Martha Redbone Roots Project with Soulful Independent Blues at EOH

“Two of the important developments in the first half decade of the 21st century are the greater influence of other cultures in the popular mix and the new generation of independent artists who possess the creativitiy and freedom to incorporate those sounds in unique, attractive ways. One of the leaders in this progression of popular music is Martha Redbone…” Chris Rizik,

Martha Redbone brings her rocking, soulful blues and charismatic vocals to the Earlville Opera House on Saturday, June 13th at 8 pm. Redbone has been a leader in a “new generation of independent artists who possess the creativity and freedom” to incorporate their heritage into the progression of popular music. Her rock and R&B influences integrate “a strong undercurrent of Redbone’s Native American heritage.” 1 Her latest project, Garden of Love, with verses penned by 18th century English poet William Blake set to haunting Appalachian string band melodies was the Vox Pop winner of the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Concept Album. The Martha Redbone Roots Project is generously sponsored by Seven Oaks Clubhouse Restaurant and media sponsor WAER FM 88.3.

Miss 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 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. The Martha Redbone Roots Project will be a quartet for this performance and includes Aaron Whitby, piano with Alan Burroughs, guitar and vocals, and Charlie Burnham, violin, harmonica.

“Martha Redbone’s music chronicles the crossroads of the American experience,” offers Anastasia Tsioulcas of NPR. “Born in Kentucky and of Cherokee, Choctaw and African-American descent, Redbone combines folk, Appalachian, soul and Native tradition in a group of settings of poetry by William Blake – a startling idea, perhaps, but one that brims with potency and freshness.”

Independent Music Award-winner Redbone makes both a departure and a return to roots with this project, trading the wilder electric blues she’s become known for the subtle power of this culture- and continent-crossing exploration. Join us for an evening with Miss Redbone and her band on Saturday, June 13th, at 8 pm. Admission is $20 for nonmembers, $18 for members, and students are discounted to $15. Premium pricing applies for the front-most four rows.

“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.” ALL MUSIC

The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit the three Earlville Galleries featuring Tina Dillman, Anne Cofer and Sheila Smith exhibits and our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists showcasing everything from jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance, serving freshly baked desserts and hot coffee and tea.

For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

Take A Listen:

You Tubes for Martha Redbone from Garden of Love

On Another’s Sorrow

The Garden of Love

How Sweet I Roamed

From more rocking days in 2007 Divine Cool 

Martha Redbone Roots Project is part of The New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature


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