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The best kept secret in music


"Official Zia Soul Press Release"

March 28, 2003
For immediate release
(Independent, Tribal Stew Music)

The Albuquerque, New Mexico band Red Earth have announced the release of their highly anticipated new album, Zia Soul. Produced independently, Zia Soul was completed at the Santa Fe Center Studios in Albuquerque with award winning engineer Eric Larson. Credit also goes to Ozomatli’s Wil-Dog Abers for co-producing one track on the disc, as well as Native Roots’ John Williams for recording and mixing another.
Honored with a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) in 2000 as “Debut Group of the Year,” Red Earth have continued their musical journey with an album sure to turn heads around the Southwest and in Indian Country. Zia Soul demonstrates the group’s maturation from their first two releases, When Worlds Collide (1999) and Live! (2001) to the present. The new disc explores an impressive selection of musical styles, and includes appearances by numerous guest artists. The themes addressed in Zia Soul take the band's trademark lyrical intensity up another notch and demonstrate their keen awareness of and dedication to Native issues.
Throughout the album, Red Earth make a musical statement about life in the Southwest United States and contemporary Native America. Mixing everything from their tribal funk (Red Delicious, Phat Albert Jr., Pouring Down) and metal (Key of Pain, More American), to Caribbean flavored rock (Fly to the Sun) and reggae (Life in Babylon), to Brazilian drums (The Atomic Batucada) and rockabilly (Rez Rocket), all the way to Native rhythms (Waiting for the Rain) and New Orleans music (4:38/Zia Soul), Red Earth continue their quest for new sounds.
The band’s consciousness of their surroundings and current events is enlivened by their constant humor and optimism, as the album flows from one track to the next like a road-trip across the Rez. Zia Soul is the next batch of Red Earth’s unique musical stew, and its explosive, positive musical energy will force you to sit up and take a listen.
The new album is now available in numerous music stores throughout Albuquerque and the Southwest, as well as on-line. Contact the band to get the disc distributed in your area. Visit Red Earth’s official website for more information about the band and the Zia Soul. - Tribal Stew Music

"Red Earth"

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Zia Soul - 2003
Live! - 2001
When Worlds Collide - 1999
Demo EP - 1998


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New Mexico, USA

The founding members of Red Earth have been performing together since the mid-1990s when they met in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since that time, the group has gone through various personnel changes and additions as their sound has grown dramatically. Now several years into the journey, the band has been working to create a sound utilizing Native American themes combined with numerous contemporary music influences from across the Americas and the world. On their latest album "Zia Soul" (Tribal Stew Music, 2003) that sound has solidified with a collection of diverse and energetic tracks, all with a uniquely Native American/Southwest voice.

The band mixes musical, cultural and political influences together to create an explosive sound, which they label "tribal stew." Amidst these numerous influences, Red Earth projects a fresh originality that can be clearly seen and felt at their high-energy and fun-filled live shows. Everything from funk, rock, reggae, and Latin grooves are mixed with ska, punkabilly, jazz, and Native American rhythms, along with a heavy dose of Indian humor. Underlying the music are the band's uplifting and positive lyrics that call out for unity among all people. After years of playing locally, the band has attracted a substantial following around the Southwest and in Indian Country, demonstrated by them being awarded the prestigious "Debut Artist of the Year" at the Native American Music Awards (NAMAs), the first awards ceremony in the United States to recognize Native music. The band recently took home "World Music Album of the Year" at the 2003 NAMAs.

Red Earth has shared the bill with numerous noteworthy artists, including: Ozomatli, War, 311, Los Lobos, The Funk Brothers, Indigenous, Robert Mirabal, Bill Miller, Native Roots, Casper, Willie Nelson, John Trudell, Las Ví£´imas Del Dr. Cerebro (from Mexico), and Querosene Jacare from Brazil.) They also created and organize the annual "Electric 49" festival, which takes place every April in Albuquerque. Their music has also been featured in several New Mexico films and CD compilations. Red Earth has participated in numerous festivals all across the United States, as well being invited to the international Chants du Monde festival in Bretagne, France.

With the new album "Zia Soul," Red Earth is poised to take their sound outside of Indian Country and outside of the United States. Helping to lead the way in the recent surge of contemporary Native artists arising in the United States (and around the globe), this band needs to be heard and felt in a live setting to truly capture the energy of their songs, and the power of their musical message. Red Earth is a band that understands the seriousness of what they are doing yet never take themselves too serious in the process. Please check out the official Red Earth website for more information on the "tribal stew" brewing in the deserts of New Mexico.

Booking Information:
Phone: 505-842-8417

Address: Tribal Stew, LLC
dba Red Earth
320 16th St. NW
Albuquerque, NM, USA 87104