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Jake Blount On Midnight Monologues

This week, we're switching it up on Midnight Monologues.

Our Artistic Director Kevin Broccoli will be staying up late with acclaimed musician and singer Jake Blount.

"I'm so excited to have Jake on the show," says Broccoli, "I've listened to his album Spider Tales over and over again since it came out. When I saw that he had a local connection, I wanted to find out everything about him, and what better way than to have him on our very own Epic showcase for artists and night owls."

"Jake Blount is an award-winning banjoist, fiddler, singer and ethnomusicologist based in Providence, RI.  He is half of the internationally touring duo Tui, a 2020 Strathmore Artist in Residence and a board member of Bluegrass Pride. Although he is proficient in multiple performance styles, Blount specializes in the music of Black and Native American communities in the southeastern United States, and in the regional style of Ithaca, New York. A versatile performer, Blount interpolates blues, bluegrass and spirituals into the old-time string band tradition he belongs to. He foregrounds the experiences of queer people and people of color in his work. His teachers include Rhiannon Giddens, Bruce Molsky and Judy Hyman. He has claimed first place in both the Banjo and the Traditional Band categories at the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, WV. Blount has shared his music and research at the Smithsonian Institution, Yale University, and Berklee School of Music, among other venues and institutions. He has also appeared on Radiolab.He regularly teaches fiddle and banjo at festivals and camps like the Augusta Heritage Center’s Old-Time Week, the Ashokan Center’s Old-Time Rollick, and Midwest Banjo Camp.Blount tours domestically and internationally as a solo performer, with his duo Tui, and with his band The Moose Whisperers. He has performed and recorded solo, and in ensembles of up to six people. His first full-length solo album, Spider Tales, is out now on Free Dirt Records & Service Co.  It debuted at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, received positive coverage from NPR, Rolling Stone and Billboard among others, and earned five out of five stars as The Guardian's Folk Album of the Month."

He'll be performing live on the show and then speaking with Kevin about his creative process live on the Epic Facebook (www.Facebook.com/EpicTheatreCo)

Plus, our Epic cross-over week continues with Kerry Giorgi and Melanie Stone on "Solve It, Betsy!" on the Patreon (www.Patreon.com/EpicTheatreCo) and Tylar Jahumpa on "Checking In with Angelique Dina" tonight on the Instagram (@EpicTheatreCo).


Photo by Michelle Lotker

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