Best Native American Rock Bands


The Top Ten

1 Redbone

Redbone opened many doors for other Native musicians but got little acknowledgement because Native musicians were not really accepted in the mainstream at the time. Most people don't even know how much their music influenced other musicians. In their own right, each one was a great musician and together they were unbeatable. Lolly's song, "Come And Get You Love" is still played on radio and covered by other musicians of today. They still have many fans and are still garnering new ones after all these years. They simply are the best.

Redbone was the first Native Band to break into the mainstream. Even though mainstream radio at the time refused to play some of their music for political reasons. Their song "Come And Get Your Love" has become almost an anthem in Indian Country. They had a great original sound that has never been duplicated although their music is covered still today. Fantastic musicians!

Great band and even better people. Got to spend a few hours working with band members at a earth day festival. Talked about our grandma's cooking and the old ways being lost. They gave both Native musicians a chance to go mainstream and showed everyone that our culture and music did not stop evolving in 1492. Because of them many native groups combine different modern genres their traditional music.

Love, love, love Redbone.

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2 Blackfoot Blackfoot Blackfoot is an American Southern rock musical ensemble from Jacksonville, Florida organized during 1970. Though they are primarily a Southern rock band, they are also known as a hard rock act.

Although, they were pegged southern rock, these guys could deafen ears with their hard stuff also... Check out "Good Morning" off their Marauder album, Ricky Medlocke Lead singer now plays with Skynyrd, Jakson "Thunderfoot" Spires sadly passed on a few years back, but the name keeps going, and so does their music... Top album... Strikes spawned their two biggest hits, "Train, Train" and "Highway Song"... Take a listen you won't be disappointed.

Grew up listening to these guys! Some were in other bands before this... I don't know their names right now. but my kids and grandkids all love listening to the Mountain Album. Rock on!

Absolutely love blackfoot! Some of the best rock ever

I love especially the songs: Oh Black Betty, Left Turn On A Red Light, Cherikee Nation - Greetings from Germany

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3 Testament Testament Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, the band consists of vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Gene Hoglan.

Testament helped me through my troubled teen years by allowing me to go to a different place in my mind while listening to their music. The song trail of tears sparked my quest for learning the truth about what the USA did to its native people, and how so little is being done to help them thrive as a culture. Testament has made its words heard;hovever, the treatment of Native Americans still has not changed. The US sends billions of dollars to other countries for democracy, but sweeps its own mistakes under the rug. I am known to be English, Irish, Chinese and Austrian, but I call myself American.

Playing it on NATIVE VOLTAGE radio program in Cortez Colorado

One of my all time favorite bands! Just saw them with Anthrax and Slayer five days ago.

Very underrated

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4 W.A.S.P. W.A.S.P. W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 by Blackie Lawless, who is the only remaining original member of the band.

Blackie Lawless, the pride of Cherokee-nation has been cranking out rock-anthems for many moons now... "He who dares wins" - Last Command

Just listen to W.A.S.P. , The Last Command, Inside the Electric Circus, The Headless Children and The Crimson Idol and you know, why...

Total inspiration for my metal madness.. !

Blackie introduced so much to Metal and is the PURE Alpha Male

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5 Blackfire

I love this band. Punk Rock / Native American tones/ Metal. Great message in the lyrics. Especially with songs Downfall, How can we confess, Its Not Over, and Silence as a weapon. They were found by Joey Ramone before his death and were on the Vans Warped tour in 2004. Buy their CD's now. Laugh out loud. I did.

Blackfire is a band that is very important to me. They helped me find my identity both as a Native and as an individual. If it wasn't for them I think I'd still be at war with myself.

They are very good, I like it

Now working as a duo Sihasin (hope in Navajo language) a high energy unique sound of bass and drums, jeneda and clayson benally. Klee has his own solo project. Their music is stronger than ever.

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6 Indigenous

INDIGENOUS was an awesome NA blues/rock band from Dakota heritage. Saw them jam many times around South Dakota, Neb. And in Alb. NM.

I saw and heard Indigenous in Boston 12 years ago and they were TOTALLY AWESOME. They did a bunch of Jimi's music and blew the house away.

I love there smooth style true till the gods call us home where we give thanks to all of the great music they shared with us.

The best sound coming out of America!
Mato Nanji and group are amazing and totally original!

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7 Stevie Salas

Indian Chief is one of the best songs he's written you can feel the culture in this tune also has a Hendrix vibe to boot - Awesome

8 Breach Of Trust

An absolute gem from La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada. Breach of Trust released two albums: "Songs For Dying Nations" in 2000 and a self-titled album in 2004. Standout tracks include the singles "Who Am I? " and "Edge of Summer." Highly recommended for any fans of hard rock.

