Genres: Blues
Tags: blues rock blues rock native american guitar Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Bluesy hard rock is not usually associated with American Indians, but bands such as Indigenous prove to be an anomaly. Originating from the Nakota Sioux Nation, the members of Indigenous were raised on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota, USA, and include two brothers, Mato Nanji (vocals/guitar) and Pte (bass), a sister, Wandbi (drums), plus a cousin, Horse (percussion). An early major musical influence came in the form of the sibling’s father, Greg Zephier, a Native American rights activist and music fan, who turned his kin on to Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, and Jimi Hendrix. The Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray asked the quartet to contribute a track to a benefit CD she was organizing, 1997’s Honor The Earth, which led to label interest in the band. A recording contract with the Pachyderm label soon followed, as did their debut, Things We Do, in 1998. A year later, Indigenous was asked to tour alongside bluesman B.B. King on his Blues Festival tour,...

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