Welcome to Indigenous in Music! This week Larry welcomes from the Star Blanket First Nations, Saskatchewan. He has been enjoying the success with the release of his 3rd album “I’ve found my home.” Mr Conrad Bigknife. You can find out all about him at condradbigknife.com and hear his music on Spotify.
Music from Conrad Bigknife, Tracy Bone, Young Medicine, Shauit, Manu Chao,
QVLN, nehiyawak, Bluedog, Brule, John Trudell, Tracy Lee Nelson, Gabby Taylor, Sandra Sutter, Midnight Shine, Angus Vincent, Alan Syliboy & the Thundermakers, Orishas, Madcon, Novalima, Dj Bitman, Monareta, Gustavo Cerati, John Mcleod, Trent Agecoutay, David Thundering Eagle Falis, Eagle & Hawk, Cary Morin, Celeigh Cardinal and much much more.
To Skip to Spotlight Interview, click forward two times to segment 3….Enjoy!
We’ve all heard the phrase “born to be”. In Conrad Bigknife’s case, he is living that phrase. A vocalist first and foremost, he has the ability to capture a song and hand deliver it to the audience. He can sound like some of the world’s most widely recognized artists, he’ll sing you one of his ballads and you’ll feel it to the core. Quickly becoming recognized as one of Canada’s top up and coming Aboriginal artists, Conrad works hard at blending the lines of alternative country music and his cultural background.
Like many performers before him who successfully broke down some fences, he might be a challenge to the concept of what a country artist is. It’s a challenge he relishes and celebrates; because music does nothing better than bring people together with a universal language. His passion, drive and talent are undeniable. A showman and an artist, a writer and a voice. It’s real lifemusic, hooks included.
Bigknife grew up in a large, close-knit family on Starblanket First Nation with 3 sisters and 4 brothers. He remembers his father as the ultimate “Jack-of-All-Trades” driving snow plow in the winter, doing carpentry year round and raising cattle on their farm. His Mom somehow managed to take care of all of the kids and also drive school bus. At the age of 8, Bigknife remembers listening to classic country albums with his Dad and siblings. Some of his favorite performers were: Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Freddy Fender and of course, Johnny Cash. By the age of 13, he was a full on Elvis fan. He says, “There were times when I got very close to sounding like Elvis on “Jailhouse Rock” and “Hound Dog” and right then I knew that music was what I was going to do with my life.” Bigknife will still play some of those beloved Elvis songs for the fans who request them when he plays at the local Province casinos.