In 2000, Harris and Butler collaborated for Vu-Du Menz, a wonderful set of blues guitar/piano duets that bring to mind the classic sounds of 20's and 30's blues. The pair also dove into soul, barrelhouse, ragtime and a couple of gospel tracks. There are so many good songs on this set, but my favorite has to be the lively, piano-driven "If You Let A Man Kick You Once." Written by Harris, this is a fun track that would have been a great fit during the 20's and 30's. His lyrics are entertaining and Butler really tears it up on piano. The line "From the time you're born, 'til you're ridin' in the hearse/ain't nothin' so bad that it couldn't get worse" is one that each of us can use just about every day of our lives......I know I have used it many times.
As stated above, Butler died in early July from colon cancer. He recorded a few albums after Vu-Du Menz, including a fantastic collection of solo live performances in 2008 that spanned a couple of decades called PiaNOLA Live. Harris has continued to record as well, though he's into African and Jamaican music as much as he is the blues. Whatever music he chooses to make is compelling music.