Clear Water Drum

Indie folk/alternative country music sung in Cherokee

FIVE ISMA Nominations!

Anidohi CoverWe are SO excited to announce that we have received 5 Indian Summer Music Awards nominations for our 12th CD “Anidohi.” You can purchase the physical CD or download it here, or download from iTunes or your favorite music download source.

2 songs for Best Country Recording, 2 for Best Folk Recording, and 1 for Best Rock Recording!

You can find the nominated songs here.

They are, for Best Country Recording:

  • Celebration Song
  • Dances in Beauty

For Best Folk Recording:

  • Celebration Song (Yep, same song nominated in 2 categories)
  • World Neighbor Prayer

For Best Rock Recording:

  •  Gratitude Song

These are our first nominations in Country and Rock, and we are just so honored for all the nominations, because both the nominations and the final awards are chosen by music and recording industry professionals — in other words, it’s a level playing field for all recording artists, and not a matter of how many people you know.

“Clear Water consistently puts out music like no other… You guys never miss when it comes to your music! I can see why Anidohi has been nominated for awards in different categories at the ISMA! 

“I always read what you write on the inside cover and think about the message you are giving through your songs. I also read the names of each song and what they are about as I go through the CD and just try to think upon the message. I feel so many different emotions as I listen to your music – peace, joy, prayer, celebration and healing… Your music is a true gift.” — Carol Baptiste

I always love hearing your music.  It always makes me ‘Feel Good’ deep down.  It makes me feel happy and connected.  Your music is inspiring and healing in a way I can not explain.  It heals the spirit.  It is like a banquet of the best food, but for the soul and spirit instead of my tummy. — Deb Taylor-Johnson

Our 13th CD, “Adasegogisdi” was just released this past June, and you can hear it or purchase either a physical CD or download here, or from your usual music download site.

It’s another great batch of all new, all original killer dance music with acoustic instruments and the big powwow drum!

Woo-hoooo! Three Finalist ISMA nominations!!!

We have exciting news! We’ve been selected as Finalists in the top-5 for the Folk & Spiritual categories from our 11th CD, “Alii.” Three songs from the CD are on the Finalist list! In the ISMA (Indian Summer Music Awards) the Finalists & Awards are decided by a panel of music industry judges so this one is especially meaningful to us.

The songs are “Love Is Powerful” “Free Thinker” both for Best Folk Recording and “Mending the Sacred Hoop” for Best Spiritual Recording.

Every time we get a nomination it is so exciting! We couldn’t be where we are without your interest & encouragement. Thank you everyone!

And in case you missed the announcement, we released our 12th CD, “Anidohi” (The Messenger) this summer.

Nammy Nomination!

We just received official notice that we’ve been nominated for another NAMMY (Native American Music Awards)!

The nomination is for our 10th CD, Adageyudi, and for the song “Sing With Joy”

Voting is open to the general public at

The awards ceremony is November 14, so there’s not much time. We’d sure like to encourage everyone to go over to the NAMMY site and vote — every vote counts!

Eleventh CD Released!

This August we released our eleventh CD, Alii (Friendship)! It’s available on iTunes or your favorite download site, or from CD Baby at Or of course, directly from us.

This latest CD as always is built around the powerful beat of the powwow drum, but we’ve added guitar, banjo, mandolin, mandola and bass. The result is a powerful new blend of dance music that will get your feet moving in spite of yourself!

The southeastern and Appalachian areas were the original home of the Cherokee and other Native peoples. It was also where Scots Irish settlers came in great numbers. The Scots and Irish were persecuted minorities in Britain, and were societies based on the clan system, as the Southeast Natives were. So it was only natural that they formed a kinship and intermarried in great numbers.

This was the beginning of a new culture, the Appalachian. The Celtic settlers brought new instruments and new musical forms to these ancient lands. With Alii, we have incorporated many of these instruments into an exploration that includes subtle musical influences from many world cultures in this twenty-first century world — a world that continues to enrich us all as our cultures flow together in the digital age.

And so the powwow drum and the Cherokee language blaze new musical trails, creating a new form of uniquely American music much as Blues and Rock were born of the fusion of energies that is America.

Download the music and hear for yourself as a new chapter in American musical history is born:

Are you looking for our music?

Let’s make it simple, and get first things first. If you want to hear samples from our last two CD’s, or purchase downloads, one click will take you to our store. If you want to check out our entire discography, is probably the best place to go. If you want to hear full tracks or full CD’s, you can hear us worldwide on Spotify, Rdio and Jango. And of course, there’s always iTunes!

Our last two CD’s feature a greater mix of acoustic folk instruments, while the first eight, with the exception of one or two songs, are almost entirely vocal and Native percussion — powwow drum, water drum, and shakers of various kinds.

Our latest CD (#10) is called Adageyudi (Love). Eight of the songs feature a range of acoustic folk and country instruments, in addition to the percussion we’ve always built our music on. Just to be clear, the drum is the foundation of every song on every CD. There is no rock and roll style drum kit on any of our songs. What we’ve done on this CD is added acoustic six and twelve-string guitars, bass and Strumstick (stick dulcimer). The other two songs feature only our traditional percussion instruments accompanying the vocals.

Our previous CD (#9) is called Ayosgi (Soldier), and is dedicated to our veterans. Two songs on this CD received nominations for major national awards. “Ameliga,” a prayer song for our country, was nominated for Best Spiritual Recording at the Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA). This was the second ISMA nomination we’ve received, the first being for Best Traditional Drum for the song “Iyelidi” (Imagine) on our CD Itsula (Together).

Also on Ayosgi, our “Honor Song to Lori Piestewa” was nominated for a NAMMY (Native American Music Awards) for Best Folk Recording. Lori Piestewa was the 1st First Nations woman to die in combat for the United States. About half the songs on Ayosgi feature acoustic guitars, the other half only percussion accompaniment.

It can be a little tough to categorize our new music, but indie folk/alternative country seems to be about right given the available categories. The Appalachians are an area of the country where there was a lot of blending of Native and European culture, which contributed to the incredibly rich and vibrant musical heritage of the region. It’s an area that gave rise to much of what we now think of as folk or country music. We’ve been fascinated with this blend of heritages, and on our last two recordings we’ve found our own way to interpret the fusing of these two very different musical roots.