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Indigenous – Blues Rock

Indigenous – Blues Rock

Indigenous. Are you a fan of the great sounds that only a Fender Strat in the right hands can do for blues? Then this band is for you! Indigenous is a blues rock group that started out in the late 1990s.  Originally, consisting of two brothers, Mato Nanji (Maiari), Pte, along with their sister, Wanbdi and their cousin Horse.

Furthermore, their music influences include the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, and Carlos Santana. While they have shared the stage with B.B. King, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, the Indigo Girls, Jackson Browne, Dave Matthews Band, and Los Lonely Boys. So, as you can see, this band knows what it’s doing.

These Nakota Nation members grew up on South Dakota’s Yankton Indian Reservation, where their father, Greg Zephier became a spokesperson for Native American rights. A musician in his own right during the 1960s and 1970s, Zephier provides his children with records from blues musicians such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Freddie King, and taught them to play their respective instruments.

The family starts touring together, and soon the children are performing on their own. For those you who haven’t heard of this great band, you need to get on the bandwagon and catch up with the rest of us! Plus, if you get the chance, you should see these guys live!

Their Debut Album – Things We Do

They release their debut album, “Things We Do” on Pachyderm Records. Shortly after, the group releases the “Blues This Morning” EP and Live at Pachyderm studios in 1999. While receiving acclaim from critics and musicians a like.

Including Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls, Jackson Browne, and many others. With the Circle following in 2000. In 1999, Indigenous won three Native American Music Awards for their debut record, including two top honors: Album of the Year and Group of the Year.

Experience Jimi Hendrix Tour

Even more impressive is that Mato has been a part of the “Experience Jimi Hendrix Tour.” Performing at it since 2002 while sharing the stage with other amazing guitar legends. As for the band touring this year, it looks like they have several dates scheduled for September 2021. So, here’s your chance to see this great band live! For more information on these guys, check out their website. Which is https://indigenousrocks.com/

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