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Some pictures from the summer:
|With Allen Toussaint at Joe's Pub||With Don Flemons at Lincoln Center Out of Doors|
|Hopkinsville, KY||With Alan 'AB' Burroughs and Charlie Burhnam in Kentucky|
Singing with my dear sister Lisa Fischer at her BAM RnB Festival show in Downtown Brooklyn
(The Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover, NH)
Spent an amazing few days at Dartmouth College, performing, talking in a range of classes, spending time with the students, faculty and the community and meeting many wonderful people.
Mother's Day Benefit at City Winery, NYC with Tracey Bonham, Joan Osborne and Allison Moorer.
What do Vampire Weekend, Lady Gaga, Eminem and me all have in common? We're all on Robert Christgau's Barnes and Noble list of the Best Albums of 2013!! See the whole thing here.
I'm deeply honored to be the recipient of a NEW YORK VOICES NEA grant from Joe's Pub to write an extended piece we hope to premiere this November. You can read Shanta Thake talk about this amazing program with Pollstar here. Other recipients include Allen Toussaint, Angelique Kidjo and Abigail Washburn.
Photographer MICHAEL WEINTRAUB has an amazing exhibition called INSTRUMENTHEAD touring the world. I'm honored to be the subject one of his photographs.
I spent an inspiring day at TedXManhattan for their "Changing the Way We Eat" day learning about food and the politics of the service industry. I've always liked Tom Colicchio on the food shows but it turns out he's not just a chef but a passionate advocate for justice.I was singing with Jen Chapin and the Rosetta Trio.
- 21st March: along with Angela Hunte and other songwriters I met with US Congressman Hakeem Jeffries at SESAC to discuss strategies to GET MUSICIAN’S PAID in the wild wild west that is the digital age. Mr Jeffires represents my district and I voted for him. Thank you for taking our voices to DC Mr Jeffries.
- I’m honored to be singing at THE UNITED NATIONS on April 3rd at the UU-UNO Conference in conjunction with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
- On April 23rd I’ll be giving a talk on the interactions between Native and African American music at a conference on American music at the University of Massachusetts. It’s a great school and we’ve performed here a few times. Thanks to Cherrie Welburn and Jonathan Hill.
- I had a blast singing a song with the one and only Nona Hendryx at her Women’s Day Concert at Joe’s Pub on March 8th. Nona is an inspiration for us all. And her songs are just great.
I will also be a member of the New York State Presenters Network touring roster in 2014-15. This great program will allow us to travel to all parts of our large and beautiful home state over the next two years. Info here.
BIG THANKS to all who came out to the Apollo Theater on a wet Friday and helped us have a wonderful show. There's a great review on POPMATTERS here. We were sold out and also had a nice mention in the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS!SPECIAL THANKS TO GUEST CARL HANCOCK RUX. Read Carl's memoriam of Amiri Baraka in the LA TIMES here.
Apollo Theater Music Cafe Jan 2014 by Craig Bailey Perspective Photos
We're delighted to have a track on the first Globalfest Selector compilation following our performance there in 2013. It's available on iTunes or Amazon! Our song is "My Warfare Will Soon Be Over" a traditional spiritual. Check it out and BUY the album HERE.
Thanks to Mr Robert Christgau for his review on msn.com. I'm humbled.
"Between Redbone's lucid, subtle force and the modernized Appalachian settings she fits to the poet's stanzas, she's created a new body of folk song by a lyricist who compares favorably to, well, Bob Dylan." Robert Christgau, msn.com
|photo collage by Felicite Robichaux|
We had a picture in the Times Picayune and some lovely reviews.
"A wonderful gem of an artist who performed a superb set of original tunes" EurWeb
"All about the voice and the humanity that accompanies it." MySpiltMilk
|with Jazz Fest founder Quint Davis
||Backstage at the Fais Do Do Stage|
|Houma Nation Summer Camp rockers!|
We had a great time at the Eighth Step in Schenectady playing a special show with "The Garden of Love" producer, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist John McEuen. Here's a lovely review in The Daily Gazette,"Redbone — a stunningly soulful singer — managed to create a remarkably coherent and powerful unbroken circle, grafting her African-American /Choctaw background onto Blake’s poems."
Photos byMary KozlowskI
We also performed a few songs with John on Jimmy Buff's show on Woodstock WDST Radio.
Brand new reviews:
"Any appreciator of good Appalachian blues needs to run out and buy a copy" Examiner
"Redbone’s expressive, stunning voice simply soars, full of conviction and purpose" Daily Freeman
"With this wondrous piece of work she (Martha Redbone) is set to become permanently carved into the fabric of Americana" Flyinshoes.ning.com
globalFEST 10 @Webster Hall 1/13/31
Photo credit: Ebru Yildiz for NPR
It was a ball playing at the Ball! Washington was buzzing with energy and we were very lucky to watch the second inauguration of President Obama steps from the Capitol at the National Museum of the American Indian, nearest of the Smithsonian Institute's to Congress and the site for the NATIVE NATIONS BALL that night.
|At the NMAI with LaDonna Harris, Comanche social activist|
While in DC we recorded two live radio shows at SIRIUS/XM's gorgeous studios. Many thanks to Bob Edwards and Mary Sue Twohy for hosting us and to all for their gracious hospitality. We'll post links when the shows air.
