Redbone is a Native American rock group originating in the 1970s with brothers Pat and Lolly Vegas. Redbone is known and accredited by the NY Smithsonian as the first Native American rock/Cajun group to have a No. 1 single in the United States and internationally.
In 2014, “Come And Get Your Love” experienced a resurgence in popularity when it was featured in the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy as one of the songs on a mixtape made for the protagonist, Peter Quill. It was also included on the film’s soundtrack album, which reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart.
Redbone achieved hits with their singles “We Were All Wounded At Wounded Knee”, “The Witch Queen of New Orleans“, “Wovoka”, and “Maggie” in the United States, but predominantly overseas.
This is the first in a series of blog posts about indigenous American music.
Archie James Cavanaugh can certainly claim to have had a major label release on A&M in 1980 with an album entitled Black and White Raven. The fine print is that the label released the record only in Alaska. Cavanaugh is a member of the South Alaskan Tlingit tribe and his superb performances have survived the tests of time, one of which always seems to require emerging from the shroud of obscurity known as “non-promotion.”
What makes Black and White Raven stand out is the band. They aren’t just accomplished session musicians, they’re a seasoned unit that plays well together and knows each other’s strengths. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and it makes a joyful track like “Make Me Believe” more than a love song. This may be by design; a few songs later it resonates with a higher power on “Light Unto the World,” as catchy a piece of gospel soul as you’ve ever heard.
This album/CD is dedicated to Jesus Christ, ax Dikée Aankáawoo (Tlingit for my Heavenly Father). -Archie James Cavanaugh