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Kim and Reggie Harris - Get On Board!

Get On Board!
Underground Railroad &
Civil Rights Freedom Songs, Vol.2

Kim and Reggie Harris

Appleseed Recordings APR CD 1098

Available from Appleseed Recordings.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

Have you ever given any thought to how much darkness there is in world history that never fails to be illuminated by music: The lone voice, the solitary drum, the masses gathering, by the light of day or the dark of night, to sing as one.

As gloriously revealed here and on their first volume, 1997's widely acclaimed Steal Away: Songs of the Underground Railroad, Kim and Reggie have spent a great deal of their musical life's work researching the deeper timelessness of this music born of pain and sung for liberation.

With a wide range of guests to help realize their vision—actor Danny Glover narrates letters from Frederick Douglass over Rev Robert B. Jones deep gospel Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning; Bernice Johnson Reagan, she of Sweet Honey In The Rock and the duo blend no less than 12 voices in the stunning church call O, Mary Don"t You Weep while longtime friends and collaborators Magpie (Greg Artzner & Terry Leonino) lend their considerable vocal and musical talents throughout.

All of these evocative spirituals and freedom songs will make you stop, listen, and wonder if we have, so many years and generations down the line, really advanced the cause of civil and human rights for all. Highlights for this listener include Down By The Riverside, Old Tar River (with Matt and Marshall Jones from the SNCC Freedom Singers) and Rise Up Sheperd and Follow/Go Tell It On The Mountain.

Track List:

  • Done Wit" Driver"s Dribbin"
  • Get On Board
  • Oh Mary, Don"t You Weep
  • Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
  • Run Mary Run
  • Children Go Where I Send Thee
  • Old Tar River
  • Ballad of the Underground Railroad
  • Trampin"/I Got Shoes
  • Rise Up Shepherd and Follow/Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • One Little Step Towards Freedom
  • Down By the Riverside
  • Row de Boat
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Produced by Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, and Reggie Harris.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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