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2023 GAËNÖ’ BROCK STONEFISHBrock Stonefish- (Lenape, Oneida, Chippewa) has been North America for the last 20 years as a performing singer/songwriter and Blues/jazz guitarist. He’s opened for BB King and has shared the bill with the likes of Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Barenaked Ladies. He tours regularly with film legend Gary Farmer. As a result of their close friendship, Farmer has produced Brock’s debut studio album, Turtle Island (  In addition to his work as a musician, he’s a master guitar builder that has started the Indigenous Youth Guitar Giveaway. Brock knows the healing power of music and has dedicated considerable time and resources giving back to youth from Indigenous communities across North America ( Tune in to hear our chat about all of this and so much more. Enjoy!https://www.brockstonefish.com Brock Stonefish- Talking Tree02 Janel Munoa- Glowing Flowers03 Gary Farmer & the Troublemakers- Stripped Me Naked04 Brock Stonefish- Residential Redemption05 DDAT- Losing My Mind06 Pappy Johns Band- Be There When I Need You07 Brock Stonefish- Mom’s Jingle Dress08 Beatrice Deer- You’re With Me09 PJ Vegas- NSOM Outro
Kristi Lane Sinclair (Haida/Cree), raised in British Columbia, currently living along the Campbell River in Vancouver is a classically trained rocker. With 5 albums already under her belt, she’s made waves in the Indigenous Music Scene, particularly with her previous release, The Ability to Judge Distance. Born out of pain, her latest offering, Super Blood Wolf Moon, embodies the true spirit of Rock and Roll.. “Anger and love are the main driving forces at the heart of the album” and it “reflects the harrowing experiences women suffer at the hands of domestic abusers.”  Recorded at Jukasa Studios in Ohsweken with Juno nominated singer/songwriter Terra Lightfoot producing, Kristi expertly balances thoughtful lyrics with catchy hooks and beats in a way that’ll keep you captivated from start to finish. Tune in to our hear our chat and enjoy some of the finest new rock tunes from the one and only Kristi Lane Sinclair. Enjoy!https://www.kristilanesinclair.ca Kristi Lane Sinclair- Dogfish Woman02 Kristi Lane Sinclair- Heartbites03 Pura Fe Trio- Woman Sacred04 Andrina Turenne- See Me Through the Night05 Kristi Lane Sinclair- Break (Ft Kelly Fraser)06 Raye Zaragoza- Fight Like a Girl07 Edzi-u- Warrior Song08 Kristi Lane Sinclair- Desire09 Dalannah Gail Bowen- Lullaby for the Missing and Murdered Women10 Kelly Fraser- Immamiit
2023 GAËNÖ’ ROB LUDGATE DEAD PRECEDENTS/KHU.ÉEX THE MAGIC OF NOISERob Ludgate- (Blackfoot) lives and works on the Lummi Territory in Washington State. He’s a long time member of the Seattle artist collective, Khu.éex. For a full introduction check out our discussion in Jan of 2022 ( This time around Rob joins me to discuss his latest solo effort, Captain Raab’s Dead Precedents and Khu.éex’s new documentary, The Magic of Noise, not to mention their 3 or 4 upcoming albums. The great thing about the experimental/jazz/funk nature of of Rob and Khu.éex is the opportunity to change the production style to fit the music. Turn it up and sing along. Enjoy the music and the chat! Khu.éex- They Forgot They Survived    (A- Captain Raab- Scene 1 from Dead Precedents) 03 Khu.éex- Before the Raven Call    (B- Captain Raab- Scene 2 from Dead Precedents)05 Khu.éex- The Concept of Time Itself    (C- Captain Raab- Scene 3 from Dead Precedents)07 Khu.éex- Spiritual Warfare 
