CONTEMPORARY NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC
The thunderous sound of a Pow Wow Drum, power chords and finger pick'in, echoes of Native American Flute, the music of Keith Secola and Wild Band of Indians.
"The Human race, is the face of all people, different tongues,one heart."--Keith Secola
Native folk & blues rocker Keith Secola is an accomplished artist: award-winning musician, guitarist and native flute player; singer, songwriter, and producer. His music is familiar to thousands of fans across North America and Europe. Keith's famous song,"NDN KARS" is considered the contemporary Native American anthem and is the most requested song on Native radio in the US and Canada. Keith Secola is Anishinabe (Ojibwa) originally from the Mesabi Iron Range country of northern Minnesota, now residing in Arizona. He's a member of the Anishinabe Nation of northern Minnesota and southern Ontario,Canada.
Keith Secola is a seven-time Native American Music Awards winner receiving numerous Nammy nominations in various categories.
Winner: Artist of the Year,
Best Folk/Country Recording,
Best Blues/Jazz Recording,
Best Independent Recording,
Best Linguistic Recording,
Best Instrumental Recording
Nominations for: Songwriter of the Year, Record of the Year,
Song/Single of the Year, Best Historical Recording.
In 2011, Keith Secola was inducted into the
Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame,
joining Jimmy Hendrix, Hank Williams,
Crystal Gayle, Richie Valens among other inductees.
For immediate release from Akina Records:
Life is Grand Keith Secola
Available through: CD BABY, iTunes, Rhapsody, CD Baby, Reverbnation, www.secola.com, and at live shows
Life is Grand is Keith Secola’s highly anticipated sixth album. The seventeen track compilation features an all new Punk version of the cult classic NDN Kars and is a mash up of the generations with Secola’s son Keith on drums, his son’s friend Joey Dougherty on guitar and vocals, and his long time band member James Vickers on bass. Other tracks include: Say Your Name, a song seasoned with the haunting sound of the Native flute and dedicated to the survivors of Indian Residential/Boarding School. The hard-hitting cultural and historical commentary Open the Door—a live show fan-favourite, and King by Now a melody that oozes raw with longing. A member of the Native Music Hall of Fame, Secola has been dubbed as the Native versions of both Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, and is known in many circles as one of North America’s most eclectic musicians. He delivers yet again with a new level of artistic mastery, balancing heavy electric rock chords (Underground Overdose) with meticulously woven acoustic dreams (International Dateline and Humbelina). Life is Grand picks up where songs like Kokopeli Blues and Old Trader left off on his previous album Native Americana, with a mature element of reflection (World’s Strongest Man and Nowhere Fast) and a determined vein of rejuvenation (4 Those to Come and Little Bird). As a special treat for hard core Secola fans, the compilation also includes a few sample tracks from his upcoming and long awaited rock opera Seeds. Built on a solid foundation of the straight up good stuff that makes Rock classic, illuminated by a traditional Native American perspective, and full of innovative and surprising tricks and turns, Life is Grand offers listeners a diverse auditory experience at the hands of a true American grassroots treasure.
Produced by Bano Kola
Engineered by Jeff Merkel
Recorded at AUM Audio, Mesa, AZ
Mixed by Jeff Merkel and Jalapaz at AUM Audio, Mesa, AZ
Christmas Time and NDN Kars (Punk Rock)
Engineered by Christian Leefeldt
Recorded at CREATIVE SPIRIT STUDIOS, Tempe, AZ
Mastered by David Gardner, Magneto Mastering, Minneapolis, MN
Manufactered by Noizeland, Minneapolis, MN Original Artwork on disc and jacket liners:
Christi Belcourt, www.christibelcourt.com
Cover photo: Tony Sandin, Stockholm, Sweden
Say Your Name (3:39)
4 Those to Come (3:59)
Life is Grand (3:18)
Underground Overdose (4:08)
NDN Kars [Punk] (2:06)
Christmas Time (3:17)
Open the Door (3:10)
What They Got Away With (4:10)
Nowhere Fast (3:43)
King By Now (3:53)
International Dateline (2:21)
Best Thing (3:06)
Little Bird (2:35)
World's Strongest Man (3:21)
You Are the Light (4:17)
Come To Me (3:18)
Videos to be released: Say Your Name features stirring art from Liz Amini-Holmes and photographs from residential school survivor Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, both from Pokiak-Fenton’s illustrated memoirs FATTY LEGS (Annick Press 2010) and STRANGER AT HOME (Annick Press 2011)
NDN Kars (Punk) the spirit of this latest incarnation of the cult classic is amped up with incredible footage of the Apache Skate Team.
Videos available through: Youtube and iTunes
About Keith Secola: An icon and ambassador of Native music, Secola is affiliated with the Anishinabe tribe and is one of the most influential artists in the field today. He builds on his Native roots, but transcends the traditional with a confident musical mastery that spans several genres. An award winning singer, songwriter, musician, composer and producer, he joined the ranks of Jimmy Hendrix, Hank Williams, Crystal Gale and Richie Valens in 2011and was inducted in the Native Music Hall of Fame. His five previous albums have received international acclaim, and his cult classic song NDN KARS is considered the contemporary Native American National anthem, firmly holding its place as the number one requested song on tribal radio since its release in 1992. In addition, Secola has scored music for films and documentaries, and has worked with some of the most recognizable names in the industry, to include Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead. A highly skilled musician with the guitar, flute, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and piano, he maintains a heavy touring schedule performing in North America and Europe, in small grassroots venues and on big festival stages. For more information, please check out: http://www.secola.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Akina Records: http://www.secola.com (480)303-0655