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‘Ancient Grace’: Native American flutist Randy Granger takes the stage for Gathering of Nations

Randy Granger had a wonderful day shooting a music video at City of Rocks State Park.

“It was super windy, though,” he says. “It was southern New Mexico in the spring.”

Granger is a New Mexico musician who specializes in the Native American flute. He will be performing at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, on Stage 49 at the Gathering of Nations.

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Granger will be playing material from his latest album, “Ancient Grace.” In fact, for the past few months, Granger has been heavily promoting the album.

“Getting the songs out to radio stations, it takes a lot of time,” he says. “Marketing it out to the world takes a lot of my time.”

New Mexico musician Randy Granger will perform at the Gathering of Nations.

New Mexico musician Randy Granger will perform at the Gathering of Nations.

Granger worked on the album for about four months. He shifted the way he works to accommodate working on the album while on the road.

“The album was influenced by the flute,” he says. “It’s a complete album of solo Native American flute.”

Granger began to play the flute in 2004 while he was traveling to all the northern pueblos.

“I was doing health education up there and I would often hear this sound in music,” he says. “I found out what type of flute it was and immediately felt drawn to it.”

It’s been about six years since Granger performed at the Gathering of Nations. He’s looking forward to performing for a big audience.

“The atmosphere is amazing,” he says. “This is one place where Native American culture can be celebrated with a huge crowd.”

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