A unique and innovative band of Native Americans
became hit makers in the early seventies
Redbone is a rock band that was formed in Los Angeles in 1969 by two Native American brothers, Pat and Lolly Vegas. Two other Native Americans joined them, Tony Bellamy on rhythm guitar and Pete DePoe on drums. They produced several hit songs including Maggy, The Witch Queen Of New Orleans and Come And Get Your Love, the latter making a comeback as a featured track in the 2014 movie, “Guardians Of The Galaxy.”
The book every fan should read:
Come and Get Your Love - A Celebratory Ode to Redbone
Pat Vegas and Jim Hoffman are digging into the past to reveal the story of one of the greatest rock bands ever. It is the story of two young guys moving to the city and creating a new musical style. There are lots of details, facts and memories written in this book of over 200 pages. You can order it here.
If you want to know more about the book go to this page.
March 2017 : Beaded Dreams Through Turquoise Eyes with 6 bonus tracks
(Beaded Dreams Through) Turquoise Eyes is a classic Redbone album. It has been re-released with 6 additional wonderful tracks. You can download it here.
Two of these were released as singles in the seventies, and the others were lost in the vault. Discover more about this here.
January 2017 : Buffalo BLUZ, a new CD from Pat Vegas
Help Redbone get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Change.org is proposing this petition and needs all your votes :
"This letter is imploring the powers that be to consider the induction of one of rock’s greatest pioneers as the first Native American band (with Mexican roots), creators of a new genre, Native American Swamp Rock, and heavy influencers of many contemporary and descendant acts . . . Redbone: Lolly Vegas, Pat Vegas, Tony Bellamy, Peter DePoe, Arturo Perez and Butch Rillera. Where would rock ‘n’ roll be today without the Tribal Elders of Rock?”
A living band in the XXIst century
Pete DePoe shares some memories with us here. Redbone is still active and has produced two new CDs between 2000 and 2010, one with covers of their past standards and one with new compositions. Pat also produced a solo album in 2012.
You can listen to Pat on his weekly radio show here.
And read Pat's interview for his 75th birthday here.