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by Clear Water Drum

This CD has three Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA) nominations! Upbeat & danceable, Indie Alternative Folk/Country Native American sung in Cherokee.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Everlasting Vows
5:27 $0.99
2. Daily Blessings
5:19 $0.99
3. Indigenous
4:47 $0.99
4. Love Is Powerful
5:04 $0.99
5. Universal Prayer
4:43 $0.99
6. Wedding Prayer
4:52 $0.99
7. Good Day to Dance
5:15 $0.99
8. Free Thinker
5:31 $0.99
9. Mending the Sacred Hoop
5:21 $0.99
10. The Red Road
5:03 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"The latest work from Clear Water drum is superb… this album is one of those albums you must keep within reach at all times. This album volume eleven continues the magnificent sounds of the band that clearly open your ears and mind to what really matters. It makes one feel and realize what we all share in common with each other, 'love.'" -- Steven Adams, Music Blogger

Alii means Friendship. The upbeat, danceable songs feature a range of acoustic folk and country instruments, in addition to the percussion we’ve always built our music on. Just to be clear, the big powwow drum remains the foundation of every song. There is no rock and roll style drum kit on any of our songs. What we’ve done on this CD is added acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, mandola and bass.

Our CD Ayosgi (Soldier), was dedicated to our veterans. Two songs on that CD received nominations for major national awards. “Ameliga,” a prayer song for our country, was nominated for Best Spiritual Recording at the Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA). This was the second ISMA nomination we’ve received, the first being for Best Traditional Drum for the song “Iyelidi” (Imagine) on our CD Itsula (Together).

Also on Ayosgi, our “Honor Song to Lori Piestewa” was nominated for a NAMMY (Native American Music Awards) for Best Folk Recording. Lori Piestewa was the 1st First Nations woman to die in combat for the United States.
It can be a little tough to categorize our new music, but indie folk/alternative country seems to be about right given the available categories.

The Appalachians are an area of the country where there was a lot of blending of Native and European culture, which contributed to the incredibly rich and vibrant musical heritage of the region. It’s an area that gave rise to much of what we now think of as folk or country music. We’ve been fascinated with this blend of heritages, and we’ve found our own way to interpret the fusing of these two very different musical roots.

Despite their cultural differences, dancing has always been an important part of both Native and Appalachian culture, and this music is built to get you out of your seat and get your feet dancing!



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