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Folk and Blues Awards Among Nammys Presented Saturday

Article written by on Sunday, Oct 04, 2009 in Awards,People

Last night’s Native American Music Awards included the Best Folk Recording award, won by Atsiaktonkie for Four Wolves Prophecy, and the Best Blues Recording award, won by Graywolf Blues Band for Dancing in the Rain. The Best Compilation Recording award was presented to Joanne Shenandoah and Michael Bucher for Bitter Tears Sacred Ground, a Native history album that honors the music of Johnny Cash, Peter La Farge and Floyd Red Crow Westerman while recreating several cuts from Cash’s Bitter Tears album.

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Native American Music Awards October 3

Article written by on Friday, Oct 02, 2009 in Awards,People

Several years ago I happened on a stage performance by Arvel Bird at the Texas Indian Market. Since then I have driven many commuter miles to the sound of his Animal Totems album, a mixture of New Age and Celtic styles. Bird plays every kind of music from bluegrass to jazz and plays the Native American flute as well as the fiddle. The classically trained violinist’s latest CD, Tribal Music Suite, Journey of a Paiute, a reflection of his Scottish and Paiute heritage, tells a story of cultural conflict and of a life journey. Bird is one of the nominees for Artist of the Year in the 11th Annual Native American Music Awards, to be held Saturday, October 3 in Niagara Falls. The awards will be webcast live at 8:00 pm EST.

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