Akwesasne band December Wind performing at Edwards Opera House
The Mohawk band December Wind will perform at the Edwards Opera House on Oct. 12. Photo subvmitted by December Wind.
AKWESASNE and EDWARDS -- December Wind a local folk-rock band led by two-time NAMMY Award winning artist Atsiaktonkie is in the planning stages for a tour that will take them across the region in promotion of their third studio album "Without Answers," which is set for release this fall."Our first North Country show will be at the Edwards Opera House on October 12 at 7 p.m.," Atsiaktonkie said.
At that show the band will debut tracks from their upcoming album, which will be their first album since "Second Wind," which was released in 2005.
"Our new CD is being dedicated to the missing and murdered Native American women and children," he said. "We have made some adjustments with a stronger focus on our message. We are also working on an amazing video production that will help bring light to the issue of the "people with the handprint on their faces," a Native American spiritual name for the missing and murdered women and children.
Joining Atsiaktonkie in December Wind is Terry Terrance on bass guitar and backup vocals, Barry Corley on drums and percussion.
"We are all Mohawk men. We walk the red road, which means no alcohol or drugs cloud our minds. We try to be kind to everyone we meet and try to give thanks no matter what," Atsiaktonkie said. "We hope that is reflected in our music."
The band's first album, "Sacred Voice" was released in 1999.
For fans not familiar with December Wind, their sound is reminiscent of Bob Seger, Neil Young or Bob Dylan , with a clear Native American message that comes through the band's thoughtful lyrics.
Both "Sacred Voice" and "Second Wind" are available for purchase at a number of retailers in and around Akwesasne.
For booking information, please contact Atsiaktonkie at [email protected].