Martha Redbone's Roots Project

Martha Redbone
Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 7:30pm

KFAI proudly sponsors soulful singer-songwriter Martha Redbone as she brings her roots project to the Cedar Cultural Center, Sunday, August 4, at 7:30 pm.

Her latest album, "The Garden of Love," is a collection of William Blake poems set to the music of Appalachia, produced by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen.

Warm, woodsy melodies take flight through the fusion of largely prewar string-band instrumentation and her heart-worn mountain holler, as Sister Martha tells tales of eternal humanitarian values distilled in the Southland since before America was founded.

Redbone’s music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues.

It may come as a surprise to some that Redbone, noted for purveying the wilder shores of rhythm & blues on prior releases "Home of the Brave" and "Skintalk," recorded her new album in the fabled center of country music, Nashville. Yet, proudly retracing the path of her uniquely American mixed heritage back to its earliest source, she is merely taking the inevitable next step of a maverick artist who has never been chained by borders. Americana is her natural homecoming, sonic and otherwise.

More information is available from the events page at The Cedar, or by calling The Cedar at 612-338-2674.