Cody Blackbird is ‘All In’ Aug. 25

The greatest challenge for young bands working on building an audience is getting their music heard. Even in the social media age, The Cody Blackbird Band has opted to achieve that with a relentless touring schedule that has them crisscrossing the country, playing venues large and small wherever they go.

Their “All In” tour brings them to the White Horse Black Mountain on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of innovative Americana with a Native perspective.

Cody Thomas Blackbird, whose heritage is Eastern Band Cherokee and Dakota, grew up in an environment rich with with connections to Native American culture. His father is a respected American Indian poet and songwriter, and he has family ties to the pioneering Native American rock band Redbone. Cody embraced the Native flute at age eight while simultaneously absorbing sounds and styles from popular music, and his personal style emerged as an acoustic blend of rock, R&B and funk underpinned by Cody’s soulful vocals and flute playing, a mix he’s dubbed “Alter-Native”. He’s joined on stage by his brother Caleb on flute, percussion and vocals, with former West Virginia buskers Xavier Torres and Lewis Schenk providing an energetic twin acoustic guitar attack. “Using the traditional flute in contemporary music and blending the two and molding them into one”, Blackbird says, “I have definitely learned to challenge the idea that the flute is only a traditional instrument.”

The road warrior lifestyle comes complete with lows like vehicle breakdowns and long hours between gigs to highs like recognition by major artists like Jackson Brown. On this third visit to the White Horse they’ll feature music from their album All In (The Acoustic Prequel) as well as new music that’s being road tested. All In recently received a positive review from long time Steve Miller Band member Kenny Lee Lewis, who enthuses that “This eclectic ensemble…this stripped down band of brothers is an entertaining experience, and you can’t wipe the smile off heir faces!”

Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance or $12 at the door.

Advance tickets are available online at

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.