Jake Blount - Spider Tales [CD]
CAT NO: DIRTCD0097
RELEASED: January 2021
For as long as it's existed, the American roots music industry has co-opted Black music into a package to be marketed and resold, defanging or erasing perspectives deemed too threatening along the way. Banjo player and fiddler Jake Blount resurrects these deep musical strains on Spider Tales, his debut record on Free Dirt Records. Named for Anansi - the great trickster of Akan mythology - Spider Tales features fourteen carefully chosen tracks drawn from Blount's extensive research of Black and Indigenous mountain music. The result is an unprecedented testament to the voices paradoxically obscured yet profoundly ingrained into the Appalachian tradition.
‘Spider Tales’ made Best of the Year lists from The Guardian, FRUK, Songlines, Americana UK, No Depression, The New Yorker, Bandcamp and NPR.
TRACKS: Goodbye, Honey, You Call That Gone / Roustabout / Where Did You Sleep Last Night / Old-Timey Grey Eagle / Move, Daniel / Blackbird Says To The Crow / Brown Skin Baby / English Chicken / Rocky Road To Dublin / The Angels Done Bowed Down / Beyond This Wall / Boll Weevil / Done Gone / Mad Mama's Blues