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 re-imagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American acappella 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, Eli West, Greg Garrison, and more.
Lomax Project Documentary
Goodbye, Old Paint
Susan Anna Gal
Before This Time Another Year
An essential album.
- FOLK ROOTS
A truly inventive spin on some very old tunes.
- GEORGIA STRAIGHT
One of the best discoveries of Celtic Connections. A transatlantic session with blood, guts and grit.
- The Herald
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
What results is a marvelous expression of Stone's collaboratory distillation of the folk process.
- BOSTON GLOBE
One of the most compelling and rich roots music recordings of recent years.
- PEGHEAD NATION
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 warmth and spontaneity wins you over.
- LIVING TRADITION