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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


July 27, 2002 - Issue 66


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Jim Boyd

credits: photos copyright 2000-2002 Jim Boyd and Thunderwolf Records

In this issue, we feature Jim Boyd, who has been nomintated for not one, but THREE Nammys this year!

  • Artist of the Year
  • Songwriter of the Year
  • Record of the Year

Jim Boyd is a singer/songwriter and member of the Lakes band on the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington State. One of six children (three boys and three girls), Jim and his family moved on and off the reservation as they at times followed their father around the country, courtesy of the Air Force.

Boyd's interest in music developed at a very early age, and continued to expand as he was introduced to various instruments such as trumpet, drums, guitar, bass guitar, flute, and keyboards.

Boyd has performed in many cover bands as well as original groups including the Native American contemporary group, XIT.

He started taking his writing seriously at the age of 33 when he recorded a demo of what was released on Canyon Records as Reservation Bound.

Since then he has released many more "Native American contemporary" category titles that fuse a variety of musical genres with lyrics of Indian issues. Other of Boyd's releases include, Unity, Reservation Blues, and First Come, Last Served released on Thunderwolf Records and distributed by Sound Of America Records (SOAR), Zango Music, Four Winds Trading Company, Bonds Indian Supply LLC, and Thunderwolf Mail order.

Boyd collaborated with writer/friend Sherman Alexie on the music for Miramax's motion picture Smoke Signals. Four of these songs are included in the soundtrack distributed by TVT Records. This recording received the Best Compilation Award in the second annual Native American Music Awards.

Jim Boyd performs as a solo artist playing guitar while singing his original songs, occasionally weaving in cedar flute.

Boyd also collaborates and performs with writer/friend Sherman Alexie on various multi-media productions and the Honor The Earth benefit concerts which have included artists Bonnie Raitt, The Indigo Girls, and Ulali.

You can also catch Boyd with his four-piece group REZ BOUND at concerts, festivals, and colleges everywhere.

Jim Boyd and Thunderwolf Records

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