Jared Tyler

"I am deeply honored and humbled by being asked to contribute a song to "Swimming in Blackwater." The pipeline dilemma at Standing Rock has been a major wake up call for the people on Earth in my opinion. Water is life, and we must do everything in our power to protect it! The Dakota Access Pipeline must be stopped, and I commend all those brave souls who have been on the front lines of this fight. I chose to contribute my song "Pain of the World" in hopes that its message brings love to those who listen. It is my hope and prayer that the music of "Swimming in Blackwater" brings many blessings to all those involved at the Camp of the Sacred Stones."
~ Jared Tyler

Oklahoma native, Jared Tyler, has been writing and performing songs since he was in his teens. In his relatively short career, Jared has made music with a remarkable array of respected artists. He’s opened shows for Nickel Creek, Merle Haggard, Wilco, Shelby Lynne, John Hammond and Willis Alan Ramsey. He’s performed or recorded with John Moreland, Emmylou Harris, David Wilcox, Suzi Ragsdale, Darrell Scott, and John Fullbright. And as a producer, he’s worked with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Monica Taylor, Jimmy LaFave and Malcolm Holcombe, among others.

"Jared Tyler not only has the rare ability to see through to the heart of a song, he illuminates it so that others can see it too.”- Chuck Zwicky (Engineer/Producer- NYC)

“Jared Tyler is equally great as an artist, songwriter, musician and producer. He transcends all the boundaries of music with a remarkable force that makes his music timeless.” - Ray Kennedy (Roots/Americana producer - Nashville)

“Jared sings and plays as good as anybody. Period. His songs are poignant justice.” - Malcolm Holcombe (Singer-Songwriter - Swannanoa, NC)

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Havilah Rand

"Our responsibility to protect the Earth and the people who belong to it is in dire need of attention and direct action. The current situation at the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota provides an opportunity for the citizens of the United States of America to take a stand against the corruption and financial greed that has grossly distorted the role of our government and put the health and lives of millions of Americans at risk. I view my work as a songwriter as a responsibility to share my truth with the world and as an instrument of positive transformation. The song I am offering entitled "Blood and Oil" was written to the brave water protectors at Standing Rock and also expresses my belief that love and compassion towards all sentient beings is our only protection against the fear and greed that is currently causing so much pain and destruction across our planet. It is my sincerest hope that this song will play a role in providing financial support and hope to the many people whose lives are being directly affected by the Dakota Access Pipeline."
~ Haviliah Rand

Havilah Rand is an award winning singer songwriter based in Austin, TX. Her musical journey spans two decades and weaves its way through the jazz halls of New York City, the alternative rock venues of post grunge Seattle and countless listening rooms with acoustic guitar in tow. Havilah offers a unique brand of melodically lush, groove infused Americana mulled in poetic lyricism born of adventure, self exploration and artistry at its most poignant. She is also the founder and creator of Young Songwriter Camps and Workshops, a program that brings music and creativity to kids through summer camps and after school workshops.

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Gaelynn Lea

"I believe that water is the sacred key to our survival and that protecting it affirms the value of the Earth and all creatures who inhabit it. I believe that indigenous rights matter and that human rights matter - I believe that people of all backgrounds need to come together and support each other when these rights are threatened or ignored. I am supporting this project out of respect for the brave and difficult work of the activists at Camp of the Sacred Stones - contributing a track to this album is just one tiny way to contribute to their efforts. The world needs people to stand up for what they believe in and I believe that Camp of Sacred Stones is setting an example for people all over the world. Thank you to Camp of Sacred Stones for your service to the Earth and to humanity."
~ Gaelynn Lea

Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her experimental and ambient takes on fiddle music, an approach that incorporates her love of traditional tunes, songwriting, poetry and sonic exploration. Her work most recently won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country. Gaelynn Lea has been playing violin for over twenty years, developing an improvisational style all her own. She has performed alongside many notable Minnesota musicians over the years, including Alan Sparhawk, Charlie Parr, and Billy McLaughlin.

On March 3, 2016, Gaelynn Lea was named the winner of NPR Music’s second-ever Tiny Desk Contest. The video entry of her original song "Someday We'll Linger in the Sun" rose to the top of over 6,100 submissions from around the nation, chosen as the unanimous favorite among the contest’s six judges. The very next week, Gaelynn performed a moving Tiny Desk Concert, at which the show’s host Bob Boilen said “there was hardly a dry eye."

