TENDER MERCIES: Songs and Stories From Our American Roots: Martha Redbone Roots Project
Saturday, July 23, 2016
By combining Native American influence with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues, Martha Redbone’s music evokes a world of emotion in its audience. Since bursting into the music scene in 2002, Redbone has earned a reputation as a performer, collaborator, educator, and mentor on a global scale. Her warm melodies transcend time as she tells stories of the Southland since before America was founded.
Inspired by the Oscar-winning film Tender Mercies, written by the great American storyteller Horton Foote and starring Robert Duvall & Ellen Barkin, the festival will feature artists who celebrate colorful American stories and songs about people on the margins, often seeking a second chance. Echoing the musical interests of the younger generation in The Sheen Center's neighborhood, the festival also fits this year's mission to explore mercy and forgiveness as part of Pope Francis' "Year of Mercy," alongside other programming such as the sold-out engagement of David Mamet's The Anarchist and the current gallery exhibit Die Jim Crow featuring art from prison inmates.