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
Native American Music Awards nomination-Best Blues & Debut Album “From
Summer Music Awards nomination-Best Blues “From All Directions”
2006: Native American Music Awards nomination-Best
Blues recording “A Little White Lie”
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”