ABOUT BLUE MOUNTAIN TRIBE

MEMBERS, MUSIC, & MESSAGE

Back in the mid-2000s in Tehachapi, California, father and son duo Robin and Caleb Hairston set out to create an all-Native American blues and rock band—and that’s exactly what they did. As a “band of brothers,” the Blue Mountain Tribe began creating original songs focused on Native American experiences, and they instantly became a hit.

Since its formation, the band has received numerous accolades. The song “Pray for Our Planet” alone has earned significant global achievements. Written in the wake of COVID-19 after the highly-respected Chief Arvol Looking Horse asked Blue Mountain Tribe to pray for healing, the song has won Best Music Video at the INDO French International Film Festival, the Latino and Native American Film Festival, and the Las Vegas Film Festival. 

Blue Mountain Tribe continues to produce award-winning music, but their mission isn’t about garnering wealth and fame. It’s all about raising awareness, helping others, and making the world a better place. Conveying themes of inspiration and love but also pain and rage, the band’s songs represent not just each member’s own Indigenous heritage but all 500+ original Nations.

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Caleb Hairston

Caleb Hairston, Lead Guitar, Chiricahua Apache

Blue Mountain Tribe co-founder and lead guitarist, Caleb has always had a natural talent for the guitar. At around 12 years old, Caleb struggled at school with ADHD, but rather than medicate himself to overcome his learning disability, he picked up an instrument. More specifically, he picked up a guitar and was immediately able to repeat riffs by ear. Recognizing his knack for music, his parents got him into classes, and his talent and love for rock n’ roll grew from there. 

Today, Caleb brings a heavy-rock sound to the Blue Mountain Tribe’s music, with some of his top influences including Metallica, Black Sabbath, Jimmy Hendrix, and Eric Clapton. On top of being a gifted guitarist, Caleb is responsible for producing much of the band’s music, including the debut album.

Robin Hairston, Harmonica player/vocals, Chiricahua Apache

Robin, the band’s co-founder, lead vocalist, and harmonica player, is determined to take Blue Mountain Tribe to the top and spread messages of love and understanding to the world.  

Robin’s passion for music all began years ago at a bus top, where he heard the most beautiful harmonica playing he’s heard to this date. While he immediately developed a love for the instrument, but he never really like his voice. However, after the band went through 10 vocalists, Robin decided to take the helm and work on becoming the skilled singer he is today. 

As not just a singer but a songwriter, Robin looks for the things that touch his heart, such as the high suicide rate of children on reservations, and lets his lyrics of peace and love flow from there.    

Throughout his entire musical journey, his driving force has been the final words of his late mother: “I know you’re gonna be somebody special in the music world. Don’t knock on doors, kick the sons of bitches in.”

Caleb Hairston
Caleb Hairston

Pat Mata, Drums, YTT Northern Chumash – Yokuts

When it comes to how he got started on the drums, Pat has his persistence, curiosity, and his brother to thank. When he was 16, Pat would watch his older brother’s band perform, and he never missed a chance to sneak on stage and practice on the drums while the band was on break.

Since then, Pat has explored other instruments, but drums have always been his biggest stress reliever. Plus, he’s always had a good ear for their sound. Today, Pat calls himself a “pocket drummer,” preferring simple yet impactful drumming styles over anything fancy and over the top.

While he might be behind the drumset, Pat is anything but hidden. On top of his talent and passion for drumming, Pat is a primary composer and the lead vocalist on a handful of soon-to-be-released songs.

Jeff “Cooper Hawk” Cooper, Bass, Cherokee

Jeff may be Blue Mountain Tribe’s bass player, but he’s really a jack of all trades, or in this case, instruments. As a little kid, he picked up a guitar from a garage sale and, when he wasn’t at his piano lessons, taught himself how to play. He could also be found rocking out on the drums.

Later on, Jeff taught himself how to play the bass due to a high demand for players, and while bassist is his primary role in Blue Mountain Tribe, he describes himself as a “utility player,” always ready to jump on vocals or take his turn on the drums.

Whether showing off his skills on bass, guitar, or drums, Jeff is just happy to be playing music, showing respect and appreciation for other Nations, and bringing people back to a place of love and understanding.

Each Blue Mountain Tribe member has their own talents and experiences but, with a shared passion for protecting Indigenous peoples, always maintain a collaborative and communal spirit when creating music. The result? Songs that channel justified anger and frustration into a message of hope.

Caleb Hairston