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GenresAmericana, Folk and Traditional, World, Blues Rock Folk rock More...
LocationTempe AZ United States
Sounds LikeNeil Young, Bruce Springsteen
Digital Locationwww.secola.com musicpage.com/keithsecola
HistoryMember since: 02/21/2015 Year Founded: 1982
- Original material: 12 hrs : 00 min
- Average Draw: 500
- Largest crowd: 25,000
- Have sound: No PA
- Licensed songs: 3
- Original Songs: 200
- CDs released: 7
- CDs sold: 100000
- Digital songs sold: 25000
NATIVE AMERICANA WINS BEST FOLK / ACOUSTIC ALBUM of the YEAR
---- ABORIGINAL PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS
NATIVE AMERICANA - WINS 3-NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS
--Artist of Year - Keith Secola
--Best Folk / Country Recording
--Native Heart - John Densmore (Drummer)
On Native Americana John Densmore appears on "Sea of Cortez" and "Kokopelli Blues" -- just one of Secola's influential fans, who have also included Jerry Garcia and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. On "Kokopelli Blues," where Secola approximates a Tom Waits-esque blues howler, Densmore's trapwork is instantly recognizable.
"He hadn't been in the studio since the Doors," Secola said proudly. "We rolled him out and he came in the studio with the same kit he played on 'Light My Fire.' It was fun singing it to him, too, rehearsing the night before, realizing his process of songwriting included Jim Morrison sitting there bouncing ideas off of him."
"NATIVE AMERICANA" is just further proof that Keith Secola is far more than a niche artist; he's an amalgamation of this country's musical heritage." Brendan Joel Kelley, Phoenix New Times
Musician Keith Secola has played his unique blend of music all over the world. His style of music is considered a new genre of world music featuring traditional, contemporary sounds and expressions of indigenous people called Native Americana.
Well known as a longstanding proponent of world music throughout his career Secola has become one of the most recognized promoters of Native American and Independent Artists worldwide with numerous Native American Music Awards and nominations; and his music is well known throughout Canada where he has won Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards.
Secola and his Wild Band played before a large international audience on the main stage at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah where he also served as the musical director for a featured performance as part of the "Navajo 2002 Festival of Nations". The performance combined the talents of Native Americans from many different tribes. In speaking to the press prior to the performance Secola explained "I envision the musical production as a Native American rock opera, what I call Native Americana music or Tribadelic. This music represents the diverse roots of American music that includes the traditional and contemporary sounds and expressions of the indigenous people. It's the type of musical theater I've performed in my live shows across the U.S. and overseas for the past ten years". The opera incorporated singing, music, storytelling, PowWow, and traditional dance.
Dubbed by critics as both the Neil Young of the Native Rock World and the Native Bruce Springsteen, Keith Secola has in many people's viewpoints achieved legendary status for his song "NDN KARS" ("Indian Cars"). Through the years “NDN KARS” has been interpreted in many different ways including as an anthem song about the rundown cars that cruise the reservations. Jim Purdy summarized in the Arizona Daily Star, "The cars are old, worn-down and tired, but they've got spirit...."According to Natalie Y. Moore in the Minnesota Pioneer Press, the song also decries police brutality. However one interprets he song Secola himself maintains the song concerns "the richness of being poor", with even Moore acknowledging Secola as stating.
"NDN KARDS," enduring appeal has helped cement the status of Keith Secola as a cult hero and immediately took on a life of its own upon release. It was adopted at a protest rally in 1988, is on the soundtrack for the feature film “Dance Me Outside”, starring Hugh Dillon, Ryan Black, Sandrine Holt and Adam Beach and has became the longstanding “Contemporary Native American Anthem” throughout US and Canada.
"Say Your Name" - From his most recent album Life Is Grand is a tribute song to the children survivors of Indian Boarding Schools and the crimes committed against them. Keith Secola sat through some of the trial testimonies where victims were instructed they could not identify their abusers by name. During a break in the trials Secola took a walk to reflect on what he had heard. Say Your Name was written during this time of silent reflection.
He has shared the stage with such well known, international artists as David Bowie, the Indigo Girls, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, the Neville Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, John Densmore, Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman, Jim Boyd, Joanne Shenandoah and many others. Since 2013 he has been touring with the "Indigo Girls" and has been a frequent main stage performer several times a year at the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance in Miami, FL and Raleigh, NC. http://shakorihillsgrassroots.org
On October 7, 2011, Keith Secola joined Jimi Hendrix, Rita Coolidge, Stevie Salas, Ritchie Valens, Kittie Wells, Janice Marie Johnson, Rickey Medlocke, Redbone, Hank Williams and others when he was inducted into the “HALL of FAME” by the Native American Music Awards receiving a "Lifetime Achievement” award.
"NDN KARS" has been the most requested song on Native Radio in the U.S. and Canada for over twenty years.
