Martha Redbone Roots Project
Friday, October 18, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.
Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall
Martha Redbone is one of our time's leading Native American voices, beloved by music connoisseurs and recognized by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, who have collected and presented her work.
Redbone's music flows equally from her father's North Carolina gospel legacy, proudly on display in her unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with soul and funk on her previous recordings, and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues favored by the matriarchy that raised her on a rich sojourn from Clinch Mountain, Virginia, to Harlan County, Kentucky, and beyond to Brooklyn's Dodge City-esque mean streets.
"Mixing honky tonk, bluegrass, gospel, and ballad,
this is truly American music at its best..."
EDGE New York City
Indeed, her most recent album, The Garden Of Love: Songs of William Blake, seamlessly evokes the mid-20th-century old-timey gold rush, when her fellow Kentuckians Jim Ford and Jackie DeShannon fearlessly infused their downhome blues between canyon air ballets and retronuevo cabinessence—before their followers developed newgrass and Redbone's twangy forebears Buffy Sainte-Marie and Rita Coolidge brought Indigenous concerns to the rock-'n'-roll arena in the 1970s.
Redbone takes the immortal words of poet William Blake, the great Romantic visionary from 18th-century England, and sets them in the Appalachian Mountains, bringing her uniquely soulful voice to hollered melodies, lullabies, ancient chants, and inspired hymns. The result, produced by Grammy Award–winning Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen and David Hoffner, is a wondrous folk, country, gospel, and blues reading in which the songs feel like timeless mountain classics with lyrics that are startlingly fresh and strikingly relevant.
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