Grantee: Bobby Bullet
Native Citizenship: Chippewa
Location: Iron River, Mich.
Award: 2013 NACF Artist Fellowship
Web Site: http://www.bobbybullet.com/
Bobby Bullet St. Germaine is a celebrated writer and performer who has been part of the music business for over 50 years. He continues to draw from a life and career filled with uncertainty, joy, love and difficult decisions to create memorable lyrics and heartfelt music.
Bobby Bullet blends humor and untold stories of his time into folk songs and country-western ballads. His performances reach across generational lines to gently, sometimes firmly, inform his audiences about critical issues.
Bullet has performed in Nashville, been reviewed by Billboard magazine and toured across the country. In 2010, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Native American Music Awards. In 2013, he was honored with an NACF Artist Fellowship in Music.
With the support of an NACF fellowship, Bullet wrote new songs and laid tracks with Native musicians he had not had opportunity to work with before. In his fellowship year, he wrote new songs that speak to the history, legends, people and issues of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Bullet writes songs inspired by personal experiences, finding out as many sides to each story as he can through historical research and video interviews conducted with tribal elders and community members. Bullet plans to release an album with the new works composed in 2013 with companion videos featuring tribal elders and other Native peoples.
In his fellowship year, Bullet performed at the 2013 Indian Summer Music Festival, local gigs in Lac du Flambeau and at a county historical festival celebrating release of Native language maps of the region.