As a traditional flutist and singer Cody Blackbird has been recognized as one of the top Native American flutists touring today, reaching over 120 communities annually.
Cody and the Cody Blackbird Band kick off the “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series at Northeast State Community College on June 15. The series features local, regional, and nationally known musical artists.
Cody is of the Eastern Band Cherokee and Roma descent. His father is Thomas Blackbird, an accomplished American Indian Cowboy poet. Cody found his calling as a musician and has had worldwide success with his band the Cody Blackbird Band. Starting as a traditional flutist and singer, he recorded the album Raven Speaks Cody recorded the album Raven Speaks which garnered him a nomination at the 2010 Native American Music (NAMMY) Awards for Best Debut Artist. Blending the old with the new, Cody merges the Native American flute with powerful vocals into contemporary blues rock sounds. The band has been compared to a hybrid Native version of the famous Blues rock band Blues Traveler.
The band recently received attention and praise from luminaries including Mike Posner and the Steve Miller Band’s Kenny Lee Lewis as well as Kris Kristofferson and others. Featured on NBC, PBS, WGN, MSNBC, CNN and the New York Times, Cody has performed over 1,500 shows both nationally and internationally. The Cody Blackbird Band has shared the bill with such artists as Michael Franti, Arlo Guthrie, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Rickey Medlocke, Buffy St. Marie, Peter Paul and Mary’s Peter Yarrow, and reggae legends “Big Mountain” among others.
Blackbird collaborated in 2014 with Lakota Producer Terrance to create the album Euphoria, an exploration of merging Native American flute with celestial synth key and drums to create an album that lives up to its name. Euphoria placed number 17 on the iTunes and Billboard New Age charts and was featured in Top 40 and was nominated at the 2016 NAMMY Awards.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater at the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at www.northeaststate.edu/tickets, by calling 423.354.5169, or at the door. Northeast State students with ID are admitted for free. The band will also hold a workshop at 3:00 p.m. on the Blountville campus. Contact Jim Kelly at email@example.com to sign up.