9 Smooth Reign

In my professional opinion, this group needs a strong manager and a budget to get them to where they should be. A very refreshing dose of what music used to be. Kudos Smooth Reign!

This band is an all Native American versatile Hip/Hop/R&B/Rock group.

This band has a style of their own. They definitely stand out.

Need to hear more from this group

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10 Keith Secola and Wild Band of Indian

Just saw them again at the grassroots festival in trumansburg, ny. They are SO AWESOME! I feel every note, every wail, every hit and stomp... Right down to my soul! They should be higher on the list... Like #2, ok?!

Saw him at the Hard Rock in Orlando. Got his autograph. AMAZING MUSICIAN!

The song NDN car makes me happy and feel young. Down in Oklahoma on dirt roads and Black Jack trees with because's, friends and family. Stomp dances and Pow wows. Long live my gray war pony. The " Grey Ghost"

The Contenders

11 Coupstick

They have a real connection with the way of life in there tradition and it shows in the music they play

Native rock from Denver, Colorado
Count or Be Counted!

Coupstick is one of the MOST influential Native American bands I have EVER heard! Check them out! They are badass!

I have known These guys for several years Not only are they great at the music they preform, but they are awesome human beings, I believe they are headed for stardom

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12 The Johnnys
13 Aaron Peters
14 Xit

The first Indian Rock and no other Indian Rock band in North America comes close

"Reservation of education" all day.

One of the best bands ever! Love Tom Bee's voice.

15 Betty X
16 Ill NiƱo

Awesome band

17 Shawn Michael Perry & Only The Brave

Give my brother a listen and vote for him!

Sounds great!

18 The Black Owl Society

This band is seriously awesome. Such an amazing talent and sound! The bass player is an original member of Indigenous and has created this new trio that has explosive lyrics and a heavy blues/rock sound. The songs so far are a mix of some ground shaking originals and some blues you may already know, but a lot heavier. I definitely give this hot Nakota bass player two major thumbs up!

19 Systems Victims

North Dakota 's longest standing Native
Crust band. If you enjoy some crusty thrash! YouTube them!

Expext to lose your phone at there shows!

20 Native Reign
21 Deadsy
22 Corporate Avenger

Awesome Industrial-Hip Hop-Metal Rock group.
Wikipedia says "Corporate Avenger is a Native American band from Southern California. The style of their music has varied over time, ranging from electronica and industrial to rap to rock. With each change, the subject matter has always remained the same: political matter, knowledge, and spirituality. "
The group is a great group with some controversial and radical songs.

Love this band. You won't find a much more offensive band but they talk about truth and yeah it hurts...

23 Hunters Moon

Navajo Metal band from Northern Arizona. They have been around since 2008. A few demos and an EP but something worth checking out. Musicianship is there, I've seen their new stuff on YouTube, they're amazing!

24 Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Not 100% Native, but mixing Asian, Polynesian, and Native American elements (all arguably having ancient connections) with all kinds of mind-crushing psychedelic noise and rock. I'm only a tiny bit Native, but when I heard this, something stirred in me...!

Best Band of Life.

25 A Tribe Called Red

Truly Awesome

26 Graywolf Blues Band

Graywolf BlueBamd Best Native Blues Rock Band

GBB winner of a Native American Music Award

27 Road Engine Dreams (R.E.D.)

One of the best Native Indie bands on the west coast.

28 Sleep Tastes Pretty

Check out one of nm best native metal core bands

29 Death Angel Death Angel Death Angel is an American thrash metal band from Daly City, California, initially active from 1982 to 1991 and again since 2001. Death Angel has released seven studio albums, two demo tapes, one box set and two live albums.

Personally I like the newer stuff, awesome hard sound!

30 The Jir Project Band

This band is totally awesome. They write all their own music and have 2 albums out. Jir Anderson is the lead guitar player and frontman. They are out of Albuquerque, NM. His guitar playing is out of this world. Check them out.

31 Triple Cross

All native Christian Rock band from Apache country! They started back in 1998 and have been nominated for NAMMYS. Check their You tube videos.

32 Jim Boyd

Hailing from the Colville Indian Reservation, his songs ranged from folk to country, rock and blues all while balancing his commercial and artistic sides. A music magazine said he was "a mix of folk, rock, blues, thoughtful lyrics with great guitar riffs and strong vocals". The song "A Million Miles Away" still moves me 'til this day. Rest in peace to a legend.

33 Bruthers of Different Muthers

Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, BoDM combines elements of Grunge and Hard Rock with traditional First Nation music. The group has only released one album in 2011, "Speakers of Tomorrow"

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