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The Jir Project Band / Press

“Jir Anderson probably didn't know it at the time, but as a young boy he had a Bo Diddley moment. ”

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

“We ran into Jir a while ago in downtown Albuquerque–there he was up on the stage with his guitar, and that guitar was singing. It was sweet, powerful, really moving and he had an extraordinary sound. A couple of weeks ago we caught his show and once again we were struck by this talented musician. It was him, a guitar, and some of his friends up on a small stage. And once again that guitar sang for us… a small crowd was there when he started, but a large crowd was there by the time he was done, and the spell he put on the place was something to behold and be a part of. Jir simply gets up on the stage, plugs in his guitar and the next thing you know the house lights are coming up for some reason and you are sad because the music stopped. We see a lot of shows, and very few of them move us like Jir’s did. He plays for the love of playing, and that shows through. And when it is solo time, he heads off into his own world (and we’re right there with him) and the magic truly happens.”

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

“We see a lot of shows, and very few of them move us like Jir’s did. He plays for the love of playing, and that shows through. And when it is solo time, he heads off into his own world (and we’re right there with him) and the magic truly happens. This is what music is all about! Heart and soul,”

“Native American Radio Live Interview Featuring The Jir Project Band.”