Musical ringleader, collaborator and inspirer Jayme Stone invites you into breathing, sweating history; a history enhanced moment by moment with each version of each song. From African rhythms to Appalachian field chants to Creole dances, Stone has wandered the path less traveled, collecting song nuggets while gathering an organic collective of musicians, like Grammy winning vocalist Tim O’Brien, to travel with. They make love to antiquated music, keeping their ear to the ground for its subtleties and possibilities the way one puts an ear on a railroad track to hear the train that’s been.
His recent project Folklife continues the journey he started when he embraced musician and archivist Alan Lomax’s revered amassment of folk and field recordings from Europe and the Americas. Featuring banjos, fiddles, accordions and sweet and soaring vocals, Folklife pulls tales of farm workers, sailors, prisoners, sinners and the sinned against out of the gallery and plunks them down onto the dance floors, barrooms and streetscapes of now.
Biography by Mary-Lynn Wardle