We are excited to play this year’s Brooklyn Americana Festival on Saturday, September 23rd @ 7pm @ the 68 Jay Street Bar. Our friend Alex Battles is also in the lineup so looking forward to a fine night out of twang. Come & catch us there! – A’ho*
September 4, 2017 | Categories: Live, Showout, Tourlife | Leave a comment
Howdy y’all…we’re still glowing from performing at the first annual Another Country twang festival in Brooklyn. It was a day full of alternative country acts unknown to us & we had a lot of fun discovering new music before our headlining set in the evening. Here’s some press below that gave us a fine mention:
CACTUS ROSE cited in the Village Voice
Kandia Crazy Horse cited as an influence upon Another Country festival founders Karen & the Sorrows (includes playlist)
For the rest of this month you can catch us at some local powwows but no more shows for a spell as we enjoy a much needed summer break. Hope you are enjoying the best the hot season has to offer! – A’ho*
July 14, 2017 | Categories: Live, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
We are looking forward to the 15th annual Drums Along The Hudson powwow — after a jaunt down South Dixie-way — & then gearing up to play some shows around the 5 boroughs. Come on out & catch us when you can! A’ho*
(Jeff McLaughlin – Guitar for Cactus Rose)
(Ben Killen – Banjo for Cactus Rose)
(Kandia Crazy Horse – Vocals & twang concepts for Cactus Rose)
June 10: Art In The Garden @ RING Garden, Inwood, Manhattan @ 5:20pm
June 21: #MakeMusicNY – 2 sets: UGC Eats on Park Avenue @ 1:30pm & Morris-Jumel Mansion, 64 Jumel Terrace, 6:15pm
July 2: Another Country festival @ Littlefield, Brooklyn (doors 2pm, $10-20)
June 1, 2017 | Categories: Live, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
We of Cactus Rose are big, lifelong fans of the father of Cosmic American Music Gram Parsons & honored to finally be paying him homage in sound. Come the end of September, we are heading down to Gram’s hometown of Waycross, Georgia, to perform in the 20th year of the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull & Tribute Festival, with headliners including the great Kentucky Headhunters (who I wrote a seminal Village Voice review about back in the day); & we are very pleased to have special guests joining us: Stanley Booth & Lauren Barth. Take a gander at the purty poster that’s circulating & prepare to come join us down Georgia way when we shall be singing a set that combines Cactus Rose originals & select Gram Parsons classics – A’ho!
May 3, 2017 | Categories: Live, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, California, CaliforniaCountry, CaliforniaDreamgirl, CosmicAmericanMusic, CosmicCountry, CosmicLadies, Country, Forager, Georgia, GeorgiaPeach, GeorgiaRoots, GramParsons, GramParsonsGuitarPull, JoshuaTree, LaurenBarth, Los Angeles, Music, NativeAmericana, News, NudieSuit, StanleyBooth, TheTrueAdventuresOftheRollingStones, Waycross | Leave a comment
Some scenes from yesterday’s march through Midtown Manhattan in support of Standing Rock. I spoke in front of the main branch of the NYPL on Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street about multiple pipelines afflicting Turtle Island, the Ramapough Lunaape Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp & the role of my fellow musicians in this resistance. I was also later interviewed by BuzzFeed on the approach to Columbus Circle. Video to follow. Despite the cold, we had a pretty good turnout & the freewheelin’ jazz band held us down, dancing at the rear of the column. ‘Twas another great day to be indigenous & help spread awareness – A’ho*
(All photographs by Kandia Crazy Horse unless indicated)
(Eagle Woman o’er my right shoulder & Kandia Crazy Horse w/ her handmade sign @ NYPL Fifth Avenue & 42nd St before the speakers & march)
March 5, 2017 | Categories: Activism, Live, Red Road, Showout, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, Activist, ALutaContinua, BuzzFeed, Dakota Access Pipeline, DakotaAccessPipelineResistance, DonaldTrump, IStandWithSplitRock, IStandWithStandingRock, Jazz, Kandia Crazy Horse, March4thForStandingRock, MardiGras, Music, native, NativeAmerican, NativeLivesMatter, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, nopipelines, NYStandsWithStandingRock, PublicSpeaking, Race, SplitRock, SplitRockSweetWaterPrayerCamp, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, StandingRockSiouxTribe, StandingWithStandingRock, TrumpTower | Leave a comment
Join us of Cactus Rose band for our first show of 2017 this Friday night! We are celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth with our own cosmic twang contribution to the #BlackHillbilly tradition & looking forward to reaching out farther with this advocacy into the national & international music scene during this year. Follow us on Instagram: @cactusroselovesyou
#CactusRose live @ Branded Saloon
603 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn NY
More info/directions: brandedsaloon.com
( Black stringband in 1900)
JUST WHAT IS BLACK HILLBILLY?
February 13, 2017 | Categories: Live, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: Africans, AfroChesapeake, AfroNative, AltCountry, Americana, banjo, Black, BlackAmericana, blackcontemporaryart, BlackHillbilly, BlackHistory, bluegrass, BlueRidgeMountains, BrandedSaloon, Brooklyn, BrooklynCountry, CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, CanyonMusic, Canyons, Concert, Country, CountryandWestern, CountryGirls, CountryMusic, countryrock, countrysinger, Kandia Crazy Horse, LadiesOfTheCanyon, LiveMusic, mountainmusic, Music, NativeAmericana, News, OldTimey, Stampede, stringbandmusic, TheBand, Twang | Leave a comment
I am still recovering from the sonic & social whirl of this past week in Connecticut where we were engaged in mounting the #DavidBowie & #Prince memorial conference “Blackstar Rising & The Purple Reign,” organized by my dear friend & Yale University scholar Dr. Daphne A. Brooks. A good deal to reflect upon from all I heard from my former rockcrit colleagues including Ann Powers of NPR Music & Michaelangelo Matos & Greil Marcus, as well as those of the Academy such as Tavia Nyong’o of Yale & Eric Lott of CUNY Graduate Center. I do appreciate the wide audience that my session with Sherae Rimpsey & Alan Light — Everybody Still Wants To Fly — garnered due to our being the lead-in to Solange Knowles’ keynote address. My take on Prince as Mystery Cult via the prism of what Harold Bloom has denunciated as “California Orphism” was interesting to some folks (smile). And my Texan bandmate KAR / Kimberly Robison kindly traveled up from the Hamilton Grange to support me in my presentation & also did some vital research at Yale on Emily West aka the Yellow Rose of Texas for an upcoming project we wish to mount – stay tuned!