2023 Gaënö’ Marc MerilainenMarc Merilainen (Ojibway, Finnish), has been the leader of the band Nadjiwan for the last 3 decades. Their latest album, The Great Sea was released in April (2023) and is already gaining traction in the scene. Additionally, he and his wife, Laura, have established a successful record label called Merilainen Music. Not just a record label, they also specialize as an artist incubator, help with artist management and place an emphasis on the need for musicians to be educated in the music industry. Over the last several months, a number of Gaënö’ guests have been Merilainen Music artists. This week, to commemorate the new album and the recent successes of the label, Marc joins me in a celebration of all things Merilainen Music. Enjoy!https://www.headingnorthmusic.comhttps://www.merilainenmusic.comhttps://nativeartistdirectory.comPlaylist01 Nadjiwan- Break to the West02 Nadjiwan- Anymore03 Sandy Scofield- George04 Stoik- Awakening05 Nadjiwan- Animikii06 Berk Jodoin- That’s Love07 1 Gram- Anybody Everybody08 Nadijwan- Beautiful Darkness09 JC Campbell- Walk in Love
Graeme Jonez (Anishinaabe) is a member of the Sheguiandah Ojibway First Nation and grew up on Manitoulin Island. As an alumni of the Manitoba Musics Indigenous Music Residency, his single Black Magic Goldmine on the 2009 Dig Your Roots compilation. He took a break from songwriting for over a decade but he’s back with a brand new collection of tunes thats sure to keep you entertained from start to finish. This week, Graeme joins me to discuss some of the stories found on Creatures & Criminals (2023), his love of the studio and so much more. Enjoy!Playlist01 Graeme Jonez- The Flood! 02 Graeme Jonez- 100 Days Deep03 Bebe Buckskin- Baby Blue04 Blue Moon Marquee- Hound Dog on a Chain05 Graeme Jonez- Mary the Diamond Runner06 Samantha Crane- Holding to the Edge of Night07 Celeigh Cardinal- Wrong Love08 Graeme Jonez- Black Magic Goldmine09 Levi Platero- One Day10 Cary Morin- Dire Wolf
Mimi O’Bonsawin, Abenaki/Francophone, is a long returning guest to Gaënö’. Whether talking about culture or the land, hers is a story of reconnection. Throughout the years, her musics been featured in TV and film, including APTN’s Mohawk Girls and Showtimes Ray Donovan. In 2019 she won the Best Pop Album award at the Indigenous Music Awards. 2023 has already been a huge year for her. On March 3, she released her album, Willow, she got married, played her first shows in Ireland and is releasing another album later this year. This week Mimi joins me to discuss all this and so much more. Enjoy! Mimi O’Bonsawin- Here’s to the Women02 Mimi O’Bonsawin- Willow03 Keith Secola- Kokopelli Blues04 Elexa Dawson- Speak Again05 Mimi O’Bonsawin- The River06 Aysanabe- Nomads07 Joy Harjo- Earth House08 Mimi O’Bonaswin- I Wish I was a Farmer09 Julian Taylor- Seeds10 Buffy Sainte Marie- With You Honey
Hataalii- To Sing

Hataalii- To Sing


My featured artist this week is Hataaliinez Wheeler, Dine, from Window Rock Arizona. He’s been described as a “modern kind of crooner…” and a “pensive, deep voiced troubadour.” Now residing in Albuquerque, NM, Hataalii, was recently signed to Danger Bird Records out of Los Angeles with his first album with the label set to be released later this summer. This week he joins me to discuss all of this, his latest indie surf pop singles, Presidents Got Me All Night Long, Land of Poor Chance, his acting debut on AMC’s Dark Winds and so much more. Enjoy!Playlist01 Hataalii- I’m Right02 Hataalii- President’s Got Me All Night Long03 Mimi O’Bonsawin- Where My Roots Grow04 Jakob- I Want to Feel Alright05 Hataalii- Land of Poor Chance06 The Tewa & Jacob Shije- With You07 Nick Sherman- Winterdark 08 Jakob & Hataalii- Lonesome09 Graeme Jonez- It’s a Cold, Cold Place10 Digawolf- The Undiscovered World
