Jake Blount “Spider Tales” (Free Dirt Records, 2020)

Taking his cue from the likes of The Carolina Chocolate Drops and subsequent forays by Dom Flemons,  Rhiannon Giddens and Songs Of Our Native Daughters, banjo and fiddle player Jake Blount  peers into the past when folk and ountry blues tunes and songs, many with origins in Africa and transported via slavery, were popularised, in the main, by white entertainers. As with his peers, Blount reclaims these songs, emphasising their origins as he writes about them while the album title harks back to African folklore relating to a series of fables from Ghana featuring a mythical trickster called Anansi who often appeared in spider form. Continue reading “Jake Blount “Spider Tales” (Free Dirt Records, 2020)”