Dark Water Rising

The band name Dark Water Rising originates from the home of its members. Robeson County, known for its rich Lumbee culture, thrives from the nourishment of swamplands and rich, dark water of the Lumber River. The dark watered swamps are legendary for providing hideouts and escape routes for Lumbee outlaws during the Civil War.

To the members of Dark Water Rising, kinship is essential. Ties of kinship within the band’s Native American communities helped to establish the band in 2008. Today, those same native roots provide the framework for the band’s sound, which they describe as “rocky soul.” The band attributes their style of playing and singing to a combination of influences, which range from attending Sunday morning worship services to absorbing the diverse styles and tones of artists like Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, the BeeGees, and Lynrd Skynard. DWR explores various themes of life — love, heartbreak, sacrifice, celebration, despair, pain — all while expressing and evoking sincere emotion on issues affecting contemporary Native American communities.

Dark Water Rising has two albums under their belt to date: self-titled release Dark Water Rising (2010) and Grace & Grit: Chapter 1 (2012), and they are hard at work on their third. The band has performed up and down the East Coast and has garnered considerable radio airplay, including appearances on NPR's The Story with Dick Gordon and The State of Things with Frank Stasio, and DWR earned a Native American Music Award for Debut Duo or Group of the Year in 2010. In 2014, they were nominated for three more Native American Music Awards, including Group of the Year, and they took home the award for Best Gospel/Inspirational Recording, competing against Cree, Cherokee, Apache, and Meskwaki nominees. Dark Water Rising is comprised of powerhouse artists Charly Lowry (vocals/rhythm guitar/percussion), Aaron Locklear (keys/guitar/drums), Corey Locklear (lead guitar), Tony Murnahan (bass) and Emily Musolino (vocals/lead guitar/bass).

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