LIVE MUSIC CONCERT ANVDVNELISGI ᎠᏅᏛᏁᎵᏍᎩ

SEPTEMBER 3

One Fire Field

The debut album, titled ᎠᏅᏛᏁᎵᏍᎩ (Anvdvnelisgi, pronounced Ah Nuh Duh Nay Lees Gi), which translates to “Performers” in English, is a groundbreaking contemporary album of original music performed entirely in the Cherokee language. It features 12 emerging and seasoned Cherokee artists. It was also crafted in part with translators to help the artist express their lyrics in Cherokee. The record represents diverse contemporary genres, including Folk/Americana, Country, Pop, Reggae, Heavy Metal and Hip Hop. This album is part of a citizen-led, wide-ranging commitment to preserve and expand the Cherokee language.

ARTISTS

AARON HALE

Aaron Hale is a classically trained (Oklahoma State University), multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.

Upon the release of his debut album “Wildflowers & Atom Bombs” in 2017; Hale began performing with and without his band (Aaron Hale & The Human Beings) at music festivals nation wide taking with him a strong message of environmental stewardship, Native American Sovereignty, and global unity.

Currently Hale is recording his sophomore album, “Stardust & Campfires”. The album features McKenzie Webb on drums, and Patricio Labarca (Medicine for the People) on bass with Hale playing guitar and keys. The album also features a collaboration with Supaman, Peewee Dreads (Wookiefoot) and Sierra Marin are both contributing vocals, and Tim Snyder (Medicine for the People/Wolfgang Timber) violin. Hale is also featured as a keyboardist in Chase Makai’s (Medicine for the People) debut album “Undique”. Trent Bell (Chainsaw Kittens) produces and records Hale’s albums at Bell Labs Recording in Norman, Oklahoma.

AUSTIN MARKHAM

Austin Markham is a Nashville-based 22-year-old pop/R&B singer-songwriter set to catch your attention with vulnerable lyricism accompanied by buttery vocals. He works endlessly to perfect the music he puts out, and pushes himself to be a role model of confidence, self-love, and perseverance to listeners of all backgrounds. With a strong passion for his heritage and the experiences that have shaped him into the artist he is today, Austin is excited to share his unique roots with the world. Although his music falls under the pop/R&B umbrella, Markham effortlessly blurs the lines between genres, creating an environment for various discussions and feelings.

COLBY LUPER

Born in the Cherokee Nation capital of Tahlequah, OK, Colby Luper fell in love with music at a young age. Hard rock and heavy metal made the biggest impression on him when he first heard bands like AC/DC and Black Sabbath on classic rock radio. He’s been a metalhead ever since. Picking up his first guitar at age 12, he began learning every Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest riff he could manage. He began writing his own music in high school and started jamming with friends around the Tahlequah area. His musical influences include the aforementioned artists as well as Nirvana, Weezer, Black Flag, and Slayer. He’s currently a guitarist and vocalist in the alternative rock band “Still Loading” and uses his solo material as an outlet for his love of metal. He resides in Tulsa with his wife, Erica.

DESI & CODY

The Tulsa, OK-based duo, Desi and Cody, describe their second album, “Yes This Is Killing Us,” as a “dark comedy.” United both through music and matrimony, their latest collaboration exposes the perils and triumphs of relationships. Desi’s seductive voice combined with Cody’s emotive vocals and sweet harmonies, sonically manifest a refreshing homage to classic 60’s femme fatales with chamber pop and baroque textures which transform their Okie roots into the realm of futuristic folk.

“The entire album, “Yes, This Is Killing Us,” is more or less about touring and making records with your spouse, says Cody. The album launches with a haunting, new wave synth sound that swerves into a chorale on “It’s Our Thing.” “It is about not holding back with any preconceived notions,” explains Cody. “She’s No Good For You,” shines with Desi’s endearing, nostalgic singing, while stirring, melancholy “Rehearse The Lines,” marks the first time Desi’s recorded one her own compositions.

Desi and Cody chronicle on-the-road antics in the video for their sultry version of Chris Isaac’s “Wicked Game.” Director Miles Rogoish filmed eye-catching images from boondocks to the seediness of Hollywood. “Wicked Game” features an old keyboard to replace the iconic guitar line. “I used a Casio SK1,” Cody laughs. “It’s really a child’s sampling keyboard.”

Vibrant, jazzy horns gallantly accompany the twangy “mish mash” of “Savannah.” “Elija’s Song” is heartwarming, acoustic duet and tributes Cody’s best friend’s newborn son, “Just remember love is stronger than the setting sun.” Desi belts out a soulful groove with funky horns and syncopated beats for “Misunderstanding,” while “Stay,” recalls the flirtatious, girly-vocal simplicity of the British Invasion.

A native Oklahoman, and part Cherokee, Cody grew up in the backwoods while Desi grew up in the Northwest (Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR). She rediscovered her singing after connecting with Cody—who first heard her talent emanating from the shower.