I was also very sad to learn upon my arrival in New Haven that Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks was gone to Glory. A lot of flashing on my time spent on-and-off the Road that goes on Forever with the Allmans is surfacing & I am doing a lot of listening to my favorites among their compositions — particularly one of my 3 most treasured songs: “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed.” So, more to come after a spell on what transpired last week…yet here’s two precious souvenirs of my time spent in New Haven — meeting one of the scions of the great Escovedo family of American music that has had a profound influence on me since I initially grew up in a colony of Aztlan, a Chicano barrio in Chocolate City; I am very much a follower as a singer-songwriter of Sheila E. & her uncle Alejandro Escovedo…& as a past film school graduate and lover of concert cinema, I have also been influenced by D.A. Pennebaker who made my beloved Monterey Pop. An honor all ’round to briefly share space with them…A’ho*
( Sheila E. & Kandia Crazy Horse of Cactus Rose @ Yale University last Friday night, New Haven, Connecticut )
( Kandia Crazy Horse of Cactus Rose & legendary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker @ Yale, after screening of his 1973 David Bowie documentary “Ziggy Stardust” )
February 2, 2017 | Categories: Live, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: 1960s, 1970s, Afrofuturism, AfroNative, AlejandroEscovedo, AllmanBrothersBand, alternativespirituality, BettyDavis, BlackstarRisingandthePurpleReign, BurnedOverDistrict, ButchTrucks, CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, California, Camille, Connecticut, CosmicAmericanMusic, CosmicLadies, cosmogonies, DAPennebaker, DaphneBrooks, DavidBowie, DevonWilson, EdenAhbez, ElectricEden, electricity, ElectricLadies, England, Esquerita, FatherYod, GeorgeClinton, GlitterGlam, HerculineBarbin, HierosGamos, Hippies, JehovahsWitness, JoniMitchell, Kandia Crazy Horse, Karline, KarlMay, KimberlyRobison, Lebensreform, LisaColeman, LittleRichard, MetalHurlant, MidnightRider, MilleriteGreatDisappointment, MontereyPop, Mormonism, Mothership, Muses, Music, MysteryCult, NativeAmerican, News, Nightbirds, Oakland, PaisleyPark, PaisleyUnderground, Pleiades, Prince, religion, Romanticism, SacredAndrodyne, SeventhDayAdventist, SheilaE, SisterOfTheRoad, Skymama, SongbirdAquarian, SourceFamily, southernrock, Spiritualism, Spirituality, StevieNicks, SunRa, Technopagans, TheRoadGoesOnForever, Transcendentalism, transvocalizing, VisionaryState, WendyandLisa, WendyMelvoin, WhiteWingedDove, YaleUniversity, ZiggyStardust | Leave a comment
Dearly Beloved, I hope you shall join us this week @ Yale University in New Haven for the Prince – David Bowie conference: BlackStar Rising & The Purple Reign
In the lead-in to the Solange (Knowles) keynote address, I shall be holding forth on Mystical Prince, the Afro-Native spirit of his jazz belle mother Mattie & his Muses including my key sonic foremother Stevie Nicks (of course, Stevie & Prince collaborated on “Stand Back” & among other thangs, Prince clearly derived some of his famous style from Stevie’s bespoke sartorial aesthetic). Rather than due to Prince’s most adored blackface-wearing, jazz fusioneer heroine Joni Mitchell (who transformed from Saskatoon prairie flower trilling songbird into a black pimp who punked the Asylum gang royalty of LA with her own alter-ego Art Nouveau), I am a latter-day Lady of the Canyon because of my heroine Stevie Nicks — & a select elite of cult favorite canyon muses including Wendy Waldman, Essra Mohawk, Claudia Lennear & Judee Sill; they are all collectively the Muses behind songs of mine such as “Quartz Hill,” “Cowgirls,””Songcatcher,” & “Rare Bird” (& yes, my sophomore album was titled Canyons). As a sonic & spiritual acolyte-turned-Adept of Queen California’s Electric Eden (who possesses the Source Family lineage name Songbird Aquarian), I am looking forward to being purified anew in the purple-hued waters of Lake Minnetonka.
January 23, 2017 | Categories: Interviews, Live, Showout, Tourlife | Tags: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Adept, Afrofuturism, AfroNative, Amazons, AroundTheWorldInADay, AscendedMasters, Black, BlackAtlantic, blackcontemporaryart, BlackCrow, blackface, BlackHistory, BuckinghamNicks, California, CaliforniaDreamgirl, Camille, CosmicAmericanMusic, CosmicLadies, Cults, DavidBowie, ElectricEden, electricguitarevangelism, electricity, ElectricLadies, EssraMohawk, FreakPower, guitar, Hejira, HerculineBarbin, HolyUrges, JoniMitchell, JudeeSill, Kandia Crazy Horse, LadiesOfTheCanyon, LindseyBuckingham, LisaColeman, Los Angeles, LoveSymbol, Minneapolis, Mixed, MixedChicks, Mothership, Muses, Music, Mystic, NewAge, News, NewWeirdAmerica, PacificOcean, PaisleyPark, Parade, Pleiades, Prince, Purple, Purpleaxxxe, QueenCalifia, Reaganism, religion, rock, Spirituality, StevieNicks, SusannahMelvoin, Theosophy, Ulysses, VisionaryState, WeirdWest, WendyandLisa, WendyMelvoin, WendyWaldman, WhiteWingedDove | Leave a comment
The Myth of the (Black) West: Jonathan Demme & I screening/discussing “Run Of The Arrow” & its director Samuel Fuller, the African & Native presence in the genre of westerns, the Civil War, the New South, Going Native, the legacies of frontier fakery extended to current “Mountain Men” type “reality” television & western individuals like Rachel Dolezal (who most forget forged a “Little Tipi-on-the-Prairie” narrative prior to deciding to become a black woman) + more last weekend in Pleasantville, NY @ the Jacob Burns Film Center. I was honored to partake in the first post-screening program & hope to perhaps return to delve into acid westerns before the end of the series.
(photos courtesy of Jacob Burns Film Center)
#SaddleUpSaturdays #HarlemOnThePrairie #FlashbackFriday
Reflecting on the West & complex visions of America at this inauguration time, while a coalition of black & indigenous activists are massing elsewhere in my Uptown NYC area @ the Harriet Tubman monument. Perhaps fittingly, I am featured today on Swirl Nation, a blog focused on multiracial & multiethnic lives in this land: Kandia Crazy Horse on SwirlNation
With what’s goin’ down on the social & political scenes, I also reflect on my past as a professional journalist & mourn the New Year loss of two of my former colleagues @ NYC’s once-bohemian, alternative newsweekly The Village Voice. I just learned of reporter Wayne Barrett’s (a notable Donald Trump chronicler) passing this afternoon & have still been trying to reckon with the legacy of Nat Hentoff as a famed jazz critic who partly inspired my joining the field of rock criticism. We shall be missing such voices in the media even more during the new presidency in America. May Nat & Wayne rest in peace. – A’ho*
Jazz Critic / my former Village Voice colleague Nat Hentoff
NYT on my former Village Voice newsroom colleague Wayne Barrett
January 20, 2017 | Categories: Interviews, Live, Showout, Tourlife | Tags: acidwesterns, Activism, Activist, alternativenewsweeklies, CountryandWestern, DonaldTrump, Film, GreenwichVillage, Inaugural, IndependentArtists, IndependentJournalism, IndianCountry, Indigenous, InMemoriam, JacobBurnsFilmCenter, Jazz, JonathanDemme, Kandia Crazy Horse, Mixed, MixedChicks, Music, NatHentoff, News, NewWeirdWest, PleasantvilleNY, Race, radicals, rock, rockcriticism, rockcritics, RunOfTheArrow, SaddleUpSaturdays, SamuelFuller, swirl, SwirlNation, TheMythOfTheWest, VillageVoice, WayneBarrett, westerns | Leave a comment
Hope y’all enjoyed the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday; I spent mine meditating on the post-60s emanations of The Dream — as well as its limits as manifest in the oeuvres of Black Atlantic & Heartland rockstars David Bowie & Prince. I am finally at liberty to invite y’all to join us in New Haven @ the end of the month for the “Blackstar Rising & The Purple Reign” rock conference. Courtesy of an invite from my longtime dear friend of the Black Rock scene, former Princeton professor turned Yale scholar Dr. Daphne Brooks, I shall be presenting on Prince & activism @ Yale University; my evening program on 25 January also features Solange (Knowles) as keynote speaker & former SPIN magazine editor Alan Light.
