Martha Redbone, part Cherokee, Choctaw, and African-American, born in NYC, raised in Brooklyn and Appalachia will be performing songs from her beloved new album “The Garden of Love – Songs of William Blake” at Voices Cafe, January 12. Experience Martha’s warm, woodsy melodies take flight through the fusion of largely prewar string-band instrumentation and her heart-worn mountain holler. She tells William Blake’s tales of eternal humanitarian values through music distilled in the Southland since before America was founded.
TIM JOHNSON, Associate Director for Museum Programs, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian described Martha’s music, “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.”
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