(The Roots Project trio with Aaron Whitby, piano and Alan Burroughs, guitar and vocals)
Thank you so much to ROBERT SIEGEL and everyone at NPR's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED for having me on to talk about "The Garden of Love -Songs of William Blake" Hear the interview here
HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL WHO'VE BOUGHT THE ALBUM, BECAUSE OF YOU WE MADE IT TO #24 ON THE BILLBOARD MAGAZINE HEATSEEKERS ALBUM CHARTS and as high as #3 on the AMAZON FOLK CHARTS!
"In a brilliant collision of cultures, the powerful blues and soul singer Martha Redbone has recorded an album called “The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake,” which was produced by John McEuen, of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In it, the mystical, humanistic words of the eighteenth-century English poet are fused with the melodies, drones, and rhythms of the Appalachian string-band music that Redbone absorbed as a child from her grandparents, in Black Mountain, Kentucky.” THE NEW YORKER
"(Martha Redbone's) voice held both the taut determination of mountain music and the bite of American Indian singing." JOHN PARELES, NEW YORK TIMES
"Martha Redbone's music chronicles the crossroads of the American experience. Born in Kentucky and of Cherokee, Choctaw and African-American descent, Redbone combines folk, Appalachian, soul and Native tradition in a group if settings of poetry by William Blake - a startling idea, perhaps, but on that brims with potency and freshness." ANASTASIA TSIOULCAS, NPR
"An organic, gorgeous feast for ears and mind" DUSTY WRIGHT, HUFFINGTON POST
"A truly hypnotic and eloquent roots Americana exploration. The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake beautifully and unexpectedly matches two powerful voices; two centuries, continents, and cultures apart. The mastermind is Martha Redbone, an Independent Music Award winner renowned for blending Native American vibes from her Cherokee and Choctaw background with R&B grooves, blues and dashes of Appalachian folk." JONATHAN WIDRAN, ALL MUSIC
"..one of those meeting of minds and culture that comes along once in a while that literally takes your breath away." RICHARD MARCUS, BLOGCRITICS
"Visionary'..definitely one of the best folkroots albums of 2012." PIETER WIJNSTEKERS, POPMAGAZINE HEAVEN (THE NETHERLANDS)
“The manner in which Martha Redbone has stamped her own personality all over Blake’s work is both masterful and courageous and should really make her name synonymous with the old cockney proponent of the American revolution for as long as people make music and read poetry.” TIM MERRICKS, AMERICANA UK
"Apart from the fact that this is a remarkable recording in terms of Redbone’s liquid vocals and the harmonious blend of McEuen’s instruments (banjo, guitar, dubro, fiddle, mandolin, autoharp, dulcimer),the combining of music with William Blake’s “songs” is an amazing achievement. It is as though this 18th century poet’s work has been quietly waiting for Martha Redbone. After all, Blake always called his poems “songs,” suggesting that they were meant to be sung. Here they are then! After over two centuries, finally, exquisitely complete." GARY CARDEN, SMOKY MOUNTAIN NEWS
"Martha Redbone's new collection The Garden Of Love sings of the earth, skies of blue & grey, hard birth & easy death. It sings a poem of prophecy whispered by the oldest tree in the farthest corner of the valley. It sings of leaving & returning & of the equanimity of Angels. Martha's voice itself is the very sound of the dreams of hills and rivers- Homebound & Restless; interpreting the hauntingly lovely words of William Blake with the power of a storm & the gentleness of a breeze."
VERNON REID-Living Color, Spectrum Road
"Martha invites us on her powerful new odyssey where poetry, folk and soul meet naturally. Here in The Garden of Love-Songs of William Blake she bares her soul...wide open, simple and vulnerable; it's everything she truly is." MINO CINELU - Legendary Jazz Percussionist & Multi-Instrumentalist, Miles Davis, Sting, Weather Report
"Martha Redbone's journey back to the source of American music — and to her own heritage — has conjured up an artistic triumph. The Garden Of Love poignantly reveals a musician at the top of her game, vocally, intellectually, and spiritually. One not only hears the voice of the Bard, in this case William Blake's legendary prose arranged and phrased brilliantly, but also the very origins of American music arising from the blend of American Indian, African American, and English folk music traditions. It's the dawn of a new day for this fascinating artist, and we're all the beneficiaries of her confident, and yet sensitive, quest.
from a review by TIM JOHNSON, DIRECTOR of the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE: NATIONAL MUSEUM of the AMERICAN INDIAN
FESTIVAL D'ILE DE FRANCE – was a wonderful experience. The setting was one of the most magnificent I've performed in, our hosts lovely, the crowds rocking, and all the bands representing New York with joy and love. Thanks so much to GlobalFest for their gentle leadership.
Here are some snaps from the soundcheck by bass player George Rush.
and we were on the cover of TELERAMA! Thanks to photographer Pascal Perich!
Here's a video of the festival site.
It was MEMORABLE! - The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra's Tribute to GIL SCOTT-HERON "PARDON OUR ANALYSIS"
A BIG THANK YOU to the Smithsonian Institute; National Museum of the American Indian for having the big band perform to celebrate the opening of the “UP WHERE WE BELONG' exhibit. We still haven’t come down.