The program also includes Sheila E., Kimbra, Questlove & others + a closing concert by TV On The Radio. More info & registration instructions linked: KANDIA CRAZY HORSE presentation @ YALE UNIVERSITY for Blackstar Rising & The Purple Reign 1/25
Looking forward to my rebirth in the purifying waters of Lake Minnetonka: HARTFORD COURANT on BLACKSTAR RISING & THE PURPLE REIGN
January 18, 2017 | Categories: Interviews, Live, Showout, Tourlife | Tags: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 70sbabes, ACaseOfYou, acidwesterns, Afrofuturism, Afrohippies, AfroLatino, AroundTheWorldInADay, Azteca, Aztlan, CactusRose, CaliforniaDreamgirl, Californios, CanyonMusic, CarlosSantana, Chicanos, CosmicLadies, CountryandWestern, countryrock, countrysinger, CynthiaRobinson, DavidBowie, DevendraBanhart, electricity, ElectricLadies, FrankZappa, GlitterGlam, groupies, GTOs, Hippies, Jazz, JoniMitchell, Kandia Crazy Horse, LadiesOfTheCanyon, LadyGrinningSoul, LaurelCanyon, LAWoman, Legends, LisaColeman, Los Angeles, LosAngeles, Minneapolis, MinneapolisSound, Mountains, Muses, Music, News, NewWeirdAmerica, NewWeirdWest, Oakland, Parade, PatriceRushen, Prince, PsychedelicRock, Questlove, Reaganism, RoseStone, SanFrancisco, Santana, SheilaE, SignOTheTimes, singersongwriter, Sisterhood, SlyandtheFamilyStone, Solange, StandBack, StevieNicks, studiowizards, SusannahMelvoin, Sylvester, SylvesterandtheHotBand, TheCockettes, TheLongSixties, TheMythOfTheWest, TheRoots, TheWreckingCrew, transvocalizing, TVOnTheRadio, WendyandLisa, WendyMelvoin, WhenDovesCry, Witches | Leave a comment
Happy New Year, y’all & best wishes as the seasons unfold. I hope you had a grand ole holiday time; for my part, I finally got some much needed rest & a spell to rotate some albums of 2016 — especially country releases — that I never got to hear during the course of last year. We of Cactus Rose are taking some time to conjure, connect culturally & write songs during January & then we will be doing two shows on the Brooklyn Country scene in February. I will be making my first live appearances of 2017 in upstate New York & in Connecticut — the latter being a major event I am not yet at liberty to share details about. Stay tuned to this page &
…In the meanwhile: hope can rope yer hearts to join Jonathan Demme & myself @ the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY next Saturday for his western movies screening series / live event “Saddle Up Saturdays.” I will serve as the guest artist / interlocutor for the presentation of Dixie lore & Lakota-themed Run Of The Arrow starring Rod Steiger, Brian Keith & Charles Bronson — followed by a discussion + Q&A. The screening will be preceded by Jonathan’s Standing Rock documentary: Protection Not Protest: The People of Standing Rock
Neither I nor my fellow bandmates in Cactus Rose, Jeff & Kimberly/KAR, have forgotten about Standing Rock or Split Rock, despite the switch in focus to Aleppo or the trend hoppers moving on to the next new thing; and we remain committed to helping stop all the black snakes threatening Turtle Island. So this event will be a good opportunity to come and hear about the Split Rock actions & other causes of Indian Country as well as how it was for me to grow up Indian loving the western genre & cowboy music in the Vietnam Era when antiheroes dominated horse operas while there was a revival of Native American consciousness in the real world beyond celluloid. A’ho*
Tix & more information available here: RUN OF THE ARROW w/ KANDIA CRAZY HORSE 1/14 @ noon JACOB BURNS FILM CENTER
January 5, 2017 | Categories: Interviews, Live, Showout, Tourlife | Tags: Activism, AfroNative, Algonquin, AlgonquinPipeline, CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, Country Music, CountryandWestern, cowboys, cowgirls, Film, FilmScreening, HorseOperas, IndianCountry, IndianPoint, Indigenous, JacobBurnsFilmCenter, JonathanDemme, Kandia Crazy Horse, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NYStandsWithStandingRock, RunOfTheArrow, SAPE, SplitRock, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, StandingRockSiouxTribe, TurtleIslandLiberation, westerns | Leave a comment
I have been mostly focused on the Red Road > powwow highway > doing activism on behalf of Indian Country especially for Standing Rock / #NoDAPL during 2016. Yet once I was a rock journalist & music editor in a previous life, and I perpetually remain a vinyl collector & music fanatic. Amongst the many losses to the music world this year was my dear folks’ seminal record store in the NoHo section of downtown NYC: Other Music. I bought my last hauls of records there back in the spring/summer & we feted their existence with a great parade down the Bowery, followed by a concert @ Bowery Ballroom starring Yoko Ono & many other artists. So it’s now bittersweet to be closing out the year by voting for my most memorable recordings of 2016 in company with the OM fam — here’s my list:
KANDIA CRAZY HORSE 2016 ALBUMS (I will shortly be submitting ballots for the Village Voice Pazz+Jop in Manhattan & the Nashville Scene country music critics poll for Nashville, TN as well…)
& the other Other Music staff + fellow update contributors’ choices can be read HEREIN
& some scenes from the closing of Other Music…A’ho*
( Kandia Crazy Horse & Other Music staffer / WFMU DJ / Bim Marx producer Duane Harriott inside Other Music’s East 4th St store on the final day of operations )
( The last 2 physical copies of my debut album Stampede for sale @ Other Music NYC )
( Other Music co-owner Josh Madell & I outside the Bowery Ballroom on Delancey Street, after the parade / before the farewell concert started )
( Other Music staffer / bandleader of Chouette Amanda Colbenson & I outside the Bowery Ballroom after the OM parade down the Bowery, NYC )
( The banner that used to hang above the entrance @ Other Music on East 4th Street, NYC )
December 23, 2016 | Categories: Live, Releases, Showout, Uncategorized | Tags: albums, AmandaColbenson, BestAlbumsOf2016, BestOf2016, CosmicAmericanMusic, CosmicCountry, Downtown, DuaneHarriott, JoshMadell, Kandia Crazy Horse, Music, MusicOf2016, NativeAmericana, News, NYC, OtherMusic, Records, rockcriticism, rockcritics, Stampede, Vinyl, VinylCollector | Leave a comment
Given that I was out all day yesterday — primarily attending an uptown art salon in Lower Harlem, where I sang — I completely missed this odd bit of NYC local news: MANHATTAN GIVEN BACK TO INDIANS (well at least a part of it)
Although I have some close ties with the Ramapough Lunaape and am acquainted with Chief Dwaine Perry, I have not to my knowledge crossed paths with the New York Post article’s cited chief Anthony Jay Van Dunk nor have I met the cited son of artist Louise Bourgeois — I have been a fleeting fan of hers due to her longevity/continuing to create but expertise on her life & oeuvre lies with my twin sister, the art historian — Jean-Louis Goldwater Bourgeois. I don’t know quite what to make of this transaction, but if the ultimate result is a patahmaniikan (prayer house) then fine. I did not get to participate in the Ramapough winter ceremony this past Saturday out @ Split Rock, for it was cancelled due to snow/inclement weather; so I have not heard any direct commentary from the Source, as it were.
The article says Bourgeois fils has been a Standing Rock benefactor, yet I was more interested to learn of other Natives’ participation in the Occupy Movement for in all the months I was involved in it, particularly Occupy Music, I never met any. Now, if only this M. Bourgeois would get behind the fight to establish Indigenous Peoples Day in NYC. Overall, it was just a little odd piece of news to be sent to me by other Urban Native friends, at the end of the year when Standing Rock has become such a Hollywood trendy Cause (Elvis’ grand baby appearing at hyped LA benefits) & indigenous chic itself has been atomizing err’where — especially on the backs of musical artists with no Native roots including hip-hop ones & judges of The Voice like Alicia Keys — but I am still encountering folks who never heard of what’s going on with the Dakota Access Pipeline (or any other of this land’s black snakes). It’s weird to be revisiting the apocryphal sale of Manhattan by the Lenape to the Dutch, even as our Tri-State news is dominated by news of president-elect Trump’s vast real estate holdings here, the need to barricade Trump Tower in Midtown, and the ongoing discussion of the City as Trump’s fiefdom. I hope the Ramapough do not get targeted by limousine liberals, due to their local residence. Meantime, instead of hashtagging activism, focus & funds need to be directed to the many Native protectors of Standing Rock who are now facing felonies / about to have their cases trafficked through the courts in North Dakota — and there’s inadequate legal representation for most. Some of us staying woke despite the narcotic of holiday cheer.
