In Review: Guest DJ Hour with Jake Blount

In honor of Black History Month, we’re so pleased to have Jake Blount on as our guest DJ.

As a scholar who digs into traditional Black music in the folk tradition daily, it was a no-brainer to give Jake the reins. His 2020 album¬†Spider Tales showcased his affinity for interpreting Black folk songs and his work continues with his latest single, a newly recorded version of a traditionally sourced song “The Man Was Burning.”

Not only is Jake our guest DJ, sharing some of his favorite traditional folk songs from Black artists, we also get an exclusive first-listen to his new single, which is out today.


Somi – House Of The Rising Sun – [single] – Salon Africana

Angelique Kidjo – Mother Nature – Mother Nature – Decca Records

Leyla McCalla – Fort Dimanche – [single] – Anti

Our Native Daughters – Moon Meets the Sun – Songs of Our Native Daughters – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Jericho – Gospel Train – Universal Music Group

Creola Johnson – I Don’t Want Nobody Stumbling Over Me – Virginia Traditions: Virginia Work Songs – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Moving Star Hall Singers – Row, Michael, Row – Been in the Storm So Long: Spirituals & Shouts, Children’s Game Songs, and Folktales – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Bessie Jones – Blow Gabriel – Get In Union – Odyssey Productions

Fannie Lou Hamer – City Called Heaven – The Songs My Mother Taught Me – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass – Death Don’t Have No Mercy In This Land – Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass – Soul Step Records


“The Man Was Burning” is available HERE


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