Calgary Bluesfest (2008)
Isaac Mandamin, blues-rock guitarist and bandleader, was born and raised on the Whitedog Ojibway Reserve (Wabseemoong First Nation 100km North of Kenora, ON). Learning to play in his childhood, the young musician was influenced by blues masters such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, B.B. King, Albert King and others.
After performing on the Ontario blues circuit for over a decade, Mandamin relocated to Winnipeg and started his own band, naming it South Thunderbird after his spiritual (Aboriginal) name. Today South Thunderbird is considered one of the hottest bands on the Native American blues scene.
Releasing the debut CD Tough Go in 2005, South Thunderbird hit the top of the Aboriginal radio charts and received multiple nominations including the Native America Music Award for Best Blues/Jazz Recording (2007), the Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Blues Recording (2005), Best Blues Album and Best Group or Duo at the 2005 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and Winnipeg's Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards in for Best Blues CD (2006-7). South Thunderbird took the award for Best New Artist at the 2005 Winnipeg Blues.com Awards.
South Thunderbird has shared the stage with international blues artists such as Indigenous (South Dakota), Ronnie Baker Brooks (Chicago), Gary Primich (Austin), Corey Stevens (L.A.) and Joe Bonamessa, along with Canadian greats Sue Foley and Roxanne Potvin among the many.
South Thunderbird was recently featured for the second time on the APTN and Bravo television program, RezBluez 2.