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Jayme Stone

posted Mar 26, 2017, 6:44 PM by Vu Nguyen
Stone shared the song “There Is More Love Somewhere” from his upcoming album Jayme Stone’s Folklife to released on April 7 on Borealis Records. 

Stone heard this song performed by Bessie Jones and said the arrangement “lit up my banjo in a matter of minutes.” In an interview about the song Jones explains that, “Love is just a hidden mystery. Everything in your heart. It’s chill, it’s peace, it’s joy. In other words, it’s straight confidence. You got to love yourself first.”

Jayme Stone’s Folklife follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story. Evolving out of Stone's Lomax Project, this gathering of versatile musicians blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears. With spellbinding singing, virtuosic playing and captivating storytelling, the album reworks songs found in the Library of Congress’ Archive of American Folklife.

Stone is the consummate collaborator, unearthing musical artifacts and magnetizing extraordinary artists to help rekindle these understudied sounds. He is a passionate educator, producer and instigator. Stone has been called the “Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo” (Globe and Mail) and his music has been featured on NPR, CBC, BBC and at venues across North America and abroad, including the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers. Jayme Stone’s Folklife is the prolific artist’s seventh album and he’s won two Juno and three Canadian Folk Music Awards.

The recording features singer extraordinaire Moira Smiley (tune-yArDs), Grammy-winning songster Dom Flemons (Carolina Chocolate Drops), cornetist Ron Miles (Bill Frisell), singer Felicity Williams (Bahamas) and more. A powerful chemistry and camaraderie amongst the musicians can be felt throughout the record.

The album comes with detailed song notes as well as a series of bright, folkloric illustrations commissioned from artist Camilla Perkins. As Stone explains in the introduction, “In this age of monoculture, it’s no wonder that many of us seek nearly-forgotten artifacts from the past: an antique Radio Flyer wagon, a dog-eared first edition, a hymn as old as dirt. But I’m no collector, nor am I particularly nostalgic. I revel in the act of discovery. I want 33⅓ revelations per minute. I crave collaboration. So I gathered together fellow keen-eared musicians to help blow the dust off these carefully chosen songs, uncover their hidden histories, and till fresh soil to see what might spring forth from these sturdy seeds.”

Below are tour dates in support of Jayme Stone’s Folklife.

2017 Tour Dates
Mar 26                        C.S.P.S. Hall, Cedar Rapids, IA
Mar 27                        Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN
Mar 29                        Hudson River Performing Arts, Weehawken, NJ (matinee)
Mar 29                        Joe's Pub, New York, NY (evening)
Mar 30-Apr 1              University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT
Apr 2                          Walkover Gallery, Bristol, VT
Apr 26                        Stockey Center, Parry Sound, ON
Apr 27                        Nineteen on the Park, Stouffville, ON
Apr 28                        Alliance Francaise, Toronto, ON
Apr 29                        Livewire Concerts, Kingston, ON
May 2                         Bridgewater College: Cole Hall, Bridgewater, VA
May 3                         Library of Congress: Coolidge Auditorium, Washington, DC
May 31                       Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, CA
Jun 1                          Kuumbwa Jazz, Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 2                          Miner’s Foundry Theater, Nevada City, CA
Jun 3                          Lincoln Theater,  Yountville, CA
Jun 4                          Occidental Center for the Arts, Occidental, CA
Jun 6                          Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica, CA