Indian Country TodayAugust 27, 2014
Jason Morgan Edwards
Keith Secola: On Stage With Indigo Girls, Singing Brutal Truths. When you hear "NDN Car" coming over the PA system, you kinda know who's on stage. And, even if you don't know all the words, Keith will teach you the refrain; and your body will begin to move. It's instinctual and automatic. He's dubbed his style as Native Americana. "It's kind of a new genre," he says. "It's rooted in Native tradition with blues, rock and roll, and reggae. It's topical, like you might include a chant, or a vocable, or a flute. So, I call it 'Americana' with a little more [specificity] where you write songs about America.
Piedmont PatchNovember 22, 2013
This full-length film was featured at Sundance and also took top prizes at festivals in Austin and Santa Fe, and Oprah designated it her “must see” holiday film when it was released in 2005. Shot at the Sundance Resort in Utah and featuring a mostly Native American cast, it is a stereotype-busting charmer about Native Americans in a lighthearted tale of mistaken identity and would-be romance. It’s a guilt-free trip to Indian Country that strives to break down the stereotypes that still persist about contemporary Native Americans.
Indian Country TodayDecember 28, 2012
In 2011, musician Keith Secola joined the iconic ranks of Jimmy Hendrix, Hank Willams, Crystal Gayle and Richie Valens in the Native American Music Hall of Fame. Winner of seven Native American Music Awards, Secola is now expanding his repertoire with a pop-style opera that he hopes will bring an important message to America
The SmithsonianAugust 07, 2009
Musician Keith Secola has played his unique blend of music all over the world and this weekend he graces the National Museum of the American Indian's 2009 Indian Summer Showcase. I was fortunate to be able to sit down for a phone chat with Keith about his work and the projects he has on the horizon.
Indian Gaming MagazineJune 06, 2009
The song resonated with Native audiences and is today considered the
Native American anthem. Later bands, such as U2 and
Nirvana, even performed the song in their shows.
Censored News BlogNovember 12, 2008
Keith Secola Directs Tribute to Floyd Westerman.
San Francisco, CA – The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) proudly announce a special film and music tribute “Remembering Floyd Red Crow Westerman (1936-2007)” presented November 13 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
The music tribute will be directed by Indian songwriter/performer Keith Secola and hosted by comic Charlie Hill and Max Gail.
Dubbed by critics both the "Neil Young of the Native rock world" and the "Native Bruce Springsteen", Keith Secola has in many people's viewpoints achieved legendary status
New York TimesFebruary 17, 2006
The path of true love may not be smooth but it is predictable in "Christmas in the Clouds," a wisp of a movie so bursting with good cheer that even its sole meanie is given a personality makeover before the end credits.
Filmed on location at the Sundance Resort, "Christmas in the Clouds" offers stunning views and supporting players with exactly one quirk apiece, like the vegetarian chef (Graham Greene) who treats meat lovers to impromptu lectures on the life stories of their chosen menu items. The plot — involving lost mice, a critical bingo game and an inconsiderate blizzard — may be trifling, but the writer and director, Kate Montgomery, deserves credit for portraying modern Native Americans who are neither alcoholics nor oracles of folk wisdom. And when will we have another chance to see the fearsome Wes Studi ("The Last of the Mohicans") calling out bingo numbers instead of war cries?
(The movie features Keith Secola's signature song "NDN Kars" and a new song written by Secola especially for the movie release, the rocking "Christmas Time" performed by Keith Secola and Wild Band of Indians.
A movie review in Oprah Magazine December issue declares, "a funny, spirited December charmer that will put you in a festive mood without leaving you with 'Jingle Bells' overload." ) Christmas in the Clouds Website
Christmas in the Clouds WebsiteNovember 25, 2005
Christmas in the Clouds
COMEDY "CHRISTMAS IN THE CLOUDS," FEATURING KEITH SECOLA'S MUSIC, DEBUTS IN MOVIE THEATERS NATIONALLY BEGINNING DECEMBER 2ND. The award winning indie-film by director and producer Kate Montgomery began its limited pre-release in California on November 4th, with proceeds to benefit California's neediest schools.
At the post-movie release party in Los Angeles on November 2nd, Keith Secola and band provided the evening's entertainment. The movie features Keith Secola's signature song "NDN Kars" and a new song written by Secola especially for the movie release, the rocking "Christmas Time" performed by Keith Secola and Wild Band of Indians.
A movie review in Oprah Magazine December issue declares, "a funny, spirited December charmer that will put you in a festive mood without leaving you with 'Jingle Bells' overload."
OFFICIAL SELECTION of the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
AUDIENCE AWARD - BEST FEATIRE FILM - AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL
BEST NATIVE AMERICAN - THEME FILM - SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL
2002 PHILADELPHIA FSTIVAL of WORLD CINEMA FAVORITE
STARRING GRAHAM GREEN - WES STUDI - RITA COOLIDGE & MORE
FEATURING MUSIC by MULTI-AWARD WINNING FOLK & INDIE ROCKER KEITH SECOLA
SHOT ON THE STUNNING GROUNDS of the ACCLAIMED SUNDANCE INSITUTE
Phoenix New TimesSeptember 08, 2005
Brendan Joel Kelley
Secola probably won't ever get placed in the pantheon of American music near Morrison, but he certainly deserves a spot someplace close by. Native Americana is just further proof that Keith Secola is far more than a niche artist; he's an amalgamation of this country's musical heritage.