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It is through my artistic endeavor, combined with my passion for poetry that I am able to express fearlessness of spirit on behalf of my family, people, community, commitment to social justice awareness, and most importantly my love of earth. Incorporating the visuals with the power of words, it is my goal to create work with a poetic sense of thought and action to produce art that encourages dialogue and strengthens community.
“Not only is Cody Blackbird an incredible Native Flute player, but I love how he blends the Native sound with blues and classic rock. He and his band definitely know how to bring the heart and soul.” Bibi McGill, Musical Director/Lead Guitarist for Beyonce
“Cody’s music, which he terms “AlterNative Fusion,” sits in a class by itself in the music world” Buffalo ArtVoice
Cody Blackbird has been widely recognized as one of the worlds top Native American musicians touring today. Blending the old with the new, Cody merges the Native American flute with powerful vocals into contemporary blues rock sounds with The Cody Blackbird Band. The band has been compared to a hybrid Native version of the famous Blues rock band “Blues Traveler”
Featured on NBC, PBS, WGN, MSNBC, CNN and The NY Times Cody has performed over 1500 shows both nationally and internationally and with the band they plan on taking it to the next level. The Cody Blackbird Band has shared the bill with such artists as Arlo Guthrie, Lynyrd Skinard’s Rickey Medlocke, Peter, Paul and Mary’s Peter Yarrow, Nahko Bear, Xavier Rudd, and Reggae legends “Big Mountain”
Most recently Cody returned from a 7 day solo Japan Tour, playing Yamaha Corporate Headquarters “Yamaha Ginza” as well as Nagoya Yamaha and KIWA Hall in Tokyo in celebration of High Spirits Flutes 25th anniversary
The band is gearing up for their 2016 “All In” tour which will take them to over 25 different states, Australia, and Japan
They are currently recording their full length album to be released early new year of 2016
The Cody Blackbird Band is:
Xavier Torres on guitar, bass, vocals
Lewis Schwenk on guitar
Caleb Blackbird on Flute, Trumpet and vocals
Cody Blackbird, NA Flute, Lead Vocals
“Coyotes Lair” mixed media on panel piece of art that Cheyenne made for John and his family “Celebrate Love. Celebrate Life” damn what an amazing dude.
(art created by Cheyenne Randall)
The 36-year-old Seattle artist, who has been practicing Native American artwork for years, brings a special brand of creativity to classic images by Photoshopping uniquely American tattoos onto whatever skin is visible on the subjects. A Tumblr page called Shopped Tattoos showcases the artwork, as does an Instagram feed that includes more of Randall’s work and photographs. Cheyenne Randall, has created a bundle of iconic personalities from a parallel universe. One of his lates is Coyotes Lair in honor of the John Trudell.
Other sites to learn more about Seattle based artist, Cheyenne Randall.
Would like to express my deepest thanks to Pacifica Radio Archives for providing both December 15, 197o and December 19th, 1970 segments for our listening. So tune in this Sunday at 5pm and listening to Free Radio Alcatraz with John Trudell.
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