Buffy Sainte-Marie on Her New Album, "Power in the Blood"

July 19, 2015

74 year-old Cree musician Buffy Sainte-Marie has done a lot since she was 24. She got her Ph.D. She got politically active in the American Indian Movement and the anti-GMO movement. She raised a family. She was even on Sesame Street for five seasons—and was the first woman to breast feed on American television.

But most of us know Buffy Sainte-Marie as an iconic 60s folk singer with such hits as "Universal Soldier" and "It's My Way." And now, some 50 years after her debut album, Buffy has a new one. It’s called “Power in the Blood.” This new CD proves that this Oscar, Juno, and Golden Globe award-winning woman's career is not over yet.


I was fortunate to have heard Buffy St Marie on May 16, 1969 at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. I was taken there by the late Tad Gedko, of Madison, at the ripe age of 15 -- I thought I was an adult -- whom I knew from working at Cecil's Sandals. Gedko thought that Blood Sweat and Tears had been booked -- not -- but we were more than excited by the show -- Buffy St Marie, the Nice and the Colwell Winfield Blues band. I can still just see her on the stage, in the multi colored footlights, resplendent in her long hair and mini-skirt. I was so pleased to hear your interview, and to listen to her music which is, as you said, the new 24 at 74.