On Strange Medicine, acclaimed roots musician Kaia Kater succeeds in the act of transformation, alchemizing grief into joy, sorrow into hope. Fiercely defiant toward an industry that silences Black women, Katers captivating songs celebrate the power of oppressed people and act as an antidote to centuries of exploitation, fear, and greed. This collection of ten songs -featuring appearances by todays finest roots musicians such as Allison Russell, Aoife ODonovan, and Taj Mahal-showcase Katers biting topical songwriting and deft arranging chops. Strange Medicines intricate orchestrations were inspired by diverse sources: composer Steve Reichs propulsive minimalism, the frenetic jazz drumming of Brian Blade, the unsettling orchestral scores of film composer Jonny Greenwood, and the spiraling rhythms of the West African kora. Furthermore, Katers delicate yet robust banjo playing charts new territory well beyond what's expected of the instrument. With Strange Medicine, Kater taps into the full kaleidoscope of her artistry, creating an outlet for our collective grief and celebration and inviting the ancestors to a place of honor at the table.