Gary Small and the Coyote Bros. have been nominated for ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘Best World Music Album’ for the Native American Music Awards. Small is a Northern Cheyenne Indian, living in Sheridan, Wyoming. He says he plays everything from surf and rockabilly, to blues and zydeco, but he says this album is dedicated to telling Native American stories.
“I’ve been around Indian culture all my life. A good friend of mine, he said to me, you’ve got to do another Native American album because it’s what separates you from everybody else and I had to agree with him. He said you have to have a thousand stories about this place, and I said I think I do. The album is basically about my perspective of Indian culture, my perspective of Indian past, Indian present, and Indian future,” he says.
Small has received honors at the Native American Music Awards before. He won Songwriter of the Year in 2002, Rock Album of the Year in 2007, and Best male Artist in 2011. The public can vote on the nominees and final results will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 10th.