Gaelynn Lea's musical reach has expanded significantly because of the Tiny Desk Contest. She began a touring nationally in September 2016, and in December 2016 she performed in Europe for the first time as support for Low’s Christmas tour. She has recorded three solo albums to date.

In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn also loves to do speaking engagements about disability, overcoming challenges, and the joy of music. Gaelynn has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. Gaelynn believes society must make accessibility a priority so people with disabilities can participate fully in their communities and use their talents and gifts without discrimination.

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MC Frontalot

"This is among the smallest possible things we could do to help, but we hope it does help a little."
~ MC Frontalot

MC Frontalot is the progenitor of nerdcore hip-hop and still its final boss. Busdriver is MC Frontalot's favorite rapper and a titan in the form. John Roderick is an itinerant beard oil salesman and one or all of The Long Winters.

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Mike June

"I am contributing to this project because I strongly believe in the communicative power of music, and the effect it can have on the individual listener."
~ Mike June

Singer-songwriter Mike June has been touring constantly. In the past three years, he has played close to 600 shows, visiting 48 States, Canada and the UK. This breakneck pace, he says, is necessary for an artist like himself to survive in today's ever-changing music business . “I don't have much of a choice,” says June when asked why he spends most of his year on the road, driving six to eight hours a day, sometime only to play in front of a handful of listeners. "I'm doing this without a record label or radio promotion , so in order to connect with my fans, I have to go town to town and play my songs for people to hear them." With typical self-deprecating humor, he adds "I'm like a door-to-door song salesman."

A door to door salesman is an apt description for a man who has worked countless jobs in his time, including a stint as a vacuum cleaner salesman, to support his musical ambitions. “I've worked in landscape, construction, cooking, advertising and just about everywhere else. I worked as a garbageman for a while. It made me appreciate hard work.”  But the one job that informed June the most as a musician was his time working as a talent agent, representing acts such as Janis Ian, Celia Cruz and the late Richie Havens. “I learned two things working as an agent. The first is that the music business has very little to do with music. Second, you don't need to be part of the 'music industry' to have a successful music career. There are tons of independent artists who have blazed their own path toward successful careers. I was able to see that at a relatively young age and it inspires me all these years later.”

A native of New Jersey, June started a his first band in 1999 and began playing in clubs in and around New York City. In 2002, he released his debut record, “Crooked” and followed it up with “Lovesick” in 2007. Both records were well-received, but he wasn't able to capitalize on the acclaim due to a heroin habit that landed June in jail several times. 2008, seeking a fresh start, June moved from New Jersey to Austin, TX, where he spent several years away from the stage and concentrated on his job as a music teacher in a local pre-school. When the school cut funding for the music program, the now-sober June found himself out of work. It was then that he committed himself to carving out his own path in music. 

Since then, June has released two records: string-band stomper “Exile on Wilson Street” and the socio-political roots rocker “Talkin' Revolution Blues.” Both critically acclaimed records draw on June's experiences as a working-class American as well as his battles with addiction, depression and heartbreak. The songs on those records have found an audience not only in America, but across the Atlantic as well, "My story is the story of the everyday, average person: You work your ass off. You don't get paid enough. You don't get enough respect . You struggle to break even. And at the end of most days, you're left wondering if it's worth it. People everywhere connect with that. And more so these days.”

Despite the hard-hitting social commentary in certain songs like “Hard Times” and “Talkin' Revolution Blues”, June sees a light at the end of the tunnel: “I've travelled to every corner of this country, played in small-town bars in Iowa, living rooms in Pecos, Texas and art galleries in San Francisco. I've talked to a lot people, made a lot of friends, sat at a lot of kitchen tables and shared a lot of meals with a lot of different people from different backgrounds and it has given me a lot of hope for the future. I think the differences we have, like being left-wing or right-wing, are minor compared to our similarities. Basically, we all want the same things: a decent paying job, security and a little respect. We just have different ideas about how to achieve those goals. And I want people to see that.”

- Adam Dawson, thebrokenjukebox.com

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