Music blogger Stephen F. Adams writes:
"As previously in my last post I wrote about the need for good music. Well, i stand corrected, there is a band that sounds like it has good promise. The group is Clear Water Drum, what I have had the pleasure of listening to for the last two days is just simply "WOW " this group has really great authentic tribal sounds mixed with very good tribal qualities in every track I listened to. There are sounds of folk, rock blended together with tribal roots planted underneath superb vocals of the band. The writing style is one to really listen to, I mean this is sit down and relax have no other interruptions and give this album a spin and from you will hear the sounds of a true unique experience. The music is new, fresh but with the authentic element of rustic Native American flare. Spyder Webb and his group is an original band with sounds that soothe the mind, and even transported me, personally to a place where I just found a little peace in this ever overwhelming world we live in. This album has positive vibes and has my stars of approval... Sometimes we are unaware of our surroundings, however this brought me to feeling, seeing, and hearing and now realizing there is really good music 'OUT THERE' . "
Nammy nominees and ISMA nominees Clear Water Drum have just released their 10th CD: "ADAGEYUDI" (Love). This newest crossover Powwow/Folk fusion recording just plain rocks! Their latest release goes even further exploring this new genre-busting direction. The heartbeat of every song on the album is still the big powwow drum, but eight of the ten songs also have added acoustic folk instruments such as six and twelve string guitar, stick dulcimer, and bass. The combination explodes with music that will move your feet and move your spirit!
You don't have to understand the Cherokee lyrics or know the words to feel and appreciate the spirit in the music, any more than you need words to feel the spirit and enjoy the groove of instrumental music.
Adageyudi (Love) is universal. All tribes, all nations, all cultures, all spiritual paths need love to feed the spirit. Love gives us strength, healing and courage.
To walk in the spirit of Love is to walk in the true spirit of goodness. This spirit of love is toward people, the land, the birds & animals. This path shows genuine concern toward others' welfare. To Love gives meaning & quality to life. Being gentle & caring in no way takes away from our inner strength.
In order to walk in the spirit of Love we must know all life is interconnected. We are not the center of the universe. It is not a way of doing, but a way of being.
Love is Powerful Medicine. This is Walking the path of life in A Good Way.
Husband and wife team Spyder & Tekakwitha collaborate on the writing of every song. They started out as a powwow drum group, writing and singing all new original powwow songs. They still perform at powwows as a drum group, but over the last few years they have begun to incorporate folk instruments in their recordings, instruments typical of the music of the Appalachian mountains which were the original homeland of the Cherokee people, and where many Cherokee stil live.