Cherokee artist Blaine Bailey features in Red Dirt Country music | Entertainment
TAHLEQUAH – Growing up in Cherokee Country, Blaine Bailey, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, took his experiences and turned them into music that he shares through his first acoustic album titled “Lost City.”
Bailey is making her way into the Red Dirt Country scene, performing at local shows and across the country.
“When I started playing it was for my family, like all my family in Lost City. They just had jam nights there and I would pick up a guitar, like a little guitar, and act like I was playing with them,” he said. “I finally started learning and I was able to play with them.”
He said he became specifically interested in the music of Red Dirt after listening to Tahlequah-based band the Turnpike Troubadours.
His album “Lost City” was released almost a year ago and his style of music comes from a mixture of influences.
“My guitar style comes from a lot of blues influence and kind of blue grass, classic rock and country,” he said. “It’s kind of all mixed up in one. That’s what red earth music is, it’s all those genres mixed into one.
Her storytelling in her songs comes from experiences growing up in Cherokee County.
“Storytelling, some of it is non-fiction and some of it is fiction. For example, I will make up stories or have a dream or use my past experiences to write songs. C a lot of it is what I do or what I feel,” he said. “One of them is about arrowhead hunting. And you still have the heartbreak songs and that kind of stuff. My writing comes from my lifestyle, from how I grew up in Cherokee County.
He said he was proud to be Cherokee and to represent where he came from.
“I’m very proud to be Cherokee,” he said. “I actually grew up in Cherokee County and the Cherokee Nation, and I like to represent that so that people across the country and around the world who listen to my music see my native influence on that. Like my artwork I use Cherokee artist Dino Kingfisher I use him for my merch creations I try to make sure I support other Cherokee artists while I support myself and spread awareness of my name.
Bailey is a TERO certified artist and has performed at several venues across the Cherokee Nation. He got his start in a Muskogee band.
“I’ve played a lot of places,” he said. “I was in this group when I started playing in front of people. I played about five years before I even tried to play in front of an audience. It was in Muskogee, it was called the Rising Stars Group We played at the Roxy Theater every month We have to travel with them.
He performed in and around Oklahoma and other states like Tennessee.
“I played in Memphis, I played in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame,” he said. “I gambled in Cherokee casinos. These are probably the greatest I’ve played.
During the summer, Bailey and his band will play the Wild Hare Country Festival in Canby, Oregon in July, and he is in the lineup for the Diamond Stone Festival in September at the Diamond Head Resort on the Illinois River near Tahlequah.
Bailey said that in five years he would like to be a full-time musician and have released more music.
“I would like to play full time, play shows regularly and not have to work hard from 9am to 5pm,” he said. “It would be much better for me, because it doesn’t seem to work for me. It’s fun for me. I like to play music. In five years I’d like to travel and release a few more albums and just play everywhere, play everywhere we can.
“Lost City” can be found on most streaming services. For more information, visit www.blainebailey.com.