Ghosts of St. Augustine
Darryl Tonemah had no idea that when he began writing songs, while attending college, that several years, shows, CD*s, nominations, radio and TV appearances, and a Native American Music Award, that he would be releasing his 5th CD *Inkblot*s & Random Thoughts* to what has be come an international fan base. All the time still retaining the same small town Midwestern point of view and great storytelling that has become his trademark. Growing up on and off reservations throughout the heartland, as well as his work today, have given Dr. Tonemah (he did manage to finish college) a unique perspective that is evident in his song writing. *I have had the blessing of seeing and experiencing a lot of things since the last CD, some great, some heartbreaking, some funny. I had started writing song ideas, and lines, and chord progressions, and drum patterns on pieces of paper I had in my pocket, and they somehow all managed to end up in the back seat of my car. When I couldn't fit anything else back there, I figured it was time to record. Which was great, because now I have a new CD AND a clean car.* As with Tonemah*s previous releases *Ink Blots and Random Thoughts* Darryl maintains his honest singing style with honest lyrics that cut to the heart of the matter. *It is a challenge trying to put everything I want to say or express into a 3 minute song. I wanted to write this CD more efficiently than in the past. I thought it was important that each line was significant. Kind of like a movie short. In a movie short everything on screen has some symbolic value. I used a lot of metaphor while writing this CD to get the most mileage from each line.* Once again Tonemah has gone to Nashville, TN to record his latest work. Incorporating some of Nashville*s finest session players Tonemah has created a heartfelt piece of music. Touching on feelings and experiences inherent in everyone. Tonemah is at times the Trickster, at times the son, at times the father, at times the seeker, but always the storyteller. A storyteller who offers meaning where the listener needs to find it. *In all the years I*ve performed with Darryl, one thing has always been evident, Darryl*s songs touch people on a very personal level. You see it in their faces at every show. You hear it when they meet him afterward. People feel like they know him* and in a way they do.* states Tonemah guitarist Ed Koban. Tonemah has been receiving airplay in dozens of local markets throughout the US, Canada & even Alaska. A singer/songwriter in the purist sense, Tonemah combines the energy of rock, the intelligence of folk and the heart of country, to create a musical niche he calls, 'Native Americana'. In 2009 French record label, Dixie Frog Records, included the song *There*s a Train* from the Welcome to Your Rainy Day as part of their compilation CD titled, Indian Reservation Blues. A multi disc release that included Native American Musicians. Tonemah has three bachelors degrees and a masters degree, as well as a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and Cultural Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His undergraduate degrees are in Psychology, Sociology and Gerontology, and his masters degree is in Community Counseling. He's the director of the Health Promotion Program at the University of Oklahoma College of Continuing Education Tonemah*s' live shows, full band electric or an intimate acoustic set, always finds him connecting with his audience. Whether reaching out to Native youth through his many workshops & speaking engagements, or pouring it all out on stage and in the recording studio, Tonemah*s personality always shines through. Tonemah Co- producer Larry Pacheco says it best; 'During a recording project the artist usually brings ego, attitude or talent to the table, and rarely honestly lays it all out on the line. Working with Darryl Tonemah was different, he brought himself'.