The upcoming change of seasons makes a nice time to take stock of one’s music library. Which artists continue to sustain us, delivering soul-satisfying nourishment? Which need to fall by the wayside?
If you’re looking for music that grounds, supports and uplifts…lend an ear to Indie-rock band Brule’.
Best of Brule’ 1 & 2 are an enticing array of tracks spanning their 23-year career.
The band’s unique sound offers tasteful guitar, snippets of the beautiful Lakota language and percussion that includes rain sticks, flute, and creative keyboards. Based in South Dakota and led by musician / songwriter Paul LaRoche, Brule’s brand of music is comforting and evocative.
“Buffalo Moon” – originally released on their “We the People” album – is a stellar example of the power their music holds. A compelling track, we knew we had to have it on our playlist.
Here’s a listen:
Brule’s founder Paul LaRoche grew up in southwest Minnesota. Drawn to music at an early age, he had always known he was adopted but knew nothing of his heritage. After losing both his adoptive parents in the same year, his wife discovered his adoption papers.
Several years later LaRoche was united with his biological Lakota family. The reunion was a joyful one.
Re-entering the music world in the relatively new genre of contemporary Native American music, LaRoche has been making music ever since, mixing traditional Native sounds with the rock, pop, and jazz. With the release of “We The People,” Brule’ was born.
“Brule’: Live at Mount Rushmore” has become the longest running Native American concert special to air on national television (PBS).
This year, the band has been performing almost daily at Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota (right).
“Best of” Highlights
Other highlights from the new collections: look for pensive “Brave Hearts” from their “We, the People” debut; terrifically powerful “Stomp Dance” and an autobiographical account of the band’s conception, the poignant “Dakota Rainstorm.”
Lastly, don’t miss “Star People” on Greatest Hits #1, or “Spirit Horses” on Greatest Hits #2.