Long Time Comin’ takes its name from Sam Cooke’s striking “Change Is Gonna Come” and refers to both the spirit and the content of this concert. Harmonizing in ways that evoke the meeting of old-school gospel and blue-eyed soul singers, Harris and Ainslie seamlessly weave together original songs, spirituals, songs of the Underground Railroad, Civil Rights anthems, work and slave songs, blues, and personal material as they lay out a collaborative history that carries the audience from the depths of slavery to the heights of freedom. Master storytellers, Ainslie and Harris have each spent years looking for the right story – the right historical or personal detail – and the right song to bring the audience closer to the remarkable history that we share.
Reggie Harris combines spirituals and roots music, historic inspiration, storytelling, and moving original songs in performances. Reggie has been affiliated with the John F Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program for over two decades, offering both performances and workshops for educators. His writing, research, fieldwork and recordings have amassed an amazing repertoire of African American music. Considered a master of America roots music, Scott Ainslie brings a wealth of personal and musical history to the stage. With expertise in Ragtime & Delta Blues and the banjo and fiddle traditions of the Southern Appalachians, Ainslie brings to life the African and American roots of music in an engaging mix of history, stories, and song.