It’s not often that two immensely talented and well-known artists of these men’s stature come together to create what is known in Rock and Roll parlance as a Super Group, especially if they hail from Indian country.
Although they had performed together once, live on Channel 7 News NM in 1990 and encouraged to collaborate by both industry insiders and their fans alike over the years, Robby Romero and Robert Mirabal had accomplished so much individually that there was little reason for them to combine. her talents until fate intervened during the summer of The Red Willow 2014.
Pursued by several major record labels and producers, including Johnny Rivers, Van Dyke Parks, and the infamous Phil Spector as a teenager, Robby Romero rejected the notion of becoming a commercially viable rock star early on, and instead signed with the then, still Independent Island. Records in 1989. In 1990, after Island was sold to Polygram, following his natural inclination to avoid the obvious, Romero once again decided to go his own way as an artist and created his own record label, Eagle Thunder Records and the foundation of him, Native. Child survival.
His conscious choice to avoid the commercial path to rock stardom and instead follow the Red Road of his ancestors has blessed Robby with a rich and rewarding life that allows him to give back and give back all he has accomplished as an artist, filmmaker, musician and UN Youth Ambassador for the Environment.
In the summer of 2014, when Robby had the opportunity to influence Kit Carson’s name change (to Red Willow) Park, he called in Robert Mirabal as a backup.
“Robby took me out of the Pueblo cornfields to join in lighting a collective fire and creating a poem.c dialog”, Mirabal said at the time.
No stranger to the spotlight, despite his commentary on the cornfields, Robert, who happens to be an accomplished farmer and traditional Pueblo storyteller, is a two-time Grammy winner who got his start in music by appearing at events. Michael Martin Murphey’s West Fest throughout the early ’90s was signed to Warner Western Records and after several recordings that showcased what The New York Times called “his exquisitely nuanced flute playing,” his PBS special and CD 2001’s Music From A Painted Cave earned him national acclaim.
its simple Iron horse it is receiving airplay on major stations in the US, crossing over from Indian Country Native Radio and an EP will be released in 2015.
We can only hope that this is just the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration between two of the best Native Rock artists. Taos is lucky to have both of them here, most of the time.
We’ll have two more giveaways during this fabulous event at taoStyle, so stay with us over the next month of weekends for more details, surprises, and much more about these two incredibly successful artists.
Photographs by Carol Morgan-Eagle