May 10th, 2016 Last Updated on: May 10th, 2016
Album Review | Showtime Singers’ “Live from Big Sky”
Darren Thompson, Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe
Blasting out of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the Showtime Singers present their debut album, “Live from Big Sky”. Recorded at the 2016 Montana State University – Bozeman Powwow, Live from Big Sky is self-produced, designed and distributed by the group and its members. And it is a powerful premiere of this up and coming powwow group from the Oglala Lakota Nation! It is a demonstration of the dedication to tradition, culture and pride that we can all be proud.
The Showtime Singers are a newly formed Northern style Powwow group representing not only the Oglala Lakota Nation, but several other tribes as well. Like many other drum groups throughout the powwow trail, their songs and energy attract talent from all corners of Indian Country and this collection represents what many can expect at a powwow – songs sung loud and proud. The recording, engineering and design demonstrate the dedication and products Indian Country is capable of presenting and with Live from Big Sky being their first album, we can expect only improvements!
Recently claiming 5th place at the 2016 Gathering of Nations Powwow, the Showtime Singers present an energy and pride we all deserve to hear. Live from Big Sky is a beautiful debut and is a definite listen. Keep your eyes and ears open, Showtime Singers will be coming to a Powwow near you!
Darren Thompson (Ojibwe/Tohono O’odham) is a Native American flute player and educator from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. A frequent performer and public speaker, his commentary on American Indian cultural identity as well as his reviews of his music has been included in Indian Country Today, the Native Sun News, News from Indian Country, The Examiner, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and numerous other media. For more information please visit www.darrenthompson.net
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