Chantil Dukart, Eagle Clan- Tsimshian & Aluutiq, has been writing music since the age of 7. She was born in Denver, raised in Alaska and went to school in Miami. Her style perfectly reflects the eclectic nature of her upbringing. Combining elements of jazz, R&B, funk and Motown, Dukart knows how to captivate an audience with her sultry voice and smooth stylings. This week she joins me to discuss her latest album, Lady & the Champ, what it means to be both a lady and a champ and her upcoming collaborations with the Julia Keefe Indigenous Big Band. Enjoy!http://www.chantilmusic.com 01- Chantil Dukart- Situation02- Chantil Dukart- Understated03- DDAT- The Move04- Hataali- Lover Call05- Chantil Dukart- Save Me From Myself06- Mali O’Bomsawin- Wawasint8da07- Morgan Toney- First Flight08- Chantil Dukart- Chickenz09- Julia Keefe- There’s a Small Hotel
This week I welcome my friends from Sunburnt Stone back on to the show. I first got caught up with frontman/songwriter, Andrew “Buzzy” Wilson (Navajo), in January ’22. This time around the bands drummer, Nichole Tsosie (Navajo) also joins us. We’re following along on the bands dystopian storytelling with listening from this Albuquerque bands two albums from 2022, 5th World and XXXX. Throughout the course of our conversations, I think we’ve settled on a new term by which to describe these righteous rock offerings.. The Spaghetti Acid Western.. Tune in to hear our chat and of course, Turn it up and sing along! Enjoy!http://sunburntstone.comhttps://nativeartistdirectory.comPlaylist 01 Sunburnt Stone- Mirage02 Sunburnt Stone- Gun Smoke03 Breakwater Band- Waves04 F Sharp- Omega Occurring 05 Sunburnt Stone- Falling Me06 Divide & Dissolve- RVR07 Xit- I Am Happy About You08 Sunburnt Stone- House of Dreams09 Miesha and the Spanks- Dig Me Out
Who is Plex to Judge?

Who is Plex to Judge?


Doug Bedard, Ojibwe/Cree, has been recording as Plex for the last 3 decades. Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, he’s established himself as one of the OG’s of Indigenous Hip Hop. His newest release, Who Am I to Judge?, is Plex’s return to the mic after a 10 year hiatus. Of the album he’s said, “The album speaks directly about my struggles with drugs and alcohol, the evolution of hip-hop, cultural appropriation, and the state of the planet — all while pondering what it may take to fix it.” Red Flags, his latest single, addresses the pretendian phenomenon and just last week went to #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown. This week on Gaënö’ Plex joins me to discuss the album and so much more. Enjoy!Playlist01 Plex- Suspect (ft Drezus)02 Plex- Great Ones (E’s Up) ft Kryple- 03 War Party- You Better Ask Yourself04 Sten Joddi- Dream Catcherz05 Plex- Red Flags- ft Aleah Belle06 Redcloud- Tapatio (ft Pigeon John)07 Curtis Clearsky- Turtle Island (ft Murray Porter)08 Plex- Lost in the Cycle (ft Rex Smallboy)09 Stoik ft Jahkota, Plex & Drezus- Behold a Pale Horse10 Def-i ft. Tanaya Winder- Scatterlight
A multi-Juno Award nominee, Sandy Scofield is an equally multifaceted performer. With experience in bands as stylistically varied as rockabilly, Cajun, jazz, vocal, and zydeco, Scofield (a Metis/Cree/Saulteaux) began her professional music career in 1986. She’s performed her soulful songs around the world and on some of the most prestigious stages. This week, Sandy joins me to discuss her latest album, Red Earth, and our travel plans to Africa this fall. Enjoy! https://sandyscofield.comhttps://nativeartistdirectory.comPlaylist01 Sandy Scofield- 1000 Miles02 Sandy Scofield- DNA03 Russell Wallace- I Rise (Ft S Scofield and Murray Porter)04 Kinnie Starr- Right Here With You05 Sandy Scofield- George06 Shelley Morningsong- Quiet Place07 Digging Roots- Cut My Hair08 Sandy Scofield- Famous09 Joanne Shenandoah- Circle of Friendship 