(Chief Van Dunk, Ramapough, & art patron/architectural historian Bourgeois via New York Post)
Anyroad, I believe this story jumped out at me due to a long conversation about Native American roots out of the Mid-Atlantic and “outsider art” creation we had on Friday afternoon in Chelsea, on the verge of a gallery crawl through the ‘hood to see Titus Kaphar’s opening @ Jack Shainman & the great Bicentennial Series show of one of my favorite painters/fellow Georgian Benny Andrews @ Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. Some strange confluence out of the dialogue and Early Colonial (Kaphar) plus Bicentennial/Jim Crow reflection (Andrews) stirred things up…& made me recall the peculiar but beautiful work of Frohawk Two Feathers who was de vogue a few years back, with prominent Chelsea gallery representation & who I have never met but this particular project is extremely similar to my inner imaginorium/worldview – although he is younger than I, born (interestingly) in the year of the American Bicentennial, 1976: Heartbreaking and shit, but that’s the globe. The Battle of Manhattan
(By Frohawk Two Feathers)
Chicago-born, LA-based Frohawk Two Feathers is the alias of Afro-Native artist Umar Rashid (who also does vanguard and alt-hip-hop music under the monikers Kent Cyclone & Tha Grimm Teachaz); and the 2014 culmination of a series of his work blending Afrofuturism and fact / fiction of early settler colonialism in the Americas caught my notice for decades prior to my arrival in New York City — in part due to my Native American great aunt Helena’s residence in Harlem since the 1930s — I had been an (alternative) history buff preoccupied with the lore of the Ramapough, Jacks-and-Whites / other isolates of the area; the apocryphal sale of Manahata and the Algonquin villages of the landmass; and the religious/occult traditions arising from the upstate Burned-Over District. [Which also drew my interest to the now-defunct Sundance network show The Red Road, which focused on Ramapough, starring half-Hawaiian actor Jason Momoa who claims Native American & for which my cousin’s wife Marcey Tree-In-The-Wind served as a consultant.] Two Feathers’ work seemed to at least gloss similar concerns:
“Bonnie Prince Johnnie, flamboyant pharaoh of New York; Francesca, a.k.a. Tisiphone, Native American assassin; Maurits de Wolff, former slave and soldier extraordinaire; Akosua Van Der Zee, wrathful feminist and malicious schemer.
These are a few of the characters in a wildly original telling of the fictional Battle of Yonkers in 18th-century New York; their portraits and those of other tattooed warriors, misled rulers and vengeful women…
…[final] installment of “The American Proteus: An Invocation and the Wars Between the Rivers,” an alternative account of the colonization of northeastern North America that is both written and visual in form, epic in scope, and built around the imaginary Republic of Frengland (a combination of England, France and Ireland).”
There were paintings that were meta portraits or sometimes reminiscent of historical battles depicted on deerskins or echoing ledger art, mixed with art forms of ancient KMT & tipis on display as well. They were somewhat unnerving, for it was like an unknown Spirit had excavated my interior landscape & reproduced it for all eyes to see. And I will leave it at that for now, for there’s far more concerning this work that I wish to explore…A’ho*
(By Frohawk Two Feathers)
December 19, 2016 | Categories: Red Road, Showout, Uncategorized | Tags: Afrofuturism, AfroNative, Algonquin, AnthonyVanDunk, Art, BennyAndrews, Bicentennial, BicentennialSeries, BurnedOverDistrict, Chelsea, Chief, DutchNewAmsterdam, Frengland, FrohawkTwoFeathers, galleries, Georgia, Huron, Indigenous, IndigenousChic, IndigenousFutures, IndigenousPeoplesDay, JacksAndWhites, JackShainmanGallery, Jean-LouisBourgeois, Legends, Lenape, Manahata, MichaelRosenfeldGallery, MorganLehmanGallery, Munsee, Music, NewJersey, News, NoDAPL, NYC, NYC2StandingRock, Prayer, Race, RamapoughLunaape, RepublicOfFrengland, SplitRock, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, StandingRockSiouxTribe, StandingWithStandingRock, TheRedRoad | Leave a comment
Yesterday was an afternoon well-spent in Midtown: attending the matinee of Anna Deveare Smith’s new play #NotesFromTheField @ Second Stage Theater & enjoying a post-show discussion of the school-to-prison pipeline and creative process. I was fortunate enough to see the work by the generosity of my friend who is planning to film the play in 2017, and then to meet Ms. Deveare Smith briefly afterwards. Of the many brilliant characters from various walks of American life that were featured in the play, I most enjoyed her voicing of Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia) who is the activist that remained most at the forefront of my consciousness during 2016 & the presidential election cycle, as he urged folks to vote.
On a more personal note: Anna Deveare Smith gave me a treasured, high compliment – that my sounds / performance style / interaction onstage with space remind her of Sweet Honey In The Rock. Some of my most precious praise for my creativity that I have received & was happy to learn that Ms. Deveare Smith is from Baltimore, Maryland, aka B-more & thus of the same mid-Atlantic region – #DMV represent!
( Anna Deveare Smith & Kandia Crazy Horse, backstage @ Second State Theater in Midtown NYC )
Either through its staging or the eventual film, looking forward to Notes From The Field speaking to a wider audience. It is a masterwork engaging with this hard, turbulent moment of murders, #BLM, Standing Rock and the “New Jim Crow” on the prison-industrial complex that Angela Davis, Ava DuVernay & several others have been holding forth on, even as one of the major prison strikes in U.S. history has been unfolding this season with very little notice or coverage. How primary school students in minority / underserved communities are being treated is something we all need to think long & hard about…
December 15, 2016 | Categories: Live, Showout, Uncategorized | Tags: AfroChesapeake, AfroNative, Americana, AmericanHistory, AnnaDeveareSmith, Art, Artists, Baltimore, BerniceJohnsonReagon, blackcontemporaryart, BlackHistory, BlackLivesMatter, blackwomenartists, Broadway, CharterSchools, countrysinger, DMV, FreddieGray, Icons, JohnLewis, Kandia Crazy Horse, Music, native, NativeAmerican, NativeLivesMatter, News, NotesFromTheField, NYC, Play, PrisonIndustrialComplex, PublicSchools, SweetHoneyInTheRock, tbt, Virginia, WashingtonDC | Leave a comment
Many moons ago, I worked at the Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture of the New York Public Library system — in the last days of the tenure there of my hometown hero Ellis Haizlip, onetime host of the best television show ever: SOUL! I was seeing Mr. Haizlip’s ghost ’round every corner, strolling around in his typical dashiki & tailored slacks, last night @ the Schomburg even before his name was invoked by an elder audience member after the Black Banjo event we were in attendance at the Langston Hughes Auditorium: Banjo Stories & Songs From Haiti & New Orleans, featuring my acquaintance Laurent Dubois (a banjo-playing, Belgian-American scholar from Duke University; I did a talk with him @ CUNY Graduate Center in Midtown back in the spring for the release of his new Harvard tome: The Banjo – America’s African Instrument) & my new friend Leyla McCalla, the Haitian-American banjoist who resides in New Orleans singing songs in English, French, Kreyol & the lone member of my friends’ band the Carolina Chocolate Drops that I had yet to meet. The cited episode of SOUL! featured Taj Mahal (ex-Rising Sons) doing an entire suite of banjo & ole-timey music, talking about the instrument’s African origins and encouraging youngbloods to take up the instrument; this aired back when I was a babychile and obviously there remains a stark racial & generational divide regarding banjo players when the instrument is trendy primarily amongst white Millennials who adopted it after the release of the Coen Brothers’ pastoral pastiche film O! Brother Where Art Thou? with its peerless ole-timey/Americana soundtrack, and the rise of these bands in the Aughts: Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers (I was one of the first to cover them as a rock/country critic alongside the Carolina Chocolate Drops, as they were emerging from the North Carolina Piedmont), & Old Crow Medicine Show. Nothing against these bands & the untimely passing of Pete Seeger has also played a role – indeed, he looms large in Laurent’s book — but we still have high hopes that young black kids will get hip to the banjo & take up our decades of work in keeping the black twang musical traditions thriving. I was interviewed for Joaquin Cotler’s podcast on these issues after Leyla’s performance, at the Schomburg; I will share it when it airs.
