From Pamuya to Cary Morin, Native American musicians give us a deep connection to our emotional motivations. Music moves us to tears and inspires us to get up and get moving. Whether it’s blues, country, rock, or traditional, music by Native Americans brings a unique and heartfelt groove to any given day. We celebrate some of the best bands and individual artists and hear what their words and melodies do for listeners.
Grammy winning Taos Pueblo recording artist Robert Mirabal’s new album is full of a lot of movement. As with many of his songs, Robert’s connection to his home community once again provides an array of color and life to a vibrant musical canvas on the new album “The River.” Many of the compositions have melodies that tell a story with distinct musical settings that encourage listeners to break away to an energetic place. We invite you to join us for our June Music Maker where we visit with Robert along with Ralph Farris of the New York City string quartet ETHEL that Robert collaborated with on his latest project.
Robert Mirabal (Taos Pueble) – Singer, songwriter, and musician
Ralph Farris – ETHEL Quartet musician
Break Music: Wi-Wa (song) Robert Mirabal (artist) The River (Album)
We are bringing you a double shot of rocking Native music as we are joined live in studio by two greats. Gary Farmer (Cayuga/Tuscarora/Mohawk) and Derek Miller (Mohawk) have shared the stage many times including a recent tour with stops in several Native nations. We’ll hear about their journeys and their shared love of music. Gary will share some of his latest album “Road Songs” and Derek will give us some of his “Rumble: A Tribute to Native Music Icons.” What kind of influence have these musicians had on on your life? When it comes to rock and blues what kind of hold have they had on your soul? Are the type of sounds that get you out on the dance floor or make you pick up a pick and guitar? Join us for our special Music Maker edition with Gary Farmer and the Trouble Makers and Derek Miller.
Break Music: Go Go Go (song) Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers (artist) Road Songs (album)
Hawaiian music has roots as deep as the Native Hawaiian musicians that gracefully move through the notes—especially when it comes to slack-key guitar. This month we take the time to visit with Patrick Landeza (Native Hawaiian), an award-winning artist who uses this style of music to share not only his but his family’s story. His newest album “Nahe‘olu” is a melodic gift from his memories of growing up. We hope you can join us as we connect to these Native Hawaiian musical origins with our March Music Maker.
Break Music: Pauoa Liko Lehua (song) Patrick Landeza (artist) Nahe’olu (album)
This month Native blues will ricochet out of Studio 49 as the Marc Brown and the Blues Crew join our Native airwaves. “Still Got the Blues” is the 12th album released by the band’s front man Marc Brown, a Koyukon Athabaskan from the Huslia Tribe musician. This collection of music is a solid invitation to the dancefloor for any blues lover. We invite you to get down with us and our August Music Maker.
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Break Music: Nulato (song) Marc Brown and the Blues Crew (artist) Still Got the Blues (album)
Today we close down the phone lines and bring you an electrifying mix of songs to get you up and get moving. In this encore broadcast, we hear from Native artists from Canada, the U.S. and New Zealand. These tunes are guaranteed to help you tear up the dance floor. Join us for a prerecorded edition of Native America Calling as we give you our version of an Electric 49 featuring Native recording artists.
The soulful music of Inuit singer Karina Moeller is one way to jump into spring. Many people know her as one of the voices of the funk-inspired group Pamyua. Her new album “Simplify” puts the spotlight on her voice and musical ability, including her songwriting skills. The 12-track CD includes the sound of her loved ones and her Inuit culture. There are also gracefully constructed songs that are sure to feed any listener’s thirst for a little Indigenous R&B. We invite you to join us as we open our hour to Karina Moeller, our April Music Maker.
Break Music: Inuk (song) Karina Moeller (artist) Simplify (album)
Crow Nation recording artist Cary Morin is back with his third solo release, “Tiny Town.” He’s bringing a lot of blues and soul in his 14-track album. He’s noted for his enthusiastic picking styles and narrative lyrics. We invite you to join us as we put the musical spotlight on our latest Music Maker on Native America Calling.
Break Music: When the Levee Breaks (song) Cary Morin (artist) Tiny Town (album)
Siblings Gillian and Robert Thompson (Haida and Tsimshian) make music a family affair. Once again, their soulful group Sister Says tempts audiences to take a deep look at life and love in their latest album “Heart Placement.” The Canadian duo out of Vancouver, British Columbia grew up with various musical influences and you can hear it in their new 12-track album full of pop, jazz rock and soul sounds. We invite you to join us for our February Music Maker – Sister Says.
Break Music: Heart Placement (song) Sister Says (artist) Heart Placement (album)
Our latest Music Maker is R. Carlos Nakai. He joins us Friday, January 16 to talk about his work and the special reissue of his number one #1 selling album, “Canyon Trilogy Deluxe Platinum Edition.”