Hometown: Las Cruces, NM
Label: LoneGranger Music
Sounds Like: Coyote Oldman, Dead Can Dance, Autumn's Child / Mark Holland, Dante Bucci, Deep Forest
New Mexico native Randy Granger is an award-winning Native American flutist, composer, singer-songwriter, performing and recording artist who blends his cultural background into music. He's been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered for his music on the Hang and on the INAFA CD “Clear Water Reflections.” He plays at many festivals and is the subject of a film and numerous print and radio features. His CD “A Place Called Peace” is a nominee for “Best Native American Album” on NewAgeReporter.com. His music is heard on many radio programs. He has shared the stage with such noted musicians as R. Carlos Nakai, Michael Graham Allen, Peter Phippen and others. Randy is of Mayan (Chol), Athabaskan and Apache ancestry.
““Strong Medicine,” is both a tribute to the poet who shared his life and a universal gift to any who have ever sought understanding in the face of tragedy. “Strong Medicine,” opens with the sound of the chemotherapy pump, playing in counterpoint to Native American drum and traditional flute, then flows into the poignant play by play of painful discovery and hopeful regeneration. As in most of the songs on this album, the lyricism of each powerful word resonates with a poet’s heartfelt precision. The plaintive vocals wring emotion from every line and it is here that the storyteller truly comes of age. Artifice is burned away and all that remains is pure, raw emotion.
Another standout is the gorgeously simple “Where Did You Go?” A single acoustic guitar is joined by a mournful flute. it is the words, however, that provide the power behind the emotions. “Are you the bird who sings outside my window? The gooseflesh on my neck?” Who hasn’t asked these questions...”
David Salcido - Las Cruces Bulletin
"Strong Medicine" by Randy Granger (www.randygranger.net). Award-winning singer-songwriter-musician Granger calls this album "my way of transmuting into music the unconditional love it took to help my beloved through pancreatic cancer."
The result is honest, sometimes surprisingly upbeat and steadfastly loving and healing.
"Deep Peace to You" could become a timeless lullaby as well as a classic comfort anthem. "Dancing Skin" and "Where Did You Go" are moving love songs. Granger's unique perspectives, Indian heritage and skills with Native American flutes and percussion are showcased in "Hawk Medicine On I-10," "The Radical Faeries Morphine Drip" and "The Hospital Stairwell Blues."
S. Derrickson Moore - Las Cruces Sun-News
"The Randy Granger concert attracted nearly 1,600 visitors, and I know
their were many more visitors in the monument. Randy sang a song of Celtic
origin that focused on being at peace. As he sang, he changed the lyrics to
match his surroundings. The lyrics went something along the lines
of...Peace of the orange moon, the moonlit dunes, the calm desert night,
the gentle breeze. That line struck a cord with me as I looked out at the
people-filled dunes and remembered why we do what we do. We work every day
to connect visitors to the resources. This concert was an excellent example
of connecting people to the resource and creating life-long memories in
national parks. National parks serve as sanctuaries from the chaos of life
and allow us to slow down and find peace."
“After that Randy Granger played something that looked like a UFO, or two metallic bowls turned on one another - the Hang drum. This instrument was a veritable mini-band on its own, at least as Granger played it. I mean the variety of sounds from this one object sounded as if at least three instruments would have been needed to produce them. And wonderfully rich sounds they were. Granger also played a variety of Native American flutes. Granger's rhythms shifted directions and before long all three of these diverse musicians were playing in unison. What would seem an eclectic mix from around the world harmonized together unexpectedly and beautifully. In some of the pieces Granger would also sing. The first pieces evoked a feeling of life in its abstract sense - developing and growing. Fittingly, following pieces Granger brought in the flutes (sounding) like packs of wolves singing to one another at night. It was as if each piece moved along the evolutionary path of life on the planet.”
Houston Humanist Examiner - Houston Examiner
"Whenever I'm touring, out on the road, I try to weave in stories about how I live a half-mile from the Rio Grande and about my ancestors' connection to the area." Who is noted for his American Indian tunes, was nominated in two other categories as well. Granger who had previously won an NMMIA in the Folk Category prevailed in the New Age Contemporary category for his song "Chaco Moon Meditation."
Lucas Peerman - Las Cruces Sun-News
“The (New Mexico Music Industry Award) award-winning song was inspired by a trip to Chaco Canyon
during which Granger said he used
an anasazi flute to “evoke what it
may have sounded like all those
KELLEY MCMILLAN - Hobbs News-Sun
“You’ll experience moments which are spiritual, certainly, but also some which are tonally startling, some healing, some full of energy, often mesmerizing and whimsical, but all are entertaining.”
Circles of Light Magazine
“Randy Granger (Chol/Athabascan/Apache/Comanche/Dogrib/non-Native) has produced a fine work in his eight-track CD A Place Called Peace.”
Native Peoples Magazine
“Randy Granger deserves to be listed with other renowned Native American flute players, Native and Anglo, he has both the chops and the artistry to warrant it-he is not just a gifted multi-instrumentalist but that he "feels" the music with a sincerity and emotional honesty which can't be faked.”
Bill Binkleman - New Age Reporter
““..you hear in the music of Native American Randy Granger – elements of New Mexico...sage and mesquite, deserts and canyons, the Rio Grande River and stunning sunsets. The Southwest is in his blood and in his soul.””
Notes and Chords Magazine
“The latest CD from Native American flute artist Randy Granger showcase his considerable talent on not just his assortment of flutes, but also on drums and percussion, including the hang drum. Unique yet accessible, A Place Called Peace is an easy recommendation to wooden-flute lovers.
Bill Binkleman - New Age Retailer
“Randy Granger's 2006 release "Cloudwalker" has a little bit of everything..there are plenty of entertaining original tracks too. Granger's adeptness at crafting compositions for flute and drum and voice, respectively. The only complaint I had was that left was wanting more of Granger's singing.”
Adam Scott - The Norman Transcript
His (Randy Granger's) performance on the hang drum, a Swiss instrument that sounds like a steel drum, added an other-worldly sound and atmosphere to the weekend. But that’s what these events are all about.”
William Hageman - Chicago Tribune
“Randy Granger’s latest CD is a diverse collection of meditative flute songs. Richly layered with the sounds of a variety of flutes and percussion instruments, A Place Called Peace offers more depth than some flute solo recordings you might find.”
Emily Drabanski - New Mexico Magazine
“Find unique gifts through local artists
Another award-winning regional musician with recent recordings is Randy Granger, who sings, plays Native American flute and creates world music fusion sounds with vocals, woodwind instruments and hang drums.
S. Derrickson More - Las Cruces Sun News