Havilah Rand
“Blood and Oil”

“Our responsibility to protect the Earth and the people who belong to it is in dire need of attention and direct action. 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.”


Malcolm Holcolmbe
“Down The River”

“Water is life; what else needs to be said?”


Chip Robinson
“Scar Tissue”

“This song is not much, but it is all I can offer in the moment. There is too much darkness already in this land and everyday it seems to get a little bit darker. There is only two sides to this situation: Right and Wrong. DAP is wrong on more than one level to bring a pipeline through Sioux land, all that is left from previous broken treaties. I stand with the right and the righteous. And this situation is far from over.”


Peter Mulvey
“If You Shoot at a King You Must Kill Him”

“Milwaukee and Wisconsin are both Native words. We are all in this together.”


Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers
“Not For Long”

“In this world, we all need to stand together, in as many ways as possible, as often as possible. We couldn't stand side by side with our brothers and sisters in North Dakota, yet we can offer this song and much hope and good mojo.”


Jess Klein
“Learning Faith”

“I started making music so that I could heal myself and learned along the way that by doing so I could help other people heal. My belief in the ability of humans to heal is what keeps me going as an artist and a human being. I am donating a song to the "Swimming in Blackwater" project to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. My desire is for my music to support the people who contribute to the healing of this world, not to its destruction.”


Rod Picott
“Secret Heart”

“I stand in support of the united efforts to protect the water source and sacred land of our Native American brothers and sisters.”


MC Frontalot
“Chisel Down”

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


Mike June
“Fighting the War”

"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."


Gaelynn Lea
“Breathe, You Are Alive”

“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.”


Jared Tyler
“Pain of the World”

“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.”


Barbara K
“Swimming In Blackwater”

“When I heard the news that they were burning Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles in the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, “Swimming in Blackwater” flowed thorough my heart and onto the paper in one flash of timelessness. When I heard the news that they were running pipelines underneath more than 200 rivers, streams and creeks, I immediately thought of the river turtles that rest in the sun on the banks of the Colorado. I am grateful to the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and to LaDonna Brave Bull Allard for transforming her land into the Camp of the Sacred Stones, for taking the initiative in April of 2016 to take a stand and inviting the world to stand with the water protectors against the Dakota Access Pipeline.”


Executive Producer: Gerald Torres
Producers: Barbara K & Wolfgang PrachtSparrows Wheel
Co-Producers: Jess Klein and Mike June
Photography: Ralf Merian
Social Music Marketing: Somuma