These Native Artists Are Taking Country Music Back to Its Roots

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown December 11th, 2014 Last Updated on: December 11th, 2014

You might recognize some of these names if you're into country music. Most have been nominated for Native American Music Awards or Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards. MIC.com recently ran a story highlighting how these country music artists are better equipped than many of today's mainstream artists to take country back to its strong songwriting roots.

Desiree Dorion tells Mic.com, “When you listen to old-time country … there's more depth to the characters and their stories, in terms of the values of hard work and integrity and all of those things that attracted me to country music.”

Check out some of the artists highlighted in the article:

Ali Fontaine – Sagkeeng First Nation

Wayne Garner – Cherokee

Desiree Dorion – Cree

John McLeod – Métis from Ojibwa

Tracy Bone – Keeseekowinin First Nation
“Woman Of Red” is an empowering anthem and the title track that encourages forgiveness and healing after the Residential/Boarding School plague that swept across our Red Nation. To walk with courage and share the stories brings us all freedom and the knowledge to pass onto our children and generations to come.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Woman Of Red gave me chills. I will look forward to more Native country music.


I agree, Reba! Woman of Red was so moving. Tracy Bone deserves honor for standing up and singing the story!


You forgot about Jade Turner. Great talent and superb songwriter!

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