Martha Redbone is performing in Bethel on Tuesday Oct. 6th, as part of a three week Alaskan tour. (Photo courtesy of media.nola.com)
Martha Redbone is a musician and singer known for incorporating soul with Native American undertones. Since bursting onto the scene at the 2002 Native American Music Awards, she has earned a solid reputation as a sought-after collaborator, performer, educator, and mentor across Native North America and abroad. In early 2007, Redbone’s album Skintalk won the 6th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best R&B Album.
Her 2012 effort, The Garden of Love – Songs of William Blake, sets Blake‘s poetry to music that draws from rural Appalachia influences like English folk, African American, and Native American traditions.
Redbone 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.”
In a conversation with KYUK’s Rybo Shore, Redbone discusses her band, the Roots Project, the incorporation of Blake’s poetry into her upcoming presentations at local elementary schools, and her recent travels across Alaska.
Redbone will be performing on Tuesday night at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel. Doors open at 6:30pm, and Alaskan performing artist Emma Hill will open the concert at 7pm with Redone’s performance to follow. Tickets are available in advance at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, and can also be purchased at the door for $18-$23.