Three Time Native American Music Award-Winning Artist. (2009, 2010, 2011)
Believe Album – 2010 Folk Album of the Year Native American Music Awards
Sacred Ground, #4 Single in Top Ten Songs of 2010 - AIROS Native American Public Telecommunications Network
You’re Not Alone - #3 Single of Top Twenty Editor and Fan Favorite Artists - Indian Country Today Media Network
A bit about Michael Bucher – “Reactionary Folk-Rock Musician”
When embarking on his musical career, Michael Bucher was told by his dying Uncle to “do something with his talent.” Choosing to honor the words of his late Uncle, Michael Bucher has made it his life’s purpose to sing about such issues as Native American Sacred Sites, Cherokee stories and legends, honoring our Earth and reaching out to the youth of today in order to inspire them to do great things.
What isReactionary Folk-Rock? Reactionary Folk-Rock is a musical genre term created by Bucher and his team which indicates a musical style that responds directly to specific issues in today’s contemporary world. With such tracks as Sacred Ground, Mountain Top Removal, Fat Cats, Invisible Indian and Don’t Forget about Me, Michael Bucher’s music is a testament to his convictions and passion as an artist.
Since the debut of his first independent album, Seven, in 2007, Michael Bucher has received worldwide attention and international airplay. His music catalog of several albums have managed to continuously rack up awards including the coveted Native American Music Award, (Nammy) three years in a row.
Welcome to Michael Bucher.com. This is my site which was inspired by my album Seven. If this music helps one person to survive, to heal, or helps them on their way to wellbriety, it is all worth the effort.
If it helps one person realize they do have a voice and can help stop the desecration, it did what it was intended.
If it helps one person understand everyone of us makes mistakes, but it's never to late to return to our center, and in a good way, enjoy the journey we're on, it is complete.
I came from a musical family where almost everyone was self taught. I grew up listening to Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and all the popular country music artists of the day. As a teenager my musical tastes expanded to include Rock, Blues, and R&B.
By my early twenties I started writing my own songs and through the years have refined my style and approach to music. My influences and inspirations are broad and varied, but some of who include Buddy Red Bow, Johnny Cash, Buffy St.Marie, Neil Young and Bill Miller.
One of my favorite hobbies is Native style drum making. I made my first drum when I was eight years old with the help of my grandmother.
Years later I came back to Native drums and now make hand drums and old pow-wow style drums, which are logs that I hollow out and lace various types of rawhide heads to. The Native drum that you hear on this CD, Seven, was made by me.
My feelings for the drum are strong . The tree is a gift from the Creator. It is part of the balance and stays true to it's purpose.
The drum is a sacred vessel that should not to be mistreated or disrespected. It is the heartbeat of the people.
Michael grew up in a multi-racial neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. In all the diversity, his large family did what they could to ensure that they didn't become an invisible Indian.
My Cherokee ancestry along with my late Great uncle are the reason I entered the music world in 2006. My uncle and I would have weekly conversations about our views, acknowledgements, successes, and frustrations with current and past events in Indian Country.
Several things would resurface in our conversations. Topics like the ongoing desecration of Native burial mounds and gravesites, the persistent stereotypes of Native people that others use to disparage and subjugate Indian people with, the intolerable view of treaty rights by politicians and some of the public, the epidemic of suicide in our youth, and so much more. In one of the last conversations I would have with my Great Uncle before he changed worlds, he told me, “If you really want to make a difference and change, use your music to make that difference and change. You have a voice, use it.”
So I did, and continue, to try and tell stories with my songs that will hopefully educate, help heal, and entertain those who listen to them.
I hold my culture, where I come from, the stories and traditions of my people, and my ancestors as the foundation of who I am. My journey is mine to lead, but I do it with my foundation along with the comfort and strength of knowing “my spirit medicine is strong enough for me.”