new music: kandia crazy horse’s ‘stampede.’ #soundcheck

January 3, 2014

The end of 2013 brought an onslaught of instant classic hardcore and punk rock records, but if you’re anywhere in the Northeast US right now, you’re buried under feet of snow. So let’s kick off the new year with a little Americana; the open road, the Appalacian trail in spring, a glass of whiskey shared with friends in the summer. Respected music journalist Kandia Crazy Horse takes her first stab at the other side of the pen on her debut Stampede.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor



It’s a record full of nods to classic folk, country, and blues. Invoking artists as far ranging as Merle Haggard, Stephen Stills, and even a little Marvin Gaye (on the unexpected genre-mashup “Soul Yodel”). But by and large, this is an album determined to defy the de facto color line and break into the country mainstream; surprising for a record produced by and featuring members of Shakira’s band. But the monotonous wasteland that is modern country and Americana is in desperate need of some shaking up.

“I was very focused on the intersection of Elizabethan folk and African musics in Appalachia—My mother’s side is Pamunkey Indian, African and Scottish; so whether in the mountains or amongst the Allman Brothers in Macon, the Afro-Kelt spirit always calls to me and is a frequent inspiration at the root of my sound.”

The album is available now on iTunes, and Amazon, and will be in stores January 24th.