Join us for a very intimate concert setting featuring John Trudell and his band Bad Dog @ the Springfield Grange.
John Trudell is an acclaimed poet, national recording artist, actor and activist whose international following reflects the universal language of his words, work and message. Trudell (Santee Sioux) was the spokesperson for the Indian of All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island from 1969-1971.
Trudell began recording his poetry to traditional Native music in 1982, in 1983 he released his debut album Tribal Voices on his own Peace Company label. Trudell then teamed up with ledgendary Kiowa guitarist Jesse Ed Davis. Together, they recorded three albums during the 80's. Bob Dylan dubed the first of these, AKA Graffiti Man, the best album of the year. This album served early notice of Trudells singular ability to express fundamental truths through a unique mix of poetry, Native music, blues and rock. Since that time, Trudell has realeased seven more albums plus a digitally re-mastered collection of his early Peace Company cassettes. His 2002 CD Bone Days, was executive porduced by Academy Award winning actress Angelina Jolie and released on the Daemon Records label.
His latest double album, Madness & the Moremes showcases more than five years of new music and includes special Ghost Tracks of old favorite Trudell tunes made with legendary Kiowa guitatist Jesse Ed Davis. Madness and The Moremes is only avaiable on line at www.johntrudell.com.
In addition to his music career, Trudell has played roles in a number of feature films, including a lead role in the Mirimax movie Thunderheart and a major part in Sherman Alexie's Smoke Signals. He most recently played Coyote in Hallmark's made for television movie Dreamkeeper.