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Nammy Winners Announced: For the 18th Annual Native American Music Awards

Award winners included Best Music Video Performance, Through the Flood by Indian City / Vince Fontaine, NAMA 2018 Artist of the Year Annie Humphrey, Best Single Recording Left Right Left by Mickie James and Best Rap Hip Hop Recording Brave Star, Artson, Courtesy photos NAMA 2018
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Wausau Pilot and Review

Rhinelander man up for 6 national music awards

Published on October 8, 2018  in Community/News

By Shereen Siewert

RHINELANDER, Wis. — A Rhinelander musician has been nominated for six Native American Music Awards, with winners announced Friday at a ceremony in New York.

Paco Fralick, a 51-year-old northwoods dentist and 1986 Rhinelander High School graduate, is nominated for best Folk, Americana, Male Artist, Song of the Year, Narrative Video of the Year and Record/Album of the Year. Fralick’s music is a unique blend of country, folk, pop, and Native Americana with lyrics that touch on a wide range of subjects including alcoholism, homelessness and the environment. He is among more than 220 artists who submitted work to NAMA for consideration. The album, Letting Go, was recorded in part at Whitehouse Productions in Wausau.

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WTIP Radio


Please check out Paco's recent interview with Will Moore on Scenic Route on WTIP!

Click here to listen to the interview (Friday, Sept 28, 4 pm archive).


Lakeland Times

Sounds of Summer

LdF Tribal members perform, earn awards at Indian Summer Music Festival


Two area musicians, both part of the Lac du Flambeau Band, recently took part in the prestigious Indian Summer Music Awards in Milwaukee. Contemporary singer/songwriter Paco Fralick and singer/songwriter Kelly Jackson made the trip to Milwaukee on Sept 7-9.
Paco Fralick

For Fralick, Rhinelander, this was his second year attending the three-day festival. The event earned him three awards in the country, folk and spiritual categories. While there, he gave seven solo performances, at times sharing the stage with fellow Lac du Flambeau tribal member and award-winning artist Kelly Jackson. He also performed with Wade Fernandez, Jan Michael Looking Wolf, Victoria Shoemaker and Melissa Horner.

Fralick blends country, folk, pop and Native Americana. He plays guitar, fiddle, piano and harmonica. He released his first album, “Letting Go,” in 2017.

Fralick had a total of nine songs nominated in blues, country, folk and spiritual categories. Those he was awarded included Best Folk Song — “Women and Water” (featuring friend Michael Bucher), Best Country Song — “I’m Moving On” and Best Spiritual Song  — “In Seven Generations.”

Fralick is currently preparing for his next big event, his first-ever visit to the 18th annual Native American Music Awards (NAMA) on Oct. 12 at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. The NAMA is the most prestigious award show for Native American music. 

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Northwoods River News

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Lac du Flambeau News
Dr. Paco Fralick Nominated for Indian Summer Music Awards
Indian Summer Festival in Milwaukee is right around the corner. The annual event will be held the weekend after Labor Day, beginning Friday, September 7th and continuing through Sunday, September 9th.

One of the highlights at the three-day festival is the Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA), presented on September 8th, with many of the nominated artists on hand to perform.

Dr. Paco Fralick, a Lac du Flambeau Tribal Member, is nominated for several awards in various categories this year including Blues, Country, Folk and Spiritual. In addition to the nine songs nominated this year, Paco has previously won recognition for his work in 2017 in the Folk and Spoken Word categories. Paco will also perform at various times during the weekend. View performance schedules.

"I've had many musical mentors, began playing music at the age of five, had eight years of piano lessons and four years of Suzuki violin lessons with Phyllis Rheaume in Rhinelander," Paco shared. "My dad was my largest influence; he performed for over 50 years. He gave me a lot of encouragement and many opportunities to be around music. I played in the Country-Aire Band with him for 30+ years. Mauri Big John was also a great influence on me. I learned so much just from watching and listening to him especially on the fiddle. Other inspirations include Gene Ciszek, Larry Lynch and Bobby Bullet St. Germaine. All have shaped my music in some fashion."