Cliff Cardinal- Cree/Metis, son of legendary actor/activist Tantoo Cardinal was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Growing up mostly in Ontario he was drawn to the theatre at a young age. Known for his “black humor and compassionate poeticism” he’s won multiple awards for his solo theatre productions. His one man show, Huff, has been performed over 200 times. The Guardian Observer has called that production a “hard hitting tour de force.” Known for his black humor and compassionate poeticism, he combines his signature wit and catchy riffs with his ban, The Sky-Larks. This week, Cliff joins me to discuss the bands latest release, Suicidal Valentine (October 2022). Enjoy!http://www.cliffcardinal.comhttps://nativeartistdirectory.comPlaylist 01 Cliff Cardinal & The Sky Larks- Your Dress02 Cliff Cardinal & The Sky Larks- Supersonic Velocity03 Special McKinley- Fifty Shaded Blur- 04 Chris Derkson- Mozarts Ghost05 Cliff Cardinal & the Sky Larks- Suicidal Valentine06 Digging Roots- AK4707 Sihasin- We the People08 Tara Williamson- Neon09 Cliff Cardinal & the Sky Larks- Unhappy Life10 The Ollivanders- The Shade11 Ya Tseen- Get Yourself Together
2023 Gaënö’ Gary Farmer 022023Gary Farmer, Hayëntwas Hayasöh, Wolf Clan of the Cayuga Nation is an internationally acclaimed actor, musician and producer. You might recognize him from big screen classics like, Pow Wow Highway, Smoke Signals or Deadman. He’s also slated to return to Reservation Dogs as everybody’s favorite crazy uncle, Uncle Brownie. Currently he’s filming the next season of SciFi’s Resident Alien in Vancouver. This week Gary takes a few minutes to chat with me about his lifelong love of music and his latest album with the Troublemakers, Fool For Love (2022). Enjoy! Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers- Cadillacs Don’t Care 02 Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers- Need a Gun03 Cheri Maracle- 100 Cigarettes04 Murray Porter- 1492- Who Found Who?05 Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers- Nobody’s Reclamation06 Brock Stonefish- Residential Redemption  07 Levi Platero- Good Man08 Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers- What You Gonna Do?09 Derek Miller- God Don’t Ever Change10 Pura Fe- Hiyo Stireh
Ailani's Mortified

Ailani's Mortified


Ailani, Santa Clara Pueblo. At just 19 years old, this talented singer songwriter/producer has already carved out her place in the Indie Pop scene. She’s released 6 projects in the last 3 years, has become a staple at the Native Guitars Tour and occasionally guest hosts radio shows.  Today, Ailani joins me to discuss her 2022 album, Mortified and her very specific goal for 2023. https://ailanimusic.comhttps://nativeartistdirectory.comPlaylist01 Ailani- Vastplay02 Ailani- Honestly03 Mato Wayuhi- Pity04 byjoesroom- I Don’t Need You (Ft Aly)05 Ailani- I’m Not the One06 The Tewa- I Want You Now07 iiwaa- Tangerine Lamborghini08 Ailani- Be the One09 Black Belt Eagle Scout- Treeline10 Samantha Crane- There’s No Mail Today 
