Iron Horse

IRON HORSE

By: Romero / Mirabal

Release Date: 12 August 2014

Format: CD / Single Eco pack

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Award winning native rock recording artists Robby Romero and Robert Mirabal have come together with a new Alter-Native single Iron Horse released August 12, 2014, during the Summer Of The Red Willow: Change The Name Campaign.

Iron Horse is the first single from the upcoming EP scheduled to drop in 2016


Iron Horse written by Romero and Mirabal, commemorates the June 10, 2014, culturally historic name-change of Kit Carson Park to Red Willow Park by the Town Of Taos.

Iron Horse Summer Of The Red Willow: Change The Name Campaign is a public service announcement addressing the misconceptions and stereotypes perpetrated in history books and in pop culture about Indigenous Peoples.

On 26 April 2015 Native Children’s Survival (NCS) premiered the public service announcement at the 32nd Annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow held at the University of New Mexico Arena (The Pit) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Native Children’s Survival YouTube Channel and on PowWows.com. Iron Horse, written by NCS Founder/President Robby Romero and NCS Board Member and two time Grammy Winner Robert Mirabal, was a catalyst to the culturally historic name-change of Kit Carson Park to Red Willow Park by the Town of Taos.

Visit Native Children’s Survival and join the movement!

“Iron Horse brings a message of unity and hope.  Much like the work of Bob Marley, the songs are brimming with positive messages and joyful musical collaboration”

 – Jeff Cook, Coherent Music.

“Listeners want and need exposure to something “different”, something that takes them to a new place while maintaining the familiar elements of a great song. Iron Horse is a great song.”   

– Brad Hockmeyer, KTAO

“The fast paced, almost spiritual anthem of the Native American people’s diversity and their potential as a force of nature when they are united is inspirational.”   

– Leo Praesen, WRUP

Robby brought me out of the corn felids of the pueblo to join in igniting a collective fire and creating a poetic dialogue,” Mirabal said.  “I was a bit reluctant at first, however as fate may have it… the inevitable Kit Carson name-change provided the artistic momentum for a coming together of our music.

When the opportunity presented itself, I suggested that the Town Of Taos change the name of Kit Carson Park to Red Willow Park to honor the people of the Red Willow and to bring our people together,” Romero said. “I made the suggestion in part to kindle a conversation about one-sided perspectives that are more often then not ‘his-story – not history’… and I’m certain the curtain has fallen on the stereotypes, misconceptions and derogatory names exploited in history books and in sports and POP cultural about Native Peoples.

About Romero; Founder and leader of the Native Rock band Red Thunder, Robby Romero rose to prominence with the world broadcast of his first music video, Is It Too Late and his designation as a United Nations Ambassador of Youth for the Environment. Romero’s American Indian stereotype-breaking Free Your Mind public services announcements and music videos broadcast on MTV and VH1 introduced Native Rock music to the music television generation.

From the heart of Indian Country to the main street of the world, Romero has shared the stage with multi-platinum musical artist, from Buffy Sainte-Marie and Carlos Santana to Bonnie Raitt and Cat Stevens, to name a few. His politicized rockumentary films including, Who’s Gonna Save You, America’s Last Frontier, Hidden Medicine and Makoce Wakan broadcast on VH1, Sundance Channel, CBS and SABC Africa, catapulted him into an arena of his own making. Romero has received multiple awards and cultural honors in acknowledgment of his work. 

For more information: www.robbbyromero.com

About Mirabal; Two-time GRAMMY Award winner, Robert Mirabal, lives with his family at the foot of the sacred Taos Mountain in northern New Mexico. Maintaining a traditional life, keeping the centuries-old customs of the Taos Pueblo people, Mirabal has been described as a Native American “Renaissance man & musician, composer, painter, master craftsman, poet, actor, screenwriter, horseman and farmer”. Mirabal travels extensively playing his music all over the world. “If you live a traditional life you see things differently, spiritually and musically.”

After several recordings highlighting Mirabal’s “exquisitely nuanced flute playing” (as per the New York Times), his 2001 PBS special and CD Music From A Painted Cave brought him national acclaim. Mirabal has been recently named Recipient of the 2014 New Mexico Governors awards for Excellence in the Arts.

For more information: www.robertmirabal.com

CREDITS

Artist: Robby Romero / Robert Mirabal
Produced by: Robby Romero
Recorded by: Bill Plamer at Frogville Studios, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Mixed and Mastered by: Steve Addabbo at Shelter Island Sound, New York City, New York
Musical Technician: Jonah Romero
Photography: front cover, Paul O’Connor / back cover, Carol Morgan-Eagle
CD Design by: Jack Leustig, LLC

MUSICIANS

Robby Romero – vocals / guitars / bass / traditional drums, percussions
Robert Mirabal – vocals / pueblo flutes
Dakota Romero – vocals
Mina Tank – vocals
Steve Addabbo – hammond b-3 organ/ tambourine 

Copyright © 2014 Eagle Thunder Records

IRON HORSE

Music & Lyrics by Robby Romero & Robert Mirabal

There’s an iron horse coming down the track
And it’s bringing the people back
Rolling Thunder fills the sky
Wipe your tears let them dry

The longest walk will reunite
We’re coming together into the light

Emancipation
One nation in celebration
All our relation

I’m at the edge of night
I can touch the edge of light
Hope lies behind these shackles and walls

I see the fries ignite
Fires of freedom burning bright
Iron wheels in buffalo dreams she calls

There’s an iron horse coming down the track
And it’s bringing the people back
Rolling Thunder fills the sky
Wipe your tears let them dry

The longest walk will reunite
We’re coming together into the light

Emancipation
One nation in celebration
All our relation

Like an eagle feather falling into my hand
On a journey of a thousand miles guided by the stars I will reach my family’s land

Follow the red willows escape these troubled bars
There’s a stronghold in a sacred circle to heal the scars

There’s an iron horse coming down the track
And it’s bringing the people back
Rolling Thunder fills the sky
Wipe your tears let them dry

The longest walk will reunite
We’re coming together into the light

The longest walk will reunite
We’re coming together into the light

Emancipation
One nation in celebration
All our relations

As I walk through this inward coal
I lift my arrows to the sky thunder behold I’m stronger with you

There’s an iron horse

Sing to the grandfather’s tree

Coming down the track

I hear them singing us back home
Lift up my hands I’m free I’m free

Freedom

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