Navajos' Hot Blues Man Stanlie Kee with Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers
By Brenda Norrell
TUCSON -- Stanlie Kee, Navajo, who was born and raised in Gallup, N.M., on vocals and guitar with Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers, is one of the hottest blues guitar players on the music scene.
“For as long as I’ve known I’ve always wanted to play music,” Stanlie told Censored News during the Native Eyes Film Showcase at the Loft Cinema on Dec. 1, 2012.
For Stanlie, it began with a dream, and since then he has always wanted to play. With his first paycheck he purchased his first guitar at the age of 16.
“Blues came about from a broken heart in high school," Stanlie says.
Stanlie was inspired when he picked up a CD, Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at Carnegie Hall. Although he also plays jazz and rock, he’s primarily a bluesman.
Stanlie met with Gary Farmer earlier this year and Gary told him to bring his guitar next time that Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers were playing. Stanlie played with Gary’s hot blues band the next night in Denver.
“Go out and support some live music wherever you’re at,” Stanlie says to friends back home in Gallup, where he graduated from high school in 1999.
Stanlie performed with Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers at the Loft Cinema between two films that Gary stars in, the new film California Indian, and the film classic Dead Man, which Gary starred in with Johnny Depp. Although never released in the US, Dead Man won the European Best Film Award. Completing a spectacular evening in Tucson, California Indian director/writer Tim Ramos shared his story of the making of California Indian.
Watch the three minute interview with Stanlie and read the series from the showcase, this week at Censored News.
Also from Native Eyes Film Showcase by Censored News
Gary Farmer empowering authentic Native media
Gary Farmer the power of blues and theater,
with video clip of Gary Farmer singing blues