Martha Redbone returns to Kentucky for a sweet collision of cultures at the Norton Center for the Arts

Danville, Kentucky — Martha Redbone will be rolling her Roots Project into the Norton Center on September 28th, bringing her “tasty gumbo” of sound to Weisiger Theater. 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, and 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” (Larry Blumenthal-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 – “a brilliant collision of cultures” (The New Yorker) features Martha’s magnificent voice, Blake’s immortal words and a masterful cornucopia of roots music (folk, country, Piedmont blues, gospel, bluegrass, soul and traditional Southeastern Native American).

In a recent interview Martha touched on her relationship with her Kentucky roots, remarking, “I was raised in Harlan County, and went to elementary school in Lynch where I lived with my grandparents, my grandfather was a coal miner, those hills are in my blood. I’ve always come back to visit, but coming back and performing our music live is a real treat for me. I’m thankful to have had  the opportunity to play with our music brother Ben Sollee over this past year, we have enjoyed his music and generosity in sharing the stage and audiences with us. And to have my family in Louisville and those that drive across the mountain to spend time together has been the greatest gift of all, any excuse to come back to see everyone is always a treat for me and what better way to celebrate than honoring the music of our home? I’m truly thankful for such wonderful blessings this music project has given.

Alongside her career as a recording songwriter, Martha Redbone has maintained a steady involvement with causes close to her roots. The Redbone/Whitby team’s newest work is Bone Hill – The Concert, “a devised, interdisciplinary musical theater work that brings to light an important piece of American history that has never been told as inspired by the lives of Redbone’s own family.” Additionally, Redbone teaches the Southeastern Traditional Singing Workshop for the United Houma Nation’s Bayou Healers Cultural Enrichment Camp program and guest lectures at a variety of institutions across the nation on subjects ranging from indigenous rights, the role of the arts in politics, and Native American identity. This heart and soul is what makes Martha Redbone such a crowd favorite. As Martha said herself, “We are very excited for this show!

Martha Redbone Roots Project will be in concert at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts on Friday, September 28 at 8:00 PM in Weisiger Theatre. Tickets, $29, are available at or by calling the box office at 1-877-HIT-SHOW. 


Please join us for a more casual Artist Gathering for the performance, information for which will be added to the artists’ performance page once official times and locations have been determined.  Bring your own instrument and jam with the band!  This event is free and open to the public, no matter the skill level; come to participate or observe.  RSVP to

Weisiger Theatre performances are sponsored by Stuart Powell.

About Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts
The Norton Center is home to an annual performing arts season of professional touring presentations. It is also the primary venue on campus for music and theatrical productions, lectures, other convocations and live student entertainment. The Norton Center has two venues: the 1,470-seat Newlin Hall, known for its acoustics, and the warm and intimate 367-seat Weisiger Theatre. The Norton Center also boasts a large art collection with many of the works on display in the Grand Foyer and throughout campus.
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