform “Cross That River”
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