Desi and Cody’s music possesses an inherent irreverence reminiscent of Lynch or Tarantino movies. Songwriting for Cody is a visual expression, “Film usually inspires me most,” he states.“ Their first two EPs, Cody’s “Dog Days Comin’” and Desi’s “In the Dead of Summer,” to positive response. They successfully used Kickstarter to crowdfund their latest album as well as their 2015 full length debut, “Desi and Cody.” “No Depression” called their self-titled album “superb” while The Tulsa Voice” lauded: “there’s no higher praise an album could receive.”

“Yes, This Is Killing Us,” concludes with the multi-layered, alluring pop melody of “Open Your Eyes.” It is a peek into the ups and downs of marriage,” explains Cody, “as well as, at the same time being in a band.” While there may be profound doubts of the journey they have engaged, in the end there is a sweetness that is meant to both comfort and incite: ‘Everything’s turning out right.’ ”

KEN POMEROY

Ken is a singer/songwriter with a Folk Americana sound. Transcending her age, Ken has a unique vocal quality that blends smoothly with her heartfelt lyrics. Ken began singing, writing songs, and playing the Baritone ukulele at age 9. She quickly learned to play the Concert and Soprano Ukulele, and at age 10 began playing guitar. In 2018, Ken opened for the legendary Wanda Jackson at the Oklahoma Rodeo Centennial Opry. Just recently in 2018, Ken won the 1st Annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest in Stillwater, Oklahoma at Willie’s Saloon. She shared the stage with Stoney LaRue and Bo Phillips at the Bob Childers Gypsy Cafe Event benefiting the Red Dirt Relief Fund in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Every year she is a regular at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival playing Lou’s Rocky Road Tavern stage, and The Hen House at the festival. Fans can also catch Ken playing numerous venues around Oklahoma City and Norman on a regular basis. Sundays is a favorite to catch Ken and many other talented songwriters at JJ’s Alley downtown OKC. She has played the Grand Stage at the Riverwind Casino, and she is also a regular at the Oklahoma Rodeo Opry.

In January of 2018, she played the first Mile 0 Fest music festival in Key West, Florida and she will be returning to the Fest in January of 2019. Ken was also featured on The Oklahoma Room 2018 compilation CD and attended Folk Alliance International in February of 2018. You can purchase that CD or download the music on the album produced by Horton Records. Available on Bandcamp. In 2016, Ken received the Rising Star award from the Songwriters Association of Norman, and has attended the Rock & Roll Camp for Girls since it’s inception in 2015. Ken released her debut EP “Minutes to Hours” in 2017. Ken has just completed her 2nd album “HALLWAYS”. Ken’s musical influences include such local talent as Kyle Reid, Carter Sampson and John Calvin Abney. She is also influenced by the music of John Moreland and by classic artists like John Denver & James Taylor.

IIA

Lillian Charles is a 14 year old Cherokee citizen from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She writes songs, short stories and screenplays and is also a prolific artist. Her biggest aspiration is to share her passions with the world.

MONICA TAYLOR

Monica Taylor earned the nickname, The Cimarron Songbird, by Jimmy LaFave and Bob Childers thanks to her distinctive singing style and her home near the Cimarron River. Her songs, written from the heart, are rooted in her Cherokee/Scottish/Irish heritage and explore home, the red dirt landscape and lifestyle, love and yearning. With a sound like Emmylou Harris and a slight yodel in her voice, Monica captivates you with her vocals.

When Monica enrolled at Oklahoma State University in 1989, she found her way into the budding Red Dirt music scene. As a young bluegrass and country singer/songwriter, she began playing and collaborating with the godfather of Red Dirt music, Bob Childers, and befriended musicians Jimmy LaFave, Red Dirt Rangers, The Medicine Show, Tom Skinner, Greg Jacobs and other now-legendary musical folk. Her musical story, like so many, started in central Oklahoma, and it would prove to be a wellspring for her career.

After a stint of rugged living and music-making in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado in the early nineties, Monica returned to Stillwater in 1996 and landed at The Farm—the legendary place where so many songwriters in the Red Dirt music scene dwelled, literally and figuratively. True to her gypsy spirit, Monica made a happy home under a tarp stretched between a tree and an old barn, with her trusted German Shepard/Lab mix, Rosebud, as her constant companion. For the next few years, Monica made music with a litany of musicians who passed through The Farm including members of The Great Divide, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Cody Canada and the Departed, Stoney LaRue, Brandon Jenkins and scores of other songwriters, young and young-at-heart.

In 2010, Monica began The Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing, a Western swing trio with former Dixie Chick, Robyn Macy, and Kentucky-rooted, Lauren White. Their style has been described as ‘Bob Wills meets up with The Andrews Sisters,’ all bound by the roots of bluegrass and a knack for heavenly harmonies. The group released “Cherokee Maiden” in 2011 and performed at music festivals around the region from 2010-2020. “Ride Again” and “My Dixie Darlin” brought them acclaim from the western music societies and were nominated for Album of the Year at the Academy of Western Artists Awards. Two original songs co-written by Monica and Robyn were nominated for Song of the Year at the same time.

