BORN ON THE REZ ~ RED THUNDER
THE NEW TRACK BORN ON THE REZ
Produced by four time grammy winner DON WAS
featuring Ojibwa Warrior Dennis Banks and
the legendary Kris Kristofferson
COMMEMORATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY RED THUNDER RELEASE
The 25th Anniversary release of Robby Romero’s groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed debut RED THUNDER features the new track, BORN ON THE REZ produced by four time Grammy Award winning musician, record producer, and record executive, Don Was. BORN ON THE REZ was recorded at Capitol Records Studios with three time Grammy Award winning music engineer Ed Cherney. The new track features a host of famed upcoming and legendary award winning artists and Water Protectors including Jim Cox on piano/vocals, Gary Farmer on blues harp/vocals, Jim Keltner on buffalo drums/rattles/vocals, Danny “Kooch” Kortchmar on guitar/vocals, Robert Mirabal on pueblo flutes/vocals, Robby Romero on acoustic guitar/pueblo rattles/vocals, and Don Was on upright bass/vocals. The Water Protector Choir includes Victoria Asher, Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Frances Fisher, Tina Malia, Bob Neuwirth, Dakota Romero, Chris Stills, Kholan Studi, Jimmy Lee Young, Raye Zaragoza, and the Great Ojibwa Warrior Dennis Banks and three time Grammy Award winner, Golden Globe winner and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Kris Kristofferson.
The 25th Anniversary also includes remastered original recordings, a remix/remastered version of the Indian Country hit single HEARTBEAT by Grammy Award winning musician, producer, engineer, Steve Addabbo (with Al Kooper on piano, and Ataahua PaPa and Dakota Romero on backing vocals), and Robby’s American Indian stereo-type breaking PSA that won the 1993 CableAce Award as part of MTV’s ‘Free Your Mind’ campaign.
Robby Romero, rose to prominence in 1990 with the global broadcast of his first internationally televised music picture campaign, IS IT TOO LATE and with his designation as a United Nations Ambassador Of Youth For The Environment. Robby’s innovative music pictures broadcast on MTV and VH1 introduced Native Rock Music to the music television generation. His stereotype-breaking public service announcements and politicized rockumentary films catapulted him into an arena of his own making. Robby’s work has premiered at the United Nations and on national and international networks from Sundance TV to SABC Africa.
In 2016, Robby joined the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) and Water Protectors on the front-lines of an historic Indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline—an oil pipeline snaking through 1851 treaty land adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Inspired by passion, wisdom, and courage Robby wrote BORN ON THE REZ, the first in a series of singles and music pictures to be released in support of the Native Children’s Survival #Honor1851Treaty campaign.
“We’re on a journey to create a wave of momentum for the 50th Anniversary of The “Trail of Broken Treaties” caravan to Washington, D.C., September 17, 2022 — and to generate over a million petition signatures to #Honor1851Treaty and #RightTheWrong of at least one of the more than 500 broken treaties made with Native Nations.” – Robby Romero
The Oceti Sakowin Homelands Premiere of the BORN ON THE REZ music picture will be held on 23 September at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, South Dakota.