Arts at UNCW

Martha Redbone

Martha Redbone with Lakota John

Redbone and her long term collaborator, pianist Aaron Whitby are called “the little engine that could” by their “band of NYC’s finest blues and jazz musicians” (Larry Blumenthal). From a humble beginning with residencies at the original Living Room on the Lower East side and at Joe’s Pub and nationally at powwows across Indian Country in support of her debut album, Home of the Brave (“Stunning album, the kind of woman who sets trends” Billboard), Redbone has built a passionate fan base with her mesmerizing presence and explosive live shows. Her album Skintalk is described as the soulful sound of “Earth, Wind and Fire on the Rez” (Native Peoples Magazine) and is recognized as an example of Contemporary Native American music in the Permanent Library Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Martha Redbone 

Lakota John is an old soul with a love for the blues. A talented Native American (Oglala Lakota/Lumbee) Blues guitarist and vocalist from Southeastern North Carolina, who grew up listening to his dad’s music library. He got an early start at age 10 learning from the blues master's John Cephas, Phil Wiggins and John Dee Holeman with public performances in a variety of venues. In 2009, he joined the Music Maker Relief Foundation as one of their Next Generation Artists. Lakota blends traditional styles of the Delta and Piedmont acoustic blues with bottleneck slide guitar. He sprinkles it with a bit of harmonica and mixes in part of his Indigenous heritage with sounds of the Native American flute.

Lakota has toured nationally, opening up for or sharing the stage with reknown Native artist Pura Fe; Legendary Blues icon, Taj Mahal and many others. He was nominated for Best Blues Recording in 2015 at the Native American Music Awards (NAMA). Lakota John continues to perform at various festivals and events with selected performances at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Performing Arts Discovery/American Sounds (PADAS) program in Orlando and the Casa Grande National Monument in Arizona. Follow Lakota John, on social media or visit his website

 Lakota John