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Jayme Stone's Lomax Project Featuring Tim O'Brien

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Bristol, VA/TN -- Birthplace of Country Music and The Paramount Center for the Arts present Jayme Stone's Lomax Project featuring Tim O'Brien on the Paramount stage Sunday, May 3 at 2:00 p.m., sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Two-time Juno-winning banjoist and composer Jayme Stone collaborates with Grammy-winning Americana artist Tim O'Brien, and others, for a re-imagining of songs collected by renowned folklorist and field pioneer Alan Lomax. This "collaboratory" brings together some of North America's most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive and recycle traditional music.

"He was the guy who first recorded Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie...," said Stone. "A lot of the incredible folk music that we have is with us still because he preserved it."

The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a capella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, and work songs collected from well-known musicans and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fisherman, prisoners, and homemakers. Lomax and O'Brien captured this music on the critically acclaimed Borealis Records release, Jayme Stone's Alan Lomax Project, with Bruce Molsky, Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Brittan Haas, Julian Lage, Eli West, Mollie O'Brien, and more.

According to the Library of Congress, the entire body of Lomax material now resides at the American Folklife Center and encompasses more than 100 collections and includes 700 linear feet of manuscripts, 10,000 sound recordings, 6,000 graphic images, and 6,000 moving images. Created by Alan Lomax, John A Lomax, Sr., and many others, the body of material documents nearly 1,000 culture groups from around the world.

The Jayme Stone's Lomax Project concert serves as an epilogue to Alan Lomax's American Patchwork Film Series, screening Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. through April, at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. It's all part of Birthplace of Country Music's education and outreach programming. For more information about this and other BCM programming, visit

Tickets to Jayme Stone's Alan Lomax Project featuring Tim O'Brien are $24 in advance at $29.50 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Paramount box office and online at

Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world, bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. His award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling music. The Other Side of the Air (2013) is a travelogue of imaginary landscapes and faraway lands. The album traverses the Cinnamon Route through Persia and India, revisits and reinvents melodies Stone collected in West Africa and includes a Concerto for Banjo and Chamber Symphony. Room of Wonders (2010) explores music from Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Brazil, Italy and North America. The repertoire includes a movement from Bach’s French Suite, a Moorish sword-fighting dance and Stone’s lush, edgy originals. Africa to Appalachia (2008) is a boundary-crossing musical collaboration with griot singer Mansa Sissoko that explores the banjo’s African roots and Stone’s adventures in Mali. The Utmost (2007) draws inspiration from Japanese poetry and Brazilian literature and includes a tiny symphony that takes place inside an imaginary lightbulb. Stone is the consummate collaborator, unearthing musical artifacts and magnetizing extraordinary artists to help rekindle these understudied sounds. Stone is a passionate educator, producer, and collaborator.

In Tim O’Brien’s music, things come together. The uncanny intersection of traditional and contemporary elements in his songwriting, his tireless dedication to a vast and still-expanding array of instruments, and his ongoing commitment to place himself in as many unique and challenging musical scenarios as possible has made him a key figure in today’s thriving roots music scene—and well beyond it. O’Brien’s presence—be it as a bandleader, songwriter, mentor, instrumentalist, or vocalist—has been strongly felt not only in his own rich music, but in the many recordings of his songs by such artists as the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Nickel Creek, Kathy Mattea, the New Grass Revival, and the Seldom Scene, and in his recorded collaborations with Steve Martin, the Chieftains, and innumerable others. Most recently, O’Brien has been performing before capacity crowds in the band of Mark Knopfler, who described O’Brien as “a master of American folk music, Irish music, Scottish music—it doesn't matter; a fine songwriter and one of my favorite singers.”

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