Guitarist/Singer, Gary Small was awarded "Best Songwriter" for his recent Native American release "Wild Indians" at the Fifth Annual Native American Music Awards held at the Marcus Amphitheatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 7th. Small also garnered nominations in the "Best Male Artist" and "Best Blues/Jazz Recording" categories. Small also performed at the Awards show with other celebrities: Crystal Gayle, Felipe Rose (Village People) and Grammy Award Winners, Verdell Primeaux, and Johnny Mike.

Small is a tribal member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe whose reservation is located in remote southeastern Montana. His new CD is a powerful blend of his masterful vocal like guitar coupled with powerful songwriting, regarding the many facets of this country's indigenous peoples. Small's percussion laden band is based out of Portland Oregon and contains such notables as percussionist, Graham Lear, a 12-year alumnus of Santana.

Portland Oregon's, Willamette Week Magazine had this to say about Small's latest release:

"...Small's guitar playing so reminiscent of Carlos Santana it's stunning. In fact it wouldn't be unfair to say Small could become the Santana of Native American music-translating his history through myriad musical forms in a way that speaks on several levels."


Native American Music Association Honors Gary Small with "Best Songwriter of the Year Award
September 12th, 2002
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