Kodac Harrison grew up slowly in Jackson, Ga. where he lived in the same house for the first 18 years of his life. Since then, Kodac has lived in New Orleans, Texas, California, New York City, and high upon a ridge in West Virginia. His home now is in Atlanta where he has fronted several bands and made 16 recordings of original songs and spoken word for 3 different record labels. Harrison, whose roots are in Blues and Southern Soul, calls his music "Beatnik Blues," the Europeans call it "Bohemian Blues", and Critics call it "Folk-Soul". As an acoustic guitarist, he uses a wide variety of tones. The songs he writes are as distinctive as his baritone voice. Kodac is influenced by many authors and songwriters, but occasionally he has to have a fix of Howling Wolf, Otis Redding or Sonny Rollins. Harrison performs solo, as a spoken word artist, and with a band that varies from 3 to 10 pieces. He has also worked as a teacher and a voice-over artist. As a musician he has been on the bill with Patti Smith, Marianne Faithful, John Mayer, NRBQ, Delbert McClinton, The Indigo Girls, Alejandro Escovado, Ellis Paul, Brendan O'Brien, Min Xiao-Fen etc. As a poet he has been billed with Maya Angelou, Patricia Smith, Pearl Cleage, Thomas Lux, Rosemary Daniell, Saul Williams, Cecilia Woloch, Kurtis Lamkin etc. Kodac's written songs for two movies; "Dead Aim," and "Mace," and appeared on film as a spoken word artist in the independently produced, "Prayers From The Phoenix City." Kodac was a member of the 2000 & 2001 Athens, Ga. Poetry Slam teams. Also in 2001, Kodac was commissioned to write the song he performed at the Andrew Young tribute. The tribute was hosted by Maya Angelou and Harry Belefonte and attended by 1500 guests including Ray Charles and President Clinton. Harrison was also honored to performed for former President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center in 2001. In 2002, Kodac was the master of ceremony at the Nader Rally where he introduced and sang with Patti Smith. Kodac was named "Best Spoken Word Artist" (critic's choice in 2002 and reader's choice in 2003, 2004, 2010 & 2011) in Atlanta's Creative Loafing. In the fall of 2004, he performed at the Prague International Jazz festival. In 2004 Kodac was named Chairman of the community board of "Poetry Atlanta". Kodac is the co-editor of four anthologies of poetry. He was honored for his contributions to poetry in 2005 at the Southern Poetry Conference and again at the 43rd annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards in 2007. In Sept. 2007, Kodac Harrison released his 11th studio recording of original music and spoken word, Dreams and Nightmares. In 2007 he embarked on his 7th tour of Europe. In 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011, Kodac was named "Best Local Poet" in Atlanta's Creative Loafing. In April 2009, Kodac released a live recording of songs and spoken word from his theatrical debut, Reach for the Moon, which was staged in March 2008 at 7 Stages. In 2010, Kodac held the McEver Chair in poetry at Ga. Tech. The responsibilities of this chair including readings, workshops and teaching classes at his Alma Mater. Since it's inception, Kodac and his Poetry Atlanta committee have hosted the local poets stage at the Decatur Book Festival. In 2010, Kodac ran a writer's workshop at the Festival. In 2012, Kodac released "In Too Deep (favorite recordings 1984 - 2004)" at 7 Stages. In addition to being a CD release, it included an art opening of Kodac's paintings, as well as a performance of music, spoken word, and dance. This was his 5th release of live recordings or other compilations to go with 11 recordings of original spoken word and song. Kodac Harrison celebrated 12 years of hosting the award winning Java Monkey Speaks in June 2013. To hear or purchase his music and spoken word go to http//www.cdbaby.com/kodac harrison. In August 2013, Kodac released his book of poems and lyrics entitled, The Turtle and the Moon.
Whether you pick up a CD or go see a show, you should experience the man's work. Harrison's detailed, evocative wordsmithing and gruff, emotive voice are among our city's finest treasures. Shane Harrison, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1/13/12
Imagine a Southern Tom Waits or a rural Leonard Cohen. That's as close
as we can come to a nut-shell description of the music of Kodac Harrison,
a genuinely gifted artist and one of the southeast's musical treasures.
Musician and spoken-word artist Kodac Harrison is internationally known for his vibrant character studies and clever word play. His seventh CD, Portraits and Passages, captures his at his best, spinning tales of travel both real and imagined.
You gotta hand it to Harrison; his refusal to heed contemporary trends
has lent him a certain authenticity that many lesser talents would kill
for. Drawing from the miscreant singer-songwriter tradition of early Tom
Waits and Warren Zevon, his cautionary urban tales ring true and rock hard.
Kodac Harrison-The Blue Plate Special man works poetry and spoken word
in with his folk-soul to produce music of rare intelligence and passion.
An unforgettable performer and a local hero of sorts, Harrison's husky voice
and presence can captivate even in the midst of the crowds.
Kodac Harrison introduced himself and started to play. Wow! Bluesy and
poetic, he puts on a show. He dances, he sings, and gets you lost in the
rhythm of his music. Every once in a while, in the midst of your toe tapping,
you might actually notice a lyric. Some of them just jump out at you and
scream. You hear spoken word and bluesy rhythms, then all of a sudden...BAM!
He rocks out and slaps you in the face.
Kodac Harrison's Songtexte sind Literatur, sind Gedichte. (Kodac Harrison's
lyrics are literature, are poetry.)
You can e-mail kodac at email@example.com or go to cdbaby.com/kodac harrison to hear or purchase his music.