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Joni Buffalohead

Joni BuffaloheadJoni Buffalohead is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate Tribe an lead singer of the award winning Native blues band Bluedog. The band was established in 2001 by Joni and lead guitarist Eric Buffalohead. The band’s music is influenced by life experiences of Native people.  Joni states “Native people experience and live the blues every day.  For us it reflects a significant part of life for Native people and our relationship with the U.S. government: in the past, present and future. All the pain we’ve endured from massacres, boarding schools, and forced removal from our homes, etc… all attempts to erase our culture and our people.  We are still here.  Our music celebrates life, the good and bad.”

Joni’s band has performed across the United States in support of their original recordings at  The Fargo Blues Fest in North Dakota; The Last Ride Blues Fest, Minnesota; Native American Music Awards, in Florida; Indian Summer Festival, Wisconsin; and, Yakima Tribal Jam in Washington. The band has fronted notable blues acts including: The Robert Cray Band, Indigenous, Los Lonely Boys, Corey Stevens, John Mayall, Kenny Neal Band, Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, Coco Montoya, Ana Popovic, Walter Trout, Shannon Curfman, and James Cotton.

Awards & Nominations Received

2005:  Native American Music Awards nomination-Best Blues & Debut Album “From All Directions”

2005:  Indian Summer Music Awards nomination-Best Blues “From All Directions”   

2006: Native American Music Awards nomination-Best Blues recording “A Little White Lie”

 2010:  Native American Music Award Winner- Group of the Year “Get up & Get Out”

2010: Indian Summer Music nomination-Best Blues “Get up & Get Out”

2012: Indian Summer Music Awards nomination-Best Blues; Best Pop; Best Rock

“Just Living the Blues”  





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