My dear #BlackHillbilly / twang family of the Ebony Hillbillies were also special guests like myself & we were in high cotton, enjoying the themes and music of the program. The Ebony Hillbillies generously performed at the Standing Rock benefit I curated @ Decolonize This Place back at the dawn of October; I look forward to future collaborations with them — and now — also with Sistah Leyla.
The banjo was my favorite instrument even before I knew of its African roots & I still hope to take it up — possibly in 2017, since I have been invited to the Danny Barker banjo festival in New Orleans by the guitarist/banjoist Detroit Brooks Sr. of jazz titan Donald Harrison’s band who does a lot of outreach in his community and beyond to keep black banjo traditions alive. Black artists (& the Afropolitan ones trying to appropriate southern accents and songlines in the UK) in country music are not a novelty nor a trend; whatever the outcome for current youtube sensation Kane Brown, who’s an Afro-Native (Tsalagi)/biracial country singer from rural Georgia in the “bro” mold (Young Kane & I have several thangs in common), we are here to stay. So #SaddleUp!
( Leyla McCalla of New Orleans & Kandia Crazy Horse of Hudson Canyon, Sistahs of Twang, @ Schomburg Center, Harlem NYC )
( Kandia Crazy Horse & Kimberly Robison, Virginia Native American songbirds/activists of Cactus Rose + Gloria Gassaway, Catawba lead vocalist/bones player/activist of the Ebony Hillbillies (from South Carolina) – We southern belles love to gather, do actions for #StandingRock & sing to honor our Ancestors. Miz Gloria almost went out to Standing Rock last week with our heroine Pure Fe of Ulali; we hope to combine our efforts & make a sojourn together soon come – A’ho* )
(Throwback to last Thursday night in SoHo @ Morrison Hotel Gallery for private view of Neil Young: Long May You Run exhibit, featuring photographs by Henry Diltz, Joel Bernstein, Danny Clinch & others. Here I am “waging heavy peace” with Henry’s famed image of my hero Neil & his dog Harte in the barn door of his ranch in California, Broken Arrow (named after my favorite Buffalo Springfield native american-themed tune & a Delmer Daves western from the early 1950s), from the year I was born, NYC)
December 8, 2016 | Categories: Interviews, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: AfroNative, Afropolitan, AltCountry, banjo, biracial, Black, BlackAtlantic, BlackHistory, bluegrass, BrokenArrow, BuffaloSpringfield, CarolinaChocolateDrops, Country, Country Music, CountryandWestern, CountryGirls, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, countrysinger, DannyBarkerBanjoFestival, DannyClinch, DetroitBrooksSr, DonaldHarrison, EbonyHillbillies, EllisHaizlip, folk, FolkMusic, Folksingers, French, galleries, Georgia, GloriaGassaway, grassrootsartists, Haiti, Harlem, HarlemHoedown, HenryDiltz, JoelBernstein, Kandia Crazy Horse, KaneBrown, KimberlyRobison, Kreyol, LaurentDubois, LeylaMcCalla, ModernSoundsInCountryAndWesternMusic, MorrisonHotelGallery, mountainmusic, MumfordAndSons, Music, NeilYoung, NewOrleans, News, NoDAPL, NorthCarolina, OldCrowMedicineShow, OldTimey, outlaw country, photography, podcast, prewarstringbandmusic, RisingSons, SchomburgCenter, singersongwriter, Songbird, Soul, South, SouthCarolina, southernbelles, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, swirl, TajMahal, Television, TheAvettBrothers, TheBanjoAmericasAfricanInstrument, Tsalagi, Twang, WeAreStillHere, westerns | Leave a comment
Beautiful poster art in my favorite color, by our brother-in-struggle Kyle Goen #kyledidthis
December 7, 2016 | Categories: Live, Red Road, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: AbiodunOyewole, Activism, Art, Artists, ArtistsSpace, artivist, Black Snake Killas, BlackAtlantic, blackcontemporaryart, BlackHistory, BlackLivesMatter, BlackRockCoalition, CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, Country Music, CountryandWestern, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, DecolonizeThisPlace, DefendTheSacred, femalesingersongwriters, folk, FolkMusic, FolkRock, FreedomSongs, FreePalestine, grassrootsartists, Icons, IndependentArtists, IndianCountry, Indigenous, InMemoriam, IStandWithStandingRock, JeffMcLaughlin, Kandia Crazy Horse, Karline, KimberlyRobison, KyleGoen, MahinaMovement, Music, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, outlaw country, Palestine, PeteSeeger, poetry, Protect The Sacred, Race, radicals, RadioFreeDixie, rap, RebelMusic, RebelMusicInTheHourOfChaos, RedRoad, RobFields, singersongwriter, SingOut, Sisterhood, Slavery, SlaveTrade, Solidarity, Songbird, Soul, South, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingRockSiouxTribe, TheFutureIsFemale, TheLastPoets, Water Is Life, WaterNotOil, WaterProtectors | Leave a comment
“Rebel Music In The Hour Of Chaos:” Music emanates directly from my indigenous soul. Therefore, it immediately made sense for me to perform my music again this year as a soundtrack to our overlapping struggles – including #NoDAPL. Sounds, including freedom songs past & present, most powerfully link us together & amplify what’s transpiring from the actions in the streets. I was born in the Season of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going’ On,” an album that dominated my childhood as the strivings for Total Revolution continued past the 1960s societal upheaval; and the inspiration to become an artist-activist sprang from that era. I remain under the influence of rebel music from many artists and cultures – Please join us on Monday 12 December @ Decolonize This Place. 55 Walker St, TriBeCa NYC (Doors 8pm). when we will perform some songs of protest & be in conversation about our activism with Brotha Rob Fields (Bold As Love / Black Rock Coalition) – A’ho! Cactus Rose ft. Special Guests: Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets) & Mahina Movement
This may be our final show of 2016, so we really appreciate you coming through & all of your support during the many Standing Rock resistance actions – Wopila tanka, y’all
( Afro-Native sisterhood from Virginia: Kimberly Robison/KAR & Kandia Crazy Horse of Cactus Rose, Native Americana / cosmic country band, @ Decolonize This Place in TriBeCa this past Sunday for Black Art & Activism Now, curated by Dr. Camara Holloway & Tavia Nyong’o (Yale University) )
( preliminary poster for REBEL MUSIC IN THE HOUR OF CHAOS by artist Kyle Goen (Decolonize This Place/MTO Collective) #KyleDidThis )
( Jeff McLaughlin, lead guitarist / vocals of Cactus Rose )
( Kandia Crazy Horse with Lorena, Vaimoana & Gabby of Mahina Movement @ Decolonize This Place NYC )
( Kandia Crazy Horse & Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets – Cactus Rose Instagram: @cactusroselovesyou )
December 7, 2016 | Categories: Live, Red Road, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: 99MileMarch, AbiodunOyewole, Activism, Activist, AfroChesapeake, Afrohippies, AfroLatino, AfroNative, AfroPunk, AfroTexas, AltCountry, Americana, AmericanHistory, AmericanSlavery, Ameripolitan, AnneMarieForrester, Artists, BlackArtAndActivismNow, BlackArtsMovement, BlackAtlantic, blackcontemporaryart, BlackHillbilly, BlackHistory, BlackLivesMatter, BlackRockCoalition, BlackSnakeKillas, blackwomenartists, BoldAsLove, BrianJackson, CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, Country, Country Music, CountryandWestern, CountryGirls, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, countryrock, countrysinger, DecolonizeThisPlace, Dixie, femaleartists, femalesingersongwriters, folk, Folkie, FolkMusic, FolkRock, Folksingers, Georgia, GeorgiaPeach, GeorgiaRoots, GilScottHeron, grassrootsartists, Icons, IndependentArtists, Indigenous, IStandWithStandingRock, JeffMcLaughlin, Kandia Crazy Horse, KimberlyRobison, KyleGoen, Latina, Latinx, MniWiconi, ModernSoundsInCountryAndWesternMusic, Moon, Music, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NYC, NYC2StandingRock, NYStandsWithStandingRock, OccupyGuitarmy, OccupyMusic, outlaw country, PaulRobeson, PeteSeeger, poetry, PolynesianCulture, Prayer, ProtectTheSacred, ProtestMusic, PublicEnemy, radicals, RadioFreeDixie, rap, RebelMusic, RebelMusicInTheHourOfChaos, RobFields, SingOut, South, SplitRock, spokenword, TheFutureIsFemale, TheLastPoets, Virginia, Water Is Life, Water Is Life Solidarity Concert, WaterNotOil, WaterProtectors, WoodlandsIndians, WoodyGuthrie | Leave a comment
Last night in Harlem, I attended the Democracy Now 20th anniversary celebration @ Riverside Church – by the grace & generosity of my filmmaker friend Jonathan (his footage from the past long weekend @ Standing Rock may be on the Tavis Smiley show tonight on PBS). This photograph is from just after I sang “This Land Is Your Land” in the nave @ Riverside with Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine). They’d been spinning Woody Guthrie before the event & I reckon a Steve Earle version of the tune. I had been musing deeply on Woody, Pete Seeger, Madiba, my honorary uncle Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael)’s funeral in the same space & that MLK Jr denounced the Vietnam War from that pulpit. Singing in this sanctified Harlem space by the Hudson riverside got me fired up for next week’s rebel music program @ Decolonize #AllPowerToThePeople #CactusRose #KandiaCrazyHorse #artist #activist #indigenousrevolutionary #DemocracyNow20 #SingOut!!!
( Tom Morello by Kandia Crazy Horse )
Another photo from “Celebrate 20 Years of Democracy Now!” that Gina Belafonte sent me during the event. Although they knew each other previously, this was the first time Noam Chomsky & Harry Belafonte shared a platform according to him. What I loved best about Uncle Harry’s portion: he referred to Standing Rock & remade the call to Obama — as per my own wish throughout Walking Eagle’s presidency — to pardon Leonard Peltier. Accompanied by Democracy Now‘s footage @ Standing Rock & other indigenous resistance actions including those of Idle No More, I felt good to have our issues addressed on the date of the camps’ eviction (5 December). This discussion with the icons plus show hosts Amy Goodman & Juan Gonzalez occurred right before Patti Smith took the stage with a guitarist & her daughter Jesse on piano (a generational sonic nurturing I was glad to bear witness to as a female singer-songwriter & activist) to sing a forceful rendition of “People Got The Power” to a standing ovation.
( Noam Chomsky & Harry Belafonte sharing a platform for the first time – Democracy Now 20 @ Riverside Church in Harlem, by Gina Belafonte )
I am grateful I got to attend the event, be inspired by the speakers including Danny Glover & Danny DeVito, and, impromptu, be invited to sing a song for the people by one of our most hallowed American artist-activist icons, Woody Guthrie. Still musing on the takeaway from this celebration & will be sure to express it at my own protest music conversation/concert next week in Manhattan. Please join us in TriBeCa on the evening of 12/12 – We The People have many more reasons now in the Americas to #SingOut!!!
( Kandia Crazy Horse, singer/songwriter/indigenous activist of Cactus Rose, Native Americana / country music band, @ Riverside Church in Manhattan, after Democracy Now 20 )
December 7, 2016 | Categories: Live, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: AfroNative, AmyGoodman, CactusRoseBand, Country Music, CountryandWestern, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, countryrock, countrysinger, Dakota Access Pipeline, DakotaAccessPipelineResistance, DannyGlover, DefendTheSacred, DemocracyNow, EnvironmentalCauses, femaleartists, FemaleRockCritics, femalesingersongwriters, FolkMusic, Folksingers, Harlem, HarryBelafonte, Icons, IdleNoMore, IndependentArtists, IndependentJournalism, Indigenous, IStandWithStandingRock, JonathanDemme, JuanGonzalez, Kandia Crazy Horse, KwameTure, Legends, LeonardPeltier, LoveWaterNotOil, Madiba, MartinLutherKingJr, MniWiconi, Music, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, NativeLivesMatter, News, NoAIM, NoamChomsky, NoDAPL, NYC2StandingRock, NYStandsWithStandingRock, PattiSmith, PattiSmithGroup, PaulRobeson, PeteSeeger, ProgressiveMedia, ProtestMusic, RageAgainstTheMachine, RezpectOurWater, RiversideChurch, rockcritics, singersongwriter, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, StandingRockSiouxTribe, Television, TheFutureIsFemale, TomMorello, VietnamWar, WaterProtectors, WoodyGuthrie | Leave a comment
Just returned a bit earlier from my twin Camara’s #blackartandactivismnow event in TriBeCa @ our home away from home #DecolonizeThisPlace — fortunately, my Black Rock Coalition/Bold As Love good friend/compadre Rob Fields was seated by me at the program, sharing the digital smoke signals about the #NoDAPL good news with me during the panel & then, upon returning home, got a ring from my friend Jonathan from the camps @ the frontline in North Dakota giving the confirmation that the easement was not granted to ETA – if they git’er done, Jonathan’s footage will appear on the Tavis Smiley show on PBS Tuesday night. I finally truly believe in the power of prayer, happy to see such a great outcome after many months of organizing, laboring, marching, rallying & of course, singing, in support of #StandingRock.
Yet this is not the end, for we #blacksnakekillers of the Tri-State must be heartened by this result & continue to fight to #StopSpectra #NoAIM #NoAlgonquinPipeline & I remain #standinginsolidaritywithsplitrock >>>>>>>—–))—>♥ Sometimes we on the right side of history can prevail & conscience trumps greed and corruption. Thank you, President Barack H. “Walking Eagle” Obama & the Army Corps for your action!
Overjoyed that we water protectors have won! The Dakota Access Pipeline will be re-routed, which is a hard-won victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe & rest of the Oceti Sakowin. The ordered environmental impact statement will take months to complete, so it’s not all over & done yet. Still, we celebrate this huge victory & I will report back on the gnosis and mood of tomorrow night’s Democracy Now! event held by Harry Belafonte & Danny Glover et al @ Harlem’s Riverside Church – A’ho!
ARMY HALTS CONSTRUCTION OF DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE!
December 5, 2016 | Categories: Live, Red Road, Showout, Uncategorized | Tags: Activist, Algonquin, AlgonquinPipeline, ArmyCorpsOfEngineers, Art, artist, Artists, ArtistsSpace, artivist, BarackObama, BlackArtAndActivismNow, BlackArtsMovement, DakotaAccessPipeline, DannyGlover, DecolonizeThisPlace, DemocracyNow, ETA, HarryBelafonte, IndependentArtists, Indigenous, JonathanDemme, Kandia Crazy Horse, MniWiconi, Music, native, NativeAmerican, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NYC, NYC2StandingRock, NYStandsWithStandingRock, OcetiSakowin, Prayer, RobFields, Standing Rock Lakota Reservation, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, StandingRockSiouxTribe, StandingWithStandingRock, StopSpectra, USPresidents, Water Is Life, WaterNotOil, WaterProtectors | Leave a comment
Here’s a snap by youngblood Claude from last night @ Decolonize This Place, just before the sistren of protest music trio Mahina Movement sang a mighty powerful song In The Spirit of 1491. Contributing some guest vocals — impromptu, I joined them on singing “Ella’s Song” by Sweet Honey In The Rock, and some other tunes — & bearing witness to the live recording of their album for Palestine was a great way to end Native American Heritage Month.
(L-R) Kandia Crazy Horse, singer/songwriter/activist of Cactus Rose; Mahina Movement: Lorena Ambrosio (vocals, cajon, spoken word), Vaimoana Litia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu (vocals, spoken word) & Gabby (vocals, guitar), activists
We be #strongresilientindigenous & we’re looking forward to performing together come 12 December, back @ Decolonize in TriBeCa – A’ho!
#womenwarriorwednesdays #femalesingersongwriters #artists #activists #indigenousrevolutionaries #tbt #NoDAPL #FreePalestine
December 1, 2016 | Categories: Live, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, Activist, Art, Artists, artivist, BerniceJohnsonReagon, Black, BlackPower50, blackwomenartists, CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, Concert, ContemporaryArt, Country, CountryandWestern, CountryGirls, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, CountryMusic, countrysinger, DecolonizeThisPlace, ElectricLadies, EllaBaker, femaleartists, femalesingersongwriters, folk, FolkMusic, Folksingers, FreedomSongs, FreePalestine, GeorgiaRoots, IndependentArtists, Indigenous, IndigenousFutures, Kandia Crazy Horse, LiveMusic, LiveRecording, MahinaMovement, Muses, Music, News, NoDAPL, NYC, NYStandsWithStandingRock, Palestine, poetess, poetry, ProtestMusic, RebelMusic, rock, rockandroll, Sisterhood, Solidarity, spokenword, supportlivemusic, SweetHoneyInTheRock, TheFutureIsFemale, TriBeCa, WomenWarriors | Leave a comment
As I have been these many months, I continue to be engaged in the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance in solidarity with the Oceti Sakowin of North Dakota – & now, supporting Split Rock as well (sanctioned by Red Warrior Camp), in solidarity with my cousin’s wife’s people, the Ramapough Lunaape of New Jersey, in order to stop the construction of the Algonquin Pipeline. Due to the escalation of attacks on the water protectors @ Standing Rock last Sunday night, I am receiving many communications on the cause & have now been invited to perform at yet another benefit for the camps, which will take place in NYC before Christmas. Other things are afoot as well & will relate about them as they unfold. Glad to note my Virginia Native great aunt is taking up flooding the phones to the president & state representatives with her circle of elders on behalf of Standing Rock!
( Kandia Crazy Horse, water protector, in Midtown NYC #mniwiconi #NoDAPL #NoAIM #defendthesacred #blacksnakekillers of Turtle Island )
For now, reflecting on having participated in the rally > march for Standing Rock last Wednesday @ Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan & then performing at the Benefit For Water Protectors of #StandingRock on Friday night — making our debut as Cactus Rose at Brooklyn’s famed Jalopy Theater for ole-timey/hillbilly/folk/mountain music. It was an honor to serve as the headliner for this benefit, with our special guest: Seminole/Shawnee/Mikisúkî singer/songwriter/activist Lonnie Moon Fire Harrington. I have been told by the organizer that the event raised almost $2,000 in donations, so – Wopila tanka to all who came through!
Enjoying these last days of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth — before band rehearsals resume for our full slate of December performances & attending two events this week for artists I greatly admire: tomorrow’s BET screening of the Sharon Jones documentary (in memoriam) & the private viewing of Morrison Hotel Gallery’s traveling Neil Young exhibit in SoHo on Thursday evening. Looking forward to seeing y’all out-n-about, as well as at the Standing Rock teach-in later this week @ Decolonize This Place – A’ho!
( Cactus Rose, Native Americana/cosmic country band, debut @ Jalopy Theater – pix by Jan Bell of The Maybelles )
November 28, 2016 | Categories: Live, Red Road, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, Activist, AfroNative, AltCountry, Artists, artivist, Benefit, BlackSnakeKillas, CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, Concert, Country, CountryandWestern, CountryGirls, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, CountryMusic, countryrock, countrysinger, DecolonizeThisPlace, DefendTheSacred, Honor The Treaties, Icons, IndependentArtists, IndianKiller, IndianPoint, Indigenous, InMemoriam, IStandWithStandingRock, JalopyTheater, JanBell, Kandia Crazy Horse, MniWiconi, Muses, Music, NationalDayofAction, native, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, NeilYoung, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NYC, NYC2StandingRock, NYStandsWithStandingRock, outlaw country, RamapoughLunaape, RezpectOurWater, SharonJones, southernbelles, SplitRock, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, StandingRockSiouxTribe, StandingWithStandingRock, StopSpectra, TheMaybelles | Leave a comment
Howdy y’all / Osiyo skidoi, all my relations! I have not been able to report back much nor update this site, due to all the many #StandingRock actions & Native American circle pre-thanksgiving ceremonies & events I had over this past weekend & some. Among other events, I sang some of my Native Americana music @ the opening of Urban Native exhibit Cave To The Stars – Urban Natives Unrecognized @ Bread & Roses Project Gallery in Midtown last Thursday; I did #HonoringOurAncestors with the central Harlem Native circle on Saturday, followed by the Thunderbird American Indian Benefit Auction that night on the Upper East Side. And still working on my #LeonRussell memorial article, even as I rehearse for this Friday’s Benefit For Water Protectors concert in Brooklyn @ Jalopy Theater. Ho wa, will share some pix of all this activity by-and-by, but now am learning new songs & also preparing for tomorrow’s Standing Rock action in Midtown – if you somehow missed the horrible news of the chemical weaponry, water cannons & rubber bullets unleashed on the Standing Rock water protectors Sunday night in sub-freezing temperatures & its fallout, now is the time to become aware & join us in these support actions & by donating to the camps. I am receiving many communications suddenly from friends who have been relatively apathetic pre-election & several fellow country / Americana artists now querying me about the Standing Rock resistance; so it will be interesting to see how this continues to unfold & whether President “Walking Eagle” Obama will finally do something definitive in response to these unconscionable attacks on my prayerful relations out West. Still enjoying #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth somewhat — despite the unceasing musical losses: sadly, #SharonJones has walked on, claimed by the same cancer that took my dear mother. This has cast a further pall on the holiday week. A’ho*
Art for tomorrow’s #StandingRock action, by my brotha-in-struggle Kyle Goen #kyledidthis
& a lil’ lighthearted #ThrowbackTuesday snap by #NedSublette of me & my brothas Teddy K aka DJ Soul Punk & Cap’n #KirkDouglas of #TheRoots (the last time I got to see Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings live was @ The Roots Picnic in Philly) @ my live #BlackHillbilly #countryandwestern music series #TheHarlemHonkytonk #SaddleUp!
