Jake Blount

Spider Tales

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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.

Goodbye, Honey, You Call That Gone
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