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Joseph Fire Crow on The Awakening

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In 1992, FireCrow recorded the album, The Mist. Two years later, in 1994, he released a second self-produced recording, Rising Bird. These recordings were sold only at concerts. In April of 1996, his self-titled release, FireCrow, was one of the first recordings to be launched nationally on the Makoché label and is one of the label’s best sellers. Echodisc said in a review of FireCrow, “Joseph FireCrow is quite simply one of the most gifted players of the Native American flute, this is beautifully recorded.” Another reviewer described FireCrow as a “national treasure.” FireCrow’s follow-up, Cheyenne Nation, combined a soulful mixture of traditional flute and contemporary instrumentation to earn a GRAMMYTM nomination at the 43rd Annual Awards. In November of 2003, FireCrow’s Legend of the Warriorreceived recognition for both the Native American Music Award for “Songwriter of the Year,” as well as the Indian Summer Music Awards flute category winner. FireCrow’s collaborative effort with Jim Cockey lead to the composition of “Parmly’s Dream,” from the CD Signature. This release won FireCrow the “Best Instrumental Recording” Award at the 7th Annual Native American Music Awards. FireCrow’s latest effort, Red Beads, was released in late August of 2005. Red Beads comes full circle with a return to the traditional. This recording includes FireCrow’s mother, Elva Stands In Timber. Joseph was honored to have her join him. This release won FireCrow the “Flutist of the Year” Award at the 8th Annual Native American Music Awards.

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