Jake Blount, Mimi Naja
Sunday March 6, 2022 01:00 PM EST
CL Critic Doug DeLoach Recommends: As a teenager growing up in Virginia, Jake Blount played guitar in funk and metal bands before seeing the light, picking up the banjo and fiddle, and immersing himself in the music of black slaves and indigenous folk styles rooted in the Appalachian and Piedmont regions. Black and gay, Blount weaves themes of discrimination, inequity, retribution and loss into his interpretations of traditional songs and original compositions. Opening for Blount is singer, guitarist and mandolinist Mimi Naja, a former Atlantan who arrives at Eddie’s by way of Portland and, most recently Nashville. — DD
From the venue: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 out May 29th on Free Dirt Records.