Saturday with Martha Redbone and the the title cut from her album “The Garden of Love - Songs of William Blake” Love this adaptation, interpretation.
A fine, fine piece of work.
Martha Redbone is an American blues and soul singer of part Cherokee, Choctaw, European and African-American descent. She has won awards for her contemporary Native American music. Her music is a mix of rhythm and blues, and soul music influences, fused with elements of traditional Native American music
Martha Redbone was born in Kentucky and spent time with maternal grandparents in Harlan County. She had maternal roots in Clinch Mountain, Virginia and other parts of Appalachia. She absorbed music from many local traditions: African American, Cherokee, Choctaw, English folk music, and others. Her father had a strong gospel music tradition from North Carolina. She grew up learning and exploring her Native American roots among Cherokee and Choctaw, and directed her music to absorb those traditions.
Redbone became a musician and singer, exploring soul with Native American undertones. Since bursting onto the scene at the 2002 Native American Music Awards, she has humbly and steadfastly earned a solid reputation as a sought-after collaborator, performer, educator, and mentor across native North America and in some cases abroad. In early 2007, Redbone’s Skintalk won The 6th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best R&B Album.
Her 2012 work, The Garden of Love - Songs of William Blake, sets Blake’s poetry to music that draws from rural influences of Appalachia: English folk, African American, and Native American traditions. She toured nationally in 2013 with what she called The Martha Redbone Roots Project. The New York Times said her voice holds “both the taut determination of mountain music and the bite of American Indian singing.
With the summer coming on strong and today feeling like a scorcher, here in NY, I thought this to be the perfect music video for a day like today. The song is from my latest CD ‘Bohemian 959.’ Enjoy the sunshine!
No. Seriously. Fuck. This is the MOST AMAZING MUSIC I’ve heard since. Since fuck. I don’t know. The Martha Redbone Roots project sets the poems of William Blake to the music of Appalachia and you have NO IDEA how well it works. Holy christ in a side car backin out of a shithouse readin Mad Magazine!