2018 Native American Music Awards

September 27, 2018

Keith Secola - Felipe Rose (Village People, Solo Artist) - Jan Michael Looking Wolf - Steven Rushingwind  Tommy Wildcat - Buggin Malone - Northern Cree - Anne Humphrey - Rita Coolidge

Cody Blackbird  Michael Bucher - CC Murdock - Saginaw Grant and many more nominated for prestigious Native American Music Awards.  


This is a banner year for Native American Music with well over 200-music recording submissions for the Eighteenth Annual Native American Music Awards. In addition to the awards this year, famed Native session guitarist Jesse Ed Davis will be inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame.

Davis was introduced to session work by Leon Russell, then joined Taj Mahal where be played on Mahal's first three albums. He played slide, lead and rhythm, country and even jazz during his three-year stint with Mahal, making an appearance with the band as a musical guest in The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. His first album Jesse Davis (1971), featured backing vocals by Gram Parsons and performances by Leon Russell and Eric Clapton, among others.  At Jackson Browne´s debut in 1972, he played the solo on "Doctor My Eyes".


After guesting with Russell on Bob Dylan's 1971 single "Watching the River Flow", Davis went on to work with George Harrison, performing at the ex-Beatle's 1971 Concert for Bangladesh extravaganza at Madison Square Garden, along with Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Russell, Keltner, Clapton and others. Two more solo albums followed: in 1972 Ululu, which included the original release of Harrison's "Sue Me, Sue You Blues", and in 1973 Keep Me Comin, occasionally listed as Keep On Coming. Around this time,


Davis began playing with John Lennon, for whom he played lead guitar on the albums Walls and Bridges (1974) and Rock 'n' Roll (1975). In addition, Davis was a guest performer on other albums by former Beatles: Harrison's 'Extra Texture' (1975) and Starr's 'Goodnight Vienna' (1974) and Ringo's 'Rotogravure' (1976). In the late summer and fall of 1975, he performed with the Faces as second guitarist throughout their final US tour.


In addition to the artists listed above, Davis contributed to albums by Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Keith Moon, Steve Miller, Guthrie Thomas, Harry Nilsson, Ry Cooder, Neil Diamond, Rick Danko, Van Dyke Parks and others. He played on Leonard Cohen's Death of a Ladies' Man (1977), produced by Phil Spector. He later formed and played in the Graffiti Band, which coupled his music with the poetry of the Native American activist John Trudell.


In the spring of 1987, during a Graffiti Band performance with Taj Mahal at the Palomino Club in North Hollywood, California, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and John Fogerty got up from the audience to join Davis and Mahal in an unrehearsed set which included Fogerty's "Proud Mary" and Dylan's "Watching the River Flow", as well as classics such as "Blue Suede Shoes", "Peggy Sue", "Honey Don't", "Matchbox" and "Gone, Gone, Gone".


Davis will be joining the Godfather of Native Americana & Native Godfather of Punk Keith Secola, Jimi Hendrix, Hank Williams, Rickey Medlocke (Lynyrd Skynyrd & Blackfoot), Link Wray, Redbone, Felipe Rose (Village People), Richie Valens (La Bamba), Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) and others when he walks through the doors of the Native American Music Hall of Fame later this year at the awards show.

The Eighteenth Annual Native American Music Awards Show is  set for Friday, October 12, 2018 as part of the USET Conference (United Southern & Eastern Tribes) at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. More details will be announced. Please be sure to sign up on the Native American Music Awards website for all the latest information. Voting is still open to the public.


Thank you Felipe Rose for bringing this to our attention. Best of Luck to all the Nominees this Year!!



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