TAOS, NM—Taos natives and Native Rock recording artists Robby Romero and Robert Mirabal have combined their talents to release a new “alter-Native” single titled, “Iron Horse.” “Iron Horse” commemorates the Summer of the Red Willow, when Taos, New Mexico’s Kit Carson Park was renamed “Red Willow” in June 2014 by the Town of Taos.
“When the opportunity presented itself, I suggested that the Town of Taos change the name of Kit Carson Park to Red Willow Park to honor the people of the Red Willow,” said Robby Romero. “I made the suggestion to kindle a conversation about one-sided perspectives that are more often then not ‘his story’ – not ‘history.’”
“Robby brought me out of the corn fields of Taos Pueblo to join in igniting a collective fire and creating a poetic dialogue,” said Robert Mirabal. “I was a bit reluctant at first, however; as fate has it, the inevitable Kit Carson name-change provided the artistic momentum for a coming together of our music.”
“Iron Horse,” written collaboratively by Mirabal and Romero, will be performed at a special “Summer of the Red Willow” concert at KTAOS Solar Pavilion on Sept. 20, 2014.
“Iron Horse” is a unique reflection of the many genres of music that thrive in Northern New Mexico – from the traditional Native American flute and soul stirring vocals, to classic rock and Spanish guitar. The fast paced, almost spiritual anthem of the Native American people’s diversity and their potential as a force of nature when they are united is inspirational.
“Iron Horse” is the first single from the upcoming self-titled EP, Iron Horse, under the indigenous music label, Eagle Thunder Records. The EP will be released on Nov. 4, 2014 during “Native American Heritage” month. Both Romero and Mirabal will celebrate Native American Heritage month at the first-ever Indigenous Music Festival to be held in Taos, Nov. 15, 2014.
The “Iron Horse” single is now available on iTunes, Amazon and through other leading music stores worldwide.
For more information, contact Joanie Griffin at 505-261-4444 or jgriffin(at)griffinassoc(dot)com.
Artist Bios. Robby Romero is the founder and leader of the Native Rock band, Red Thunder. Romero rose to prominence with the world broadcast of his first music video, “Is It too Late?” and his designation as a United Nations Ambassador of Youth for the Environment. Romero’s Free Your Mind public services announcements and music videos broadcast on MTV and VH1 introduced Native Rock music to the music television generation and were designed to break stereotypes about American Indians. Romero has shared the stage with multi-platinum musical artists including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, and Cat Stevens, to name a few. His politicized “rockumentary” films (including Who’s Gonna Save You, America’s Last Frontier, Hidden Medicine and Makoce Wakan) have been broadcast on VH1, Sundance Channel, CBS and SABC Africa. Romero has received multiple awards in acknowledgment of his work from The National Congress Of American Indians and The United Nations to the industry’s prestigious Cable Ace-Award and Gold and Platinum Records. For more information on Romero, visit robbyromero.com.
Two-time Grammy award winner, Robert Mirabal, lives with his family at the foot of the sacred Taos Mountain and maintains a traditional life, keeping the centuries-old customs of the Taos Pueblo people. Mirabal has been described as a Native American renaissance man and musician, composer, painter, and more. Mirabal plays his music all over the world. After several recordings highlighting Mirabal’s “exquisitely nuanced flute playing” (as per the New York Times), his 2001 PBS special and CD “Music From A Painted Cave” brought him national acclaim. Mirabal recently received the 2014 New Mexico Governors awards for Excellence in the Arts. For more information on Mirabal, visit robertmirabal.com.
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