The “charismatic indie-soul diva” (Time Out New York) Martha Redbone is an Independent Music Award-winning musician of Cherokee, Choctaw, Shawnee and African-American descent. Since bursting onto the scene at the 2002 Native American Music Awards, she has established a solid history of performing, educating, and mentoring across Native North America and in some cases abroad.
Martha’s new album The Garden of Love – Songs of William Blake (2012), produced by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Founder and multiple Grammy Award Winner John McEuen — is an unexpected twist to the Appalachian music of Martha’s childhood years with her grandparents in Black Mountain, Kentucky. It is a “brilliant” (New Yorker) fusion of Martha’s magnificent voice, Blake’s immortal words and a cornucopia of roots music (folk, country, piedmont blues, gospel, honkytonk, bluegrass, soul and traditional Native). Redbone is a dynamic live performer thrilling audiences and critics alike, with rave reviews from All Music Guide to Sing Out! She is also building a national radio presence including features on NPR’s All Things Considered, WNYC’s Soundcheck and New Sounds and Sirius Satellite (Mary Sue Twohy’s and Bob Edwards’ shows).
Currently, she leads and tours with Martha Redbone Roots Project, a band ranging from trio to septet. Her shows include performances from the acclaimed new album as well as a unique gumbo of roots, blues, soul and funk. Martha’s become respected from concert halls such as City Winery (NYC and Chicago), to prominent Native American events like Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s Inaugural Ball in 2013.