Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby
Martha Redbone is a maverick artist who has never been chained by borders. Her award-winning music of Native and African American roots are knee-deep in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues favored by the matriarchy from Harlan County, Kentucky. Mentored by the late Walter “Junie” Morrison of Ohio Players/Parliament Funkadelic, Redbone has earned a solid reputation as a sought-after collaborator. Currently in development with long-time collaborator Aaron Whitby is Bone Hill, commissioned by Joe’s Pub/Public Theater, a devised, interdisciplinary work inspired by the lives of Redbone’s family in the hills of coal-mining Appalachia. Redbone is a 2016 Fellow of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
London-born Whitby, producer, composer/songwriter and pianist, also mentored by Walter “Junie” Morrison, is best known for the multiple award-winning albums written and produced with Redbone. Whitby engineered Natalie Cole’s Grammy winning single “Living for Love” and has recorded and/or performed with George Clinton, Randy Brecker, Lisa Fischer, Nona Hendryx, and Vernon Reid, among others. Redbone and Whitby have completed a commission for the New York Theater Workshop’s Plurality of Privacy Project with Jim Nicola in partnership with the Goethe Institute.
Photo: Molly Magnuson