O’siyo. Native artist Micki Free is still performing, helping others, and being an excellent role model for young people every where! The following is an excerpt from an interview by ICTNM.
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Native Americans need more people to look up to, and I try to be one of those guys, says Free. Photo by Jason Morgan Edwards. ICTMN.
Excerpt: Micki Free: Jamming for Veterans… By Jason M. Edwards. ICTMN
“Micki Free, Cherokee and Comanche, is showing no signs of slowing his rock or his roll. The former Shalamar guitarist is still headlining venues with his American Horse Band. A new album on Frontier Records, featuring Free and Jean Beauvoir (collaborator with KISS, The Ramones and others) is set to be released in 2015. And, the man regularly appears with Carlos Santana and drummer Cindy Blackman-Santana. He has just announced dates and venues for an Australian mini tour with Leon Hendrix, younger brother of Jimi. He’s receiving a Rock Honors Award at this weekend’s 2014 Indie Entertainment Summit alongside Steppenwolf, Deep Purple, Metallica, Parlament-Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, 2Pac and Nirvana. He may be 59, but he soesn’t sound like a man who’s ready for a porch-swing. Indian Country Today caught up with him in a rare moment of downtime.”
Micki Free and artist Jean Beauvoir. Photo: GC Jel Productions.
ICTMN: Tell us about the benefit show you did for Homeless Veterans Concert in Pomona, California.
MF: I’ve got various projects that I do. The group that performed for the Homeless Veterans Benefit is a group of pro players: bassist Prescott Niles, formerly of The Knack; drummer Hawk Lopez, who’s played on the Native Music Rock Tour; and others. The line-up for the show also included Redbone, Hank Linderman, Angela Razon and comedian Jim Ruel.
ICTMN: How did you get attached to this project?
MF: I got a call from the promoters to get involved. I do two or three benefits a year. Performing for veterans is close to my heart. My stepfather was a vet, my brother-in-law is a Vietnam vet, and I believe in the veterans and what they do for America, period. Native Americans are a big part of that group, and they fought and died for this country.
ICTMN: What’s the scoop on the Beauvoir-Free collaboration deal?
MF: Jean Beauvoir is a very famous producer and song-writer and artist in his own right. He was in the group The Plasmatics. He wrote and produced for KISS… We’re partners in songwriting. We had a group in the early 90’s called Crown of Thorns, signed to Interscope Records…We’re no strangers to huge record deals and touring big arenas. So, look for us out there in late 2014 and into 2015. We’re doing the CD called American Trash.
ICTMN: Any special guests…making cameos in studio?
MF: With friends like Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman-Santana, Jon Bon Jovi, Joe Perry — the list of people we know and have worked with is endless. So, if people are available, and so inclined, and the song warrants it, it will be a ring of stars and hit-makers. But the ICTMN readers will just have to stay tuned.
“I’m a humble guy and I care about my fellow human beings. I think that Native Americans need more people to look up to, and I try to be one of those guys. I do the best I can.” ~Micki Free~
Discussion Questions for this post
- Micki Free is a member of which two tribes?
- What instrument does Micki Free play?
- What was the name of his former group?
- Who is the famous artist playing with Micki on his new album?
- Micki is developing music programs for Tribes in which state?