Modern-day blues legends converge in True Blues, a tribute to the genre captured in a newly-released CD and on tour. A trio of the True Blues stars will visit the North Atlantic Blues Festival — Corey Harris, Guy Davis and Alvin Youngblood Hart.

Composer, singer and guitarist Corey Harris is no stranger to Maine, having earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology at Bates College; his alma mater gave him an honorary doctorate in music in 2007, the same year he received a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. He began his career in the early 1990s, playing acoustic blues on the streets of New Orleans. Today, Harris is recognized as one of the most innovative blues players of his generation. With one foot firmly planted in the blues, he has consistently celebrated its connections to gospel, early jazz, reggae and West African music through collaborations with artists such as the late Malian guitar master Ali Farka Toure.

Guy Davis is part soulful troubadour, part showman and all blues. A singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player who is always ready to put everything he has into his performances, he has storytelling in his blood. Davis is considered an international Ambassador of the Blues due to his musical voyages to places such as Greenland, the Galapagos Islands, Indonesia, South America and all of Europe. With influences ranging from Skip James to Garrison Keillor, Davis breathes new life into old-time traditions.

Alvin Youngblood Hart recognized at a very early age that the circle of music is boundless and, over the subsequent four decades, he has built a legacy that transcends musical genres.  Although his first explorations were into the world of roots blues, Hart has cultivated a bold rock ‘n’ roll side to his music — something that shines through even when he plays an old Leadbelly standard. Always moving forward, always testing boundaries, he is an artist who, like the blues, refuses to be boxed in.

Also appearing on the “True Blues” CD are Taj Mahal, who headlined the fest in 2004; and perennial favorite Shemekia Copeland, who first performed in Rockland as a teen. The album is released by Telarc.