Berk Jodoin, Metis, has accomplished a lot in a relatively short amount of time. A breakout artist with Meriläinen Music, he’s recently won the 2022 Indigenous Artist of the Year at the Saskatchewan Music Awards and his album, Half Breed, claimed the #10 spot on the Best Album of the Year list of the same awards. He’s currently nominated for the best Indigenous Songwriter of the Year at the 2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards to be in Vancouver this coming March. Never one to shy away from heavy topics, his country rock sound is reminiscent of the legendary Steve Earle. This week Berk joins me to discuss his journey thus far, Half Breed, and future plans. Enjoy!https://www.berkjodoinmusic.nethttps://nativeartistdirectory.comPlaylist 01 Berk Jodoin- The Devil 02 Berk Jodoin- Half Breed03 Buddy Redbow- Piscalero 04 The Northsound- Young, Dumb, Drunk & Not Doing So Well05 Berk Jodoin- Walking with the Angels06 Trixie Matel- Jackson ft. Orville Peck07 LJ Tyson- Home on a Rainbow08 Berk Jodoin- The Sailor09 Wyatt C Louis- Dancing with Sue10 Joanne Shenandoah- Poker Face 
Rex Lyons (Eel Clan, Onondaga) is a man of many talents. He’s the founding guitarist, vocalist and band leader of The Ripcords. Recently inducted into the Blues Archive Hall of Fame, he is a respected veteran of the Syracuse music community. Rex’s musical style is equal parts country, blues, rockabilly, and swing. He has a rich history in playing live music as a member of several bands in Syracuse. Never one to rest on his laurels, he also sits on the board of The New York State Blues Festival among many others. This week Rex joins me to discuss the Ripcords most recent releases, including their ongoing collaborations with legendary session guitarist, Earl Slick. Turn it up and sing along. Enjoy! http://www.fabulousripcords.comhttps://nativeartistdirectory.comPLAYLIST 01 The Ripcords- The Bottle Let Me Down02 The Ripcords- Crush on You03 Jeremy Keyes- I Wanna Know04 Jimmy Wolf- Tail Dragger05 The Ripcords- Thick as Thieves06 Butch Mudbone- Tipi Creepin07 Cornbred- Jingle Dress Dancer08 The Ripcords- Winds of Change09 Appleby, Reinhardt, Mahfoud- Blues is My Friend
2023 GAËNÖ’ MALI O’BOMSAWIN MALI OBOMSAWIN (they/she) is an award winning bassist, songwriter and composer from Abenaki First Nation at Odanak. With an expansive background in American roots, rock, and jazz, Obomsawin’s musical practice is a testament to the continuum of American music traditions. This week, Mali joins me to discuss her debut solo album, Sweet Tooth. Released to critical acclaim, its received glowing reviews from The Guardian, Jazz Times, NPR, etc.. In addition, we discuss her band, Lula Wiles, and upcoming projects, including a film score for the documentary, We Are Warriors. Tune it up and sing along! Enjoy. https://www.maliobomsawin.comhttps://nativeartistdirectory.comPlaylist01 Mali O’Bomsawin- Odana 02 Lula Wiles- Everybody (Connected)03 Khu.éex- Collective Memory04 Divide & Dissolve- Mental Gymnastics05 Mali O’Bomsawin- Pedegwajois06 Julia Keefe- You and the Night and the Music07 Jeremy Dutcher- Honor Song08 Mali O’Bomsawin- Fractions09 Jim Pepper- Habi Ba
2022 was a great year for recordings by Indigenous musicians across Turtle Island, which can only mean that it was Gaënö’s best year yet! If you haven’t tuned in yet, today’s Ha’degaënögeh (End of Year Review) is the perfect introduction to the various kinds of music and conversations found on the show. Nearly 40 new episodes of Gaënö’ this year, from pop to rock, hip hop to EDM, traditional to folk and most everywhere in between with conversations ranging from the lighthearted to the hard issues facing all of our communities. As I reflect back on this last year, I want to thank the hardworking folks at NV1, all of the amazing affiliates carrying Gaënö’ and you the listener- Gaënö’ would be incomplete without all of you! Nya:wëh to Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY) and the Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center for your continued support. A special thank you to Keith Secola, Ansley Simpson, Sunburnt Stone, Nimkish, JuQ, Mimi