Today NPR’s Weekend Edition aired a remembrance and appreciation of Lumbee Indian musician and activist Willie French Lowery, with whom we worked closely to reissue Plant and See, the sole album released by his eponymous band and his first full-length recorded work. Willie passed away in early May. Thanks to NPR reporter Joel Rose, as well as those interviewed for the segment: Willie’s widow Malinda Maynor Lowery; Lumbee folklorist Jefferson Currie, who wrote the liner notes; and Willie’s son, musician Clint Lowery.
To stream a longer memorial to Lowery, originally aired on local NPR affiliate WUNC’s program the State of Things on July 6, and featuring M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger, Dark Water Rising, and PoB, click here.
The Fayetteville Observer has published more stories about Lowery and the Plant and See reissue. Read Mike McCray’s essays and interviews here and here. Indian Country Today has also published a feature on Plant and See as well as an interview with PoB. Check out Ashley Melzer’s excellent story “The unexpected revival of Lumbee rock” here in the Independent Weekly.
Thanks to everyone who came out to our Philadelphia, Carrboro, and Lumbee Homecoming release events. It’s been an honor to be able to share this remarkable music. For a limited time, you can still stream Plant and See here: