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
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
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