Navajo record label lands 3 NAMA nominations


FARMINGTON — Continuing a line of success that stretches back several years, an independent record label based in Toadlena that specializes in Navajo artists has had three more albums nominated for Native American Music Awards.

Frank Smith of Chieftain Track Records, which he runs with his son, Tritt Smith, was informed two weeks ago that his label’s acts Desert West, Company and Tyra Preston have been nominated for 2016 NAMMYs, with the winners to be named during an awards ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino Event Center in Salamanca, N.Y. The NAMMYs are the Native equivalent of the Grammy awards.

Desert West was nominated for Best Country Recording for its disc “Reservation Girl,” while Company was nominated in the New Duo or Group category for “Company 2015.” Tyra Preston’s disc “Acoustic Sessions” also was nominated in the Best Country Recording category.


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