James Samuel “Cornbread” Harris Sr. is
a Twin Cities legend. His earliest influences were in
country music, citing Hank Williams Sr. and Gene Autry
among his favorites. Cornbread began learning piano at
the age of 13, but he quickly grew tired of having his hands slapped with rulers by "the nuns" and he quit.
He hit the piano once again in his early twenties, but this time around it was all about the Blues and he just kept on playing.
in his eighties, Cornbread is more active than ever in the local music scene. He plays several regular weekly and monthly gigs, and now incorporates jazz into his vast repertoire. He can be seen solo, backed up or playing with Cadillac Kolstad
or other musicians.
Don’t let his age fool you, Cornbread is full
of life and is always hopeful about the future.