June 21st is National Aboriginal Day in Canada. What will you be doing to celebrate? …read more »
Guitarist and singer/ songwriter Derek Miller is a journeyman musician with eclectic taste and a knack for roots inflected rock. In the late ’90s he toured with iconic Canadian vocalist Buffy Sainte-Marie but was also garnered a Juno for both his debut album, ‘Music Is the Medicine’ and sophomore album ‘The Dirty Looks’ in 2008 and a nomination for Derek Miller with Double Trouble featuring the single ‘Damned if you Do’ a duet with Willie Nelson. Derek’s latest album ‘Rumble’ takes us to the heart of Native Americana romanticism. Musicians everywhere have been inspired by Native history and culture, have been active in contemporary popular music for nearly a century. The signature artists featured on this CD represent the diversity of Native achievement in American mainstream music. Derek Miller is a dynamic performer, whether you catch him live or are listening to his studio albums, you can get a real sense of an artist striving for the pursuit of perfection in his work and life.
What started as a two-artist tour five years ago has grown into a near touring festival of 12 of the hottest names in Indigenous music. …read more »
Indigenous media is on the rise in NDN Country and 6 Arrows Media is the latest out of the gate. Their new music series, the #6AMSessions, launched on November 1st with a live concert straight outta Six Nations. …read more »
2013 was a very good year for Indigenous music. Here are our favourite reasons why it’s an incredible time to tune in. We’re still here—and we’re still making amazing music. …read more »
Idle No More: Songs for Life Vol. 1 is the first of an ongoing series of free downloadable compilations of songs by artists who support the vision of Idle No More, Indigenous and allies. Volume 1 features a broad and diverse array of artists – everyone from Derek Miller (whose contribution, 7 Lifetimes, is a brand new track inspired by Chief Theresa Spence), to John K. Samson of the Weakerthans. …read more »
Artists are rapidly giving voice to the #IdleNoMore movement in word, dance and song and we’re sharing the latest sounds from Indian Country’s finest. But it’s not just round dances anymore. …read more »
The 2012 APCMAs—the 7th annual Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards—took place November 1st and 2nd in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Two nights of celebrating Indigenous music, one long list of winners! Here is a complete list of the 2012 APCMA award winners. …read more »
At a press conference in Winnipeg this morning, the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award nominees were announced. Read the full list of nominees here. …read more »
It’s summer 2012 and RPM has another guide to Indigenous musicians representing at music festivals this year.
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New across our desk is this radio documentary by journalist Dustin McGladrey on Indigenous musicians in rock and blues. …read more »