Martha Redbone comes home to Norton Center for the Arts for a fusion of cultures

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By Norton Center for the Arts

Martha Redbone comes home to Norton Center for the Arts for a fusion of cultures

Martha Redbone will be planting her Roots Project into the Norton Center Sept. 28, bringing her “tasty gumbo” of sound to the Norton Center for the Arts.

Redbone is a multi-award winning musician and one of today’s most vital voices in American Roots music. Her music embodies the folk and mountain blues sounds of her childhood in the Appalachian hills of Kentucky, mixed with the eclectic grit of her teenage years in pre-gentrified Brooklyn.

With her gospel-singing father’s voice and the spirit of her Cherokee/Choctaw mother’s culture, Redbone broadens the boundaries of Americana. The Huffington Post praises her incomparable sound, claiming her music to be, “an organic, gorgeous feast for ears and minds.”

“Martha Redbone and her music are the epitome of Kentucky roots music,” said Norton Center executive director, Steve Hoffman. “Her songs conjure up traditional blues, fresh indie-folk and Appalachian bluegrass in a masterful live experience with an intelligent Americana vibe.”

From humble beginnings with residencies at the original Living Room on the Lower East side and at Joe’s Pub to nationally at powwows across Indian Country, Redbone has built a passionate fan base with her mesmerizing presence and explosive live shows. Redbone and collaborative pianist, Aaron Whitby are called “the little engine that could” by their “band of NYC’s finest blues and jazz musicians” according to Larry Blumenthal of The Wall Street Journal.

Her latest CD, The Garden of Love-Songs of William Blake, produced by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder and Grammy winner John McEuen, is an unexpected twist of cultures, featuring Martha’s magnificent voice, Blake’s immortal words, and a masterful cornucopia of roots music that includes folk, country, Piedmont blues, gospel, bluegrass, soul and traditional Southeastern Native American.

The Martha Redbone Roots Project will be in concert in Weisiger Theatre at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29 each and available at www.NortonCenter.com or by calling the box office at 1-877-HIT-SHOW.

Photo by Fabrice Trombert courtesy of Martha Redbone

Martha Redbone will be performing her culturally rich Roots Project at the Norton Center Sept. 28.