ROOTS AND BRANCES
Roots and Branches
|Like a thick-trunked tree, roots music has many branches. At its simplest, though, it candidly confronts the hardships and realities of life — experiences that transcend cultures. Read on to explore just some of the incredible artists in our lineup who are drawing inspiration and nourishment from the roots that connect us.|
Born into a musical family from the hills of southern Vermont, Sam Amidon seamlessly merges contemporary and traditional elements to create a distinctive and original brand of folk.
A powerfully gifted musician and a scholar of Black American music, Jake Blount speaks ardently about the African roots of the banjo and the subtle, yet profound, ways African Americans have shaped and defined the amorphous categories of roots music and Americana.
Many artists have mined the vast repertoire of early American music, but few with such originality, poetic vision, and utterly unique harmonic language as composer, pianist, and vocalist Robin Holcomb.
Leyla McCalla is a Haitian-American multi-instrumentalist based in New Orleans. Her music vibrates with three centuries of history, sonically blending New Orleans influences and traditional Haitian rhythms on cello, banjo, and guitar, with lyrics sung in English, French, and Haitian Kreyol.
Effortlessly weaving elements of folk, jazz, and blues into their soulful compositions, Joanna Sternberg captivates listeners with their unique musical storytelling and expressive voice.
Big Ears Roots & Branches Playlist
We curated a playlist featuring all the brilliant roots musicians joining us for our 2024 Festival. We can’t wait for you to catch them live!
Roots and Branches Reading
We’ve also curated a selection of readings for a deeper dive into our featured roots artists.