Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboratory brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle, and reimagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners, and homemakers. Collaborators include Grammy-winning singer Tim O’Brien, Bruce Molsky, Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Brittany Haas, Julian Lage, and more.
Lomax Project Documentary
Goodbye, Old Paint
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Before This Time Another Year
A groundbreaking piece of work.
A transatlantic session with blood, guts and grit.
- The Herald
A truly inventive spin on some very old tunes.
- GEORGIA STRAIGHT
They’ve put a fresh contemporary sound on musical treasures found in Lomax's deep and rich archives.
An album of beautiful, intriguing, thoughtful music coming from a collaboration of outstanding musicians who apply their talents together. It's an album with a beginning, a middle, and an end... asking us, as listeners, to immerse ourselves in the idea of it all. It rewards that attention as much as it captures it, leading us to the music, rather than pushing us to it.
- SING OUT
An essential album.
- FOLK ROOTS
One of the most compelling and rich roots music recordings of recent years.
- PEGHEAD NATION
What results is a marvelous expression of Stone's collaboratory distillation of the folk process.
- BOSTON GLOBE
It places new wonders alongside old favorites, for a listening experience that's fresh and fun no matter how familiar you are with Lomax's collection.
- HUFFINGTON POST
This project is not about the collector—it's about the songs and the way Stone and his musical team take them to new, often harmonious, heights.
- CBC MUSIC
A testament to the endless inspiration the songs Lomax recorded are still able to conjure.
- UTNE READER
In every track you'll hear the utter joy that came from making this record, and that joy is infectious.
- PENGUIN EGGS
A musical evangelist, Stone loves using fresh approaches to get people hooked on wider musical traditions.
- EDMONTON JOURNAL
The Lomax Project is an album that warrants an actual listen. The album is a leap through time and an introduction to the life of a man worthy of being celebrated."
- POP MATTERS
The warmth and spontaneity wins you over.
- LIVING TRADITION
Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project celebrates the Lomax centenary with an album that both honours the singers from whom Lomax sourced this material, and stands as a hugely enjoyable album of outstanding new performances in its own right. The ‘man who recorded the world’ would, one feels, approve most heartily.