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North American Indigenous Image Award (NAIIA) for Outstanding Blues/Jazz Album

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The Jir Project Band Wins the North American Indigenous Image Award (NAIIA) for Outstanding Blues/Jazz Album

Release Date: May 17th 2011

Sometimes music can shed some light on our roots. With “Sun Child,” the debut album of The Jir Project Band, songwriter and guitarist Dennis “Jir” Anderson, Jr. (Cochiti Pueblo, NM) juxtaposes blistering guitar leads with heartfelt lyrics inspired by his family and by positive values growing up on an Indian reservation. “Sun Child” was recently awarded the NAIIA for Outstanding Blues/Jazz Album.

Held on Friday April 29th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Isleta, NM, The NAIIA Show drew guests, including nominees, sponsors, tribal leaders, community members, Native American advocates, performers and fans, from across North America. The event catered to entertainment celebrities, young professionals, managers, actors, musicians, models, filmmakers, comedians, media and designers.

Jir & his band feels honored to have won the award, especially considering the competing nominees, Gary Farmer & The Troublemakers and Gabriel Ayala. The trio has supported the release of the Sun Child album with performances spanning the US, with plans to continue recording and touring. As Jir explains, “The award is an honor and a blessing, but we’re not ready to get comfortable just yet. We hope the national recognition will help propel us to bigger and better.”

With youthful exuberance and exhilaration, the native brother continues, “We have a passion for playing music and entertaining our audiences. These urban moccasins are leading us on an awesome journey. Come join the ride!”

Contact: Jir Anderson 505-710-5494 jirstreet@hotmail.com

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Onto something new...

Hey Jir Project Fans! It’s been awhile since I blogged about anything. Our archives are on our myspace page if you want to see past blogs. Myspace.com/thejirprojectband Onto something new… We have had a busy year and finally we have a break to work on some new things. People have been asking if I give guitar lessons but I just don’t have the time right now to dedicate to that type of schedule. In its place I have been working on a series of video blogs going over some things I do on guitar. I will also be getting Eric and Brad involved doing some bass and drum stuff so we’ll post links soon. We are planning on getting those up bi-weekly and if we get a good response we’ll keep them going. We also have a bunch of video from our shows this year so that is also in the editing room. The Jir Project Band EP if all works out we’ll have a 5 song EP out in April 2011! Gonna take a few breaths and then jump back in! Thanks to everybody for coming out to the shows has been a kick ass year! Stay tuned we have a few more things coming up before 2011 drops! If you haven’t got the ‘Sun Child’ Album we released in April we are only selling them at our shows and through jirstreet@hotmail.com If you would like to book The Jir Project Band contact. Jirstreet@hotmail.com

On Line Release Party

Yes...we are getting things in order to do an online Launch Party June 24th for all our social network friends!!!! Details to come but until then listen to "Roaming the World" our new Single from our new "Sun Child" CD.

TY's & the Next Move

Woke up this morning and wanted to write something down before I let more time escape. Last month we release our new CD ‘Sun Child’ During the Gathering of Nations (GON) Festival in Albuquerque, NM. It was a big accomplishment and we were happy to wrap things up and enjoy the Launch Party. Much Thanks to Gary Farmer & his Troublemakers, Digging Roots and Darren Geffre for joining us on the Launch Party @ NGT. Also, wanted to thank Emergence Productions for having my out to Stage 49 at the GON event we had a blast and met so many new friends. Rock the 9 was a blast many thanks to JJ for a great event. Been balancing time with the family and music is challenging but is working out just fine. The books are filling up for the summer and we are looking for new places and venues to visit so drop us a note if you would like to have us visit you.