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Atlanta Songwriter, Poet Kodac Harrison Celebrates 70th Birthday

Kodac Harrison with Lois Reitzes.  Harrison is throwing himself a show at Smith's Olde Bar on Saturday April 27 along with some of his favorite musicians and poets.
Kodac Harrison with Lois Reitzes. Harrison is throwing himself a show at Smith's Olde Bar on Saturday April 27 along with some of his favorite musicians and poets.
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In Kodac Harrison’s baby book, under “favorite songs,” his mother wrote “He makes up his own.” Quite far from being a baby now, the Atlanta poet, songwriter and raconteur, Kodac Harrison is celebrating his 70th birthday and he is still making up his own songs.

He’s throwing himself a show at Smith’s Olde Bar on Saturday April 27 along with some of his favorite musicians and poets.

The show coincides with the release of a new album, “In Too Deep 2,” which collects some of Harrison’s favorite recordings from throughout his career, along with a mix of live performances, spoken word, and new material.

The concert will similarly be a career retrospective, opening with a solo performance before welcoming poets Rupert Fike and Theresa Davis onstage in a nod to Harrison’s lengthy tenure as not only poet but host of several poetry reading series, including Java Monkey Speaks. Finally, he will be joined by a full band featuring musicians he has worked with for years.

On celebrating this birthday, Harrison tells “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes that he has gotten less sensitive about his age in recent years.

“I had an A&R agent who just loved my music,” he says. “Then he found out that I was over 40 and he said ‘well you can’t be signed.’ So I was real insecure about age.”

“But at this point, I’m just proud to have made it this far and I’m not trying to keep it a secret anymore; I’m turning 70.”

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