Nominees for the awards are drawn from Native American and First Nation musicians in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. According to the festival website, "The ISMA show is devoted to the recognition of Native American artists who have made outstanding contributions toward indigenous people's music in the previous year. The awards help to increase the awareness of the history and diversity of both traditional and contemporary American Indian culture."

"I have always loved music. I put any career aspirations on hold most of my adult life to make time for my dental career and to raise my family," Paco said. "Now that the kids are grown and moved out, I decided to make some time to put some serious effort back into it. Whatever comes of it, wherever it takes me, I am just going to enjoy the journey. My music is eclectic, evolving, often based on dreams, life experiences, etc. I never really know what is going to come out when I start writing. If I had to pick a genre, I would probably categorize it as folk or country, but some songs have a southern rock feel, while others are definitely Native contemporary such as Women and Water, In Seven Generations and Where Were You."

Congratulations Paco, and we wish you much success.

It's rare to meet a person who has been able to translate his life experience into melodies that genuinely touch and resonate with all people. Paco Fralick is one such individual. He has woven his experience of walking in many worlds, native, non-native, spiritual, and ordinary, into a personal and heartfelt sound. It is refreshing to hear honest lyrics delivered with a passion and gentleness. That is Paco Fralick. 

Martin McCormack

Band member of Switchback

Nicolet College Testimonial

Native Trailblazers Music Awards 2017


Paco Fralick's new release, Under the Moonlight, off is his album Letting Go has been nominated for best song in the rock and blues category for the 2017 Native Trailblazers Music Awards which promotes indie artists across North America.

Please go to to hear all of the great artists up for consideration this year and cast your vote.




          Two Time Winner of 2017 Indian Summer Music Awards!


Paco Fralick had several songs nominated in different categories for the 2017 ISMA Show 
Winners were announced on Saturday, September 9th at 2 pm at the Indian Summer Festival on the Miller Lite Oasis Stage. Fralick won the Best Folk Song with Daddy When Are You Coming Home which was also nominated for Best Country Song. Additionally, his song, Where Were You, won the Best Spoken Word category. He was also nominated for Best Country song for his song Homeless Man.

Go to for more details regarding Indian Summer Festival.

2017_ISMA_Finalists.pdf      Thanks to everyone that participated!

Indian Summer Music Awards Committee and Indian Summer Festivals, Inc.





Earth Songs



Paco recently interviewed with Alex Sallee, host and producer for the nationally syndicated radio show, Earth Songs. The interview highlighting three songs off of his new album, Letting Go, can be heard on over 100+ radio stations in the US and Canada during the next two weeks. Click here  for the interview or go to for links to radio stations in your area playing his music!


Unsigned Only 2017

We are excited to announce the song, "I'm Moving On" off of Paco's debut album, "Letting Go" has made the semifinals category in the international songwriting contest, Unsigned Only 2017! There were over 6,000 submissions from all over the world.

This song has a great southern rock feel with some great guitar, fiddle and harmonica. Click on the song to listen to it!

I'm Moving On




I finally got the opportunity to listen to Paco Fralick's freshman cd titled "Letting Go." All I can say is wow, very well done with strong lyrics to back it up. Paco jumped into the music world with both feet on this one. The production is top notch and as good as it gets while the songs take the listener everywhere Paco wants to take them. Paco is a story teller with his lyrics and brings the listener right into the song. A difficult task for some songwriters, but the lyrics presented in the songs in "Letting Go" easily flow and are arranged so that anyone can relate to the story being told in the song. I hear several 'power songs" on this cd for radio airplay, but I also hear songs that cling to your brain and keep repeating,,, yes they are that good. This is a musical journey you don't want to miss. From his heartfelt title track, "Letting Go" to his driving and butt kicking "I'm Moving On," this cd has it all for anyone that wants to listen. Way to go Paco!!


Indian Country News

Paco Fralick has been voted one of the "top five" indie musicians of 2016 by Native Trailblazers with his single release "Homeless Man!" Thank you to everyone that voted for him and this heart felt song.