Monica has also released a series of albums featuring collaborations with her many music friends including “Cimmaron Valley Girl” in 2006 and “Cotton Shirt” in 2009. Before her solo career, she was part of a popular Folk duo called “The Farm Couple” that toured across the southern states and the southwest region, and recorded three albums of original songs that were a mix of The Louvin Brothers, Hank Williams, and mountain-styled songs.

In 2012, Monica started the annual Cimarron Concert Series where she hosts acclaimed songwriters from around the country in the sanctuary of the Old Church in Perkins, Okla. When the pandemic began in 2020, Monica saw the opportunity to fulfill a longtime dream of documenting and recording an anthology of Red Dirt songs featuring the many musicians she wrote and played with over the years. Over two years she worked with engineer/producer and now-husband, Travis Fite, to record “A Red Dirt Ramble: A Tribute to the Pioneers of Red Dirt Music Dirt” at The Ripley Farm recording studio in Lone Chimney, Okla.—the home of the late producer and lead man of The Tractors, Steve Ripley.

With over 55 guest vocalists and musicians from the Oklahoma and Texas Red Dirt scene, “A Red Dirt Ramble” pays tribute to the older songwriters who created the Red Dirt genre—a melting pot of styles including bluegrass, Tulsa Sound, Cajun, Western swing, country, and of course, gospel. These Red Dirt innovators started swapping songs with one another outside of Stillwater, Okla. at a hallowed old farm where many of the musicians lived from 1979 until the farmhouse burned down in the early 2000s. Many have since passed away, which is what spurred Monica to capture their legacy through the voices of her many music friends made over the years. Volume 1 of this anthology will be released in November 2022, with the Volume 2 release coming in Spring 2023.

She has simultaneously recorded her own new album, “Trains, Rivers, & Trails” which has a few of the same key instrumentalists that play on the Red Dirt Ramble recording: John Fullbright, Roger Ray, Casey van Beek, Jake Lynn, Jared Tyler, and Travis Fite. This will be released July 2022 in the US and in Europe. She is booking a northwest tour for late summer 2022 and a tour in Europe later this year and spring 2023.

TRAVIS FITE

A Cherokee citizen based n Tulsa, Travis has been a part of many music groups and ensembles. He has toured with funk-soul bands such as Phat Thumb, What It Is (San Francisco), Leon Russell, and several Tulsa based R&B ensembles such as Full Flava Kings, Wayman Tisdale, Eldridge Jackson and Toni Estes. Travis can be seen in his current solo loop act Uncle Funkus as well as his two primary ensembles The Steve White band, and Rebel Soul Reggae Band. Other groups include his funk-fusion group What’s That and an acoustic ensemble with singer-Songwriter Jared Tyler(Tulsa)and his wife, the acclaimed singersongwriter Monica Taylor(Perkins).

Travis currently runs SoulTree recording studio in Perkins, Ok, writing, producing and recording music for local and national artists. As of fall 2021, Travis could be found reprising his role as Dragging Canoe for the ninth season in the original Cherokee rock musical drama “Nanyehi, the story of Nancy Ward”, Written by acclaimed Nashville songwriter and performer Becky Hobbs.

MEDICINE HORSE

Born and raised in Stilwell, OK, ᎤᎶᎩᎳ (Schon Duncan) is a product of early language work provided by elders/teachers in his Head Start and kindergarten classes. Growing up, Schon was fascinated with Cherokee and always longed to learn more as his family members were fluent speakers. He is a proud member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and a Cherokee language advocate.

After completing his undergraduate degree from Northeastern State University, he became a youth worker in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Schon returned closer to home when he was accepted into the Cherokee Language Master/Apprentice Program. Thanks to the patience of fluent first-language speakers, Schon completed the program in 2019 and accepted the first apprentice intern position at the Cherokee Language Master/Apprentice Program. Schon spent the following months assisting the program’s Master Speakers and developing program curriculum.

Now, Schon has the position of Cherokee Language Resource Officer at Dahlonegah Public Schools in rural Adair County. Dahlonegah is situated in one of the few remaining Cherokee community strongholds of first-language speakers. Schon continues to grow his language skills and advocate for community language efforts.

AGALISIGA MACKEY
KAYLN FAY
ZEBADIAH NOFIRE

TRANSLATORS

KATHY SIERRA
BOBBIE SMITH
HARRY OOSAHWEE
DAVID CRAWLER
ELLEN CULP
CORA FLUTE
RYAN MACKEY

LANGUAGE COACHES

DANIELLE CULP
SCHON DUNCAN

WITH SPECIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE CHEROKEE LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT

SAMMY STILL
DENNIS SIXKILLER
ROY BONEY JR
ANNA SIXKILLER
MARGARET LEUTHJE
DAVID CRAWLER
JOHN ROSS