The Guardian UK on 300 WATER PROTECTORS INJURED AT STANDING ROCK report
November 22, 2016 | Categories: Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, Activist, AfroNative, AltCountry, Americana, AmericanHistory, Ancestors, artist, Benefit, BoldAsLove, Brooklyn, BrooklynAmericanaFestival, BrooklynCountry, Cancer, Country, Country Music, CountryandWestern, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, countryrock, countrysinger, DapKings, DJSoulPunk, grassrootsartists, Honor The Treaties, HonorTheEarth, IndependentArtists, Indigenous, InMemoriam, JalopyTheater, Kandia Crazy Horse, KirkDouglas, Legends, LeonRussell, mountainmusic, Muses, Music, NationalDayofAction, native, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, NativeLivesMatter, NedSublette, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NorthDakota, NYC, NYC2StandingRock, NYStandsWithStandingRock, OldTimey, RezpectOurWater, RootsMusic, SharonJones, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingRockSiouxReservation, StopSpectra, TheBanjoAmericasAfricanInstrument, TheRoots, Water Is Life, Water Is Life Solidarity Concert, WaterNotOil, WaterProtectors | Leave a comment
As a fan/supporter of the Americana & Alt-Country scenes for decades, as well as a longtime rock journalist/music editor covering the country genre, I became aware of Brooklyn’s Jalopy Theater at its inception & used to frequent it a lot in the earlier days of its existence when I socialized with a lot of rural transplants to the City from elsewhere in Mainland America. Since I started writing songs & then playing out, have long wished to play there for Jalopy is the main equivalent in NYC to what the Nashville country Mother Church, the Ryman, provided for generations of hillbilly singers & players during the 20th century. So I am pleased that I am finally making my debut appearance @ Jalopy Theater on 25 November, with my new Native Americana / Cosmic Country band Cactus Rose: Jeff McLaughlin (guitar, vocals), Evan Taylor (drums), Hilary Hawke (banjo, vocals) & our frequent guest star, Seminole elder/artist/activist Lonnie Harrington (guitar, vocals). Thanks to the organizer of this benefit for the water protectors of Standing Rock that we are performing in support of: Jan Bell of the Maybelles & #BrooklynAmericanaFestival
( My picker, Jeff McLaughlin, with his signature Heritage guitar, during our Cactus Rose band rehearsal this afternoon, High Harlem NYC – We are pleased to continue our activism & being of service via our art on behalf of Standing Rock — as well as the Split Rock — water protectors in North Dakota & New Jersey #mniwiconi #NoDAPL #NoAIM #StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock #LoveWillWin )
It will be fun to again share a bill with the husband of my dear sistahfriend & fellow Georgia Peach, Amanda Jo Williams, that I have sung with for years: Matthew O’Neill – Matthew’s also a big Neil Young fancier & we commune often about Neil’s sounds & Native lore; so great timing to do a show with him during Native American Heritage Month & right after Thanksgiving. Looking forward! Nee Ah Nee – A’ho*
November 16, 2016 | Categories: Live, Red Road, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, Activist, AfroNative, AmandaJoWilliams, Americana, Appalachia, Benefit, Brooklyn, BrooklynAmericanaFestival, BrooklynCountry, CactusRose, Concert, Country, CountryandWestern, CountryGirls, CountryMusic, countryrock, countrysinger, Georgia, GeorgiaPeach, grassrootsartists, JalopyTheater, JanBell, Kandia Crazy Horse, MatthewONeill, MniWiconi, mountainmusic, Music, native, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, News, NYC, NYC2StandingRock, Protect The Sacred, ProtestMusic, RezpectOurWater, Seminole, Sounds, SplitRock, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, StandingRockSiouxTribe, StandingWithStandingRock, supportlivemusic, Thanksgiving, Water Is Life, WaterNotOil, WaterProtectors, WomenWarriors | Leave a comment
Last night, I received Supermoon Medicine & then journeyed to the television station of Bronxnet to serve as a guest artist-activist on Fierce-Truthseeker’s (Tsalagi) show The Red Road East, which covers art, entertainment & political issues of Indian Country. As you may recall, I was the guest on the first-ever episode of the program & was happy to be asked back again — specifically for Native American Heritage Month — to speak on the Standing Rock & Split Rock resistance movement in the NYC / Northeast area, what actions we have done & plan for the future & promote the upcoming Standing Rock benefits I will be doing here: on 25 November @ Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn & the weekend of 16 December on Manhattan’s Upper East Side @ Ibex Puppetry. Additionally, I will be doing an artists & activism program on the current state of protest music, back at Decolonize This Place in TriBeCa on 12 December, with my Native Americana / Cosmic Country band Cactus Rose & special guest Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets. Stay tuned / follow me on Instagram for posters, ticket links & updates on these events.
When The Red Road East airs, will share the footage here for y’all outside the local NYC network. The Standing Rock benefits of Neil Young, Jackson Browne & Dave Matthews have gotten a lot more notice than the efforts of our grassroots collective of activists & generally, it’s difficult to get the media to pay attention to the creation of independent musicians without multi-million dollar teams behind them. Yet we are trying hard with very few resources to contribute to the cause with an all-female artists lineup Standing Rock benefit – the one slated for mid-December — to remind people that, despite the election outcome, #TheFutureIsFemale …So we thank you heartily for your support & for coming through to the concerts. I am a mite weary, but enjoying #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth to the fullest! A’ho*
( Kandia Crazy Horse @ Bronxnet studios, before the live taping on “The Red Road East” )
( Kandia Crazy Horse of Cactus Rose & Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets @ Bronxnet, after the taping of “The Red Road East” #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth x #BlackPower50 #indigenousfutures #IStandWithStandingRock )
(The set / studio of “The Red Road East” hosted by Fierce-Truthseeker #Tsalagi #Cherokee)
“Those who damage Mother Earth, damage us all / Forgive them / They don’t yet see”
– Neil Young
November 15, 2016 | Categories: Airplay, Interviews, Live, Red Road, Showout, Uncategorized | Tags: AbiodunOyewole, Activism, AfroNative, AlgonquinPipeline, Americana, AmericanHistory, Ancestors, Artists, artivist, Benefit, Black, BlackArtsMovement, BlackHistory, BlackPower50, BlackSnakeKillas, blackwomenartists, Bronxnet, Brooklyn, BrooklynCountry, Cherokee, Dakota Access Pipeline, DakotaAccessPipelineResistance, DecolonizeThisPlace, femaleartists, FierceTruthseeker, FreedomSongs, grassrootsartists, IbexPuppetry, Icons, IndependentArtists, IndianPoint, Indigenous, IStandWithStandingRock, JalopyTheater, Kandia Crazy Horse, MichaelLizzmoreJr, Music, native, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, NativeLivesMatter, NeilYoung, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NorthDakota, NYC, poetry, Protect The Sacred, ProtestMusic, rap, SplitRock, spokenword, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StopSpectra, Supermoon, Television, TheFutureIsFemale, TheLastPoets, TheRedRoadEast, Tsalagi | Leave a comment
Some of the great photography that’s come in from Afro-Native artist & milliner from Texas, Kimberly Robison / KAR. I look forward to performing with her here in NYC next month, as well as being involved with various actions on behalf of Indian Country. When I did the same march up Wickquasgeck back in early August with Brooke & Luis of Eagle & Condor Community Center, there were only 10 of us. So it was heartfelt & illuminating that so many have come to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock in the time since – A’ho*
#mniwiconi #IStandWithStandingRock #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth
(With my fellow NYC artist Cheadah, upon our arrival @ 107th Street)
(In the sage smoke…)
(Kandia by Kimberly / KAR in my “Karen Dalton” hat)
November 10, 2016 | Categories: Showout, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, Activist, Americana, Ancestors, Artists, Country, Kandia Crazy Horse, Karline, KimberlyRobison, Muses, Music, NativeAmerican, News, NYC, NYCPrayerMarchInSupportOfTheStandingRockSiouxNation, NYStandsWithStandingRock, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, StandingRockSiouxTribe, Texas, Virginia | Leave a comment