O’Bonsawin, Ombigiizi, Neon Natives, Bebe Buckskin, Micki Free, Elexa Dawson, Paul Steward, Jir Anderson, Melody McArthur, December Wind, Def-I & Ariano, JC Campbell, Julia Keefe, Nakoa Heavyrunner, Ghostkeeper, Blackbird, iiwaa, Mike Bern, Shawnee Kish, Digging Roots, Nadjiwan, The Halluci Nation, Crystal Shawanda, The Tewa, Blue Moon Marquee, Elemantra, Joy Harjo, Julian Taylor, Blue Mountain Tribe and Sandra Sutter! Happy New Year and Cheers to 2023! Great things are coming and I can’t wait to bring you along on the journey! Aeswadënöda:je’s! You outta sing along! Playlist01 Keith Secola (Ojibwa)- Waves of Gitchi Goomi (Portals) (Originally aired January 10, 2022)02 Ansley Simpson (Anishinaabe)- Mourning Keeps Coming Back (Spirit to Soar) (January 24, 2022)03 Nimkish (Cree)- Bad News (single) (Feb 07, 2022)04 JuQ (Oglala Lakota)- Frybread Booty (single) (Feb 14, 2022)05 December Wind (Mohawk)- 215 (single) (May 09, 2022)06 Nakoa Heavyrunner & Darron Heavyrunner (Assiniboine/Blackfoot)- Told You Before (Ft Taya Heavyrunner) (Lie No More) (June 16, 2022)07 iiwaa (Piipaash, Quechuan, Gila River)- Boys Don’t Cry (Dysmorphia) (August 01, 2022)08 Shawnee Kish (Mohawk)- Mr Tie (single) (August 17, 2022)09 The Halluci Nation (Cayuga, Mohawk)- Collaboration Not Appropriation (One More Saturday Night) (September 19, 2022)10 Elemantra (Seneca)- Plastic World (Only Momentary) (November 6, 2022)11 Joy Harjo (Mvskoke)- Calling the Spirit Back (I Pray for My Enemies) (November 14, 2022)
Sandra Sutter, Cree Métis, traces her lineage back to the 1800s. Raised in a loving non-Indigenous family, Her story is one of reaffirmation and reconnecting with her cultural roots. This week Sandra joins me to discuss her albums Cluster Stars and Aurora 12. We’ll squeeze in a holiday track and check out her latest single, Midnight Serenade! Turn it up and sing along- Enjoy!https://sandrasutter.comhttps://nativeartistdirectory.comPlaylist01 Sandra Sutter- Mountain Song02 Sandra Sutter- Midnight Serenade03 Don Amero- What Do You Wanna Do04 Indian City- Storyteller05 Sandra Sutter- Aurora Borealis06 Shelley Morningsong- California Dreamin07 Indian City- Wannabe08 Sandra Sutter- Winter Wonderland09 Peter Sackaney-After All This Time
Back in the mid-2000s in Tehachapi, California, father and son duo Robin and Caleb Hairston (Chiricahua Apache) set out to create an all-Native American blues and rock band—and that’s exactly what they did. Along with drummer, Pat Mata (Northern Chumash) and bassist Jeff Cooper (Cherokee) the Blue Mountain Tribe began creating original songs focused on Native American experiences and they instantly became a hit. The band was one of the big winners at the 20th Native American Music Awards, held November 21 at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino. Due to record breaking weather conditions in Western New York, Pat was the only member of the band able to attend the show. This week on Gaënö’, Pat joins me to discuss Blue Mountain Tribes recent adventures, including their brand new album, O Great Warrior! Recorded at the Legendary Cherokee Studios in Hollywood, this collection of tunes is sure to impress blues and rock fans alike. Turn it up and sing along- Enjoy! https://www.bluemountaintribe.comhttps://nativeartistdirectory.comPlaylist01 Blue Mountain Tribe- Mountain Down Blues 02 Blue Mountain Tribe- Pray For Our Planet03 Crystal Shawanda- Hold Me04 Logan Staats- Deadman05 Blue Mountain Tribe- You Better Watch Yourself06 Marc Brown & The Blues Crew- Been So Long07 The Ripcords- Sweet Road Stomp08 Blue Mountain Tribe- Keep On Shining09 Mali O’Bomsawin- Fractions
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