Friday, March 20, 2015

Rock Is Red #3 - Cody Blackbird

For the third edition of the ROCK IS RED podcast we've caught up with flute player and composer CODY BLACKBIRD (Cherokee/Dakota) whose haunting compositions and performances have earned him universal acclaim as well as a few industry accolades such as a couple of Native American Music Awards for Flutist of the Year and for for Song of the Year in 2012 for the track HEAR MY CRY with Rosebud Sioux hip hop artist FRANK WALN. In the years since that NAMMY win, BLACKBIRD has experienced disillusionment over an alleged mishandling of royalties over the song HEAR MY CRY  but  that  disillusionment has allowed BLACKBIRD to challenge himself as both a musician and an artist. His current EP release EUPHORIA - Produced by TERRANCE JAYE (Oglala Sioux hip hop producer) - takes BLACKBIRD's mesmerizing flute sounds and combines them with ambient beats and electronic textures.  His forthcoming release THIS SIDE UP is being released by his eponymous band  and is stylistically different from EUPHORIA or any of his previous releases. THIS SIDE UP introduces us to CODY BLACK BIRD - the multi-instrumentalist and singer with a message about the human condition. The first track to be made available form THIS SIDE UP is the acoustic guitar driven PROMISED LAND - a good old fashioned protest song giving a big middle finger to the KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE.


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