This Week on Earthsongs: Melissa Doud with the Mambo Surfers

Nov 6, 2017

Melissa Doud with the Mambo Surfers

NOVEMBER 5, 2017 BY  LEAVE A COMMENTMelissa Doud with the Mambo SurfersLac du Flambeau Ojibwe / HochungraWebsiteCurrent AlbumFacebook

November 6, 2017
Iraq war veteran Melissa Doud, Warrior Songs founder Jason Moon, and Milwaukee music group Mambo Surfers crossed paths in 2016 to create a song of healing. The song began as a poem by Melissa. Her poem about a jingle dress she created out of spent bullet casings collected during her 20 years in the Army was turned into a song by Marco Frucht and Saji Villoth. It was recorded at SurroundinSound Studios in Wauwatosa, WI with Melissa singing and Saji’s band, the Mambo Surfers, providing the music. After Jason included “Bullet Dress” on the various artist cd, “Warrior Songs Vol.1”, the song earned a nomination at the 2017 Native American Music Awards. Made out of M16 shells instead of traditional silver, Melissa’s medicine dress symbolizes the transformation of suffering to a place of safety. The music of Warrior Songs is inspired by words shared firsthand at retreats across the country that gather people together who have suffered from PTSD and MST (military sexual trauma). Jason connected with the Mambo Surfers after being deeply affected by their album “The PTSD Songbook”. Together, their music expresses the experience of war, trauma, transformation, and healing.

If You Have To Ask…Warrior Songs Vol. 1 (2016)
The PTSD Songbook (2011)


Artist (Song) Album

    1. Weaves ft. Tanya Tagaq (ScreamWide Open
    2. Jeremy Dutcher (Honor Song)
    3. JB the First Lady (O.O.T.GMeant to Be
    4. Frank Waln ft. Gunner Jules and Rollie Raps (Good WayThe Bridge
    5. Melissa Doud & the Mambo Surfers (Bullet DressIf You Have To Ask…Warrior Songs Vol. 1
    6. Jason Moon (B.O.H.I.C.A.If You Have To Ask…Warrior Songs Vol. 1
    7. The Mambo Surfers (ProcessionThe PTSD Songbook
    8. The North Sound (SunshineThe Valley
    9. nêhiyawak (TommasoEP
    10. Taboo (Stand Up/Stand N Rock)