Medicine for the People–A Band with a Farm

by Irene Jaan on June 7, 2010

Singer-songwriter guitarist Nahko, rockin’ cajon and djembe-ist Hope Medford, flugle horn-ist simple smile Medicine for the People  A Band with a Farm Max Ribner, and performance artist Bailey Scott make up the musical core of the traveling troubadour band Medicine for the People.

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Hope, Max, Nahko, & Bailey

And Jason is the farmer that keeps them charged and inspired…

Jason tends the beautiful organic farm north of Hilo, Hawaii focusing on the cultivation of a grass called vetiver which is used to combat soil erosion due to its 12 foot long roots.  They have sheep, chickens, and pigs on the way.  Jason is a sort of honorary member of the band Medicine for the People whose dedication to this particular farm has provided a place for the band to come for rest, inspiration, and community.  Here’s the farm’s website:  www.VetiverFarmsHawaii.com

This was a great day I spent interviewing Nahko, Bailey, and Jason.  This is part 3 in a series of videos.  The first video is about “who” is Medicine for the People, the second is about “what” are they, and this video tells a little about “where” they are.  As you will see in the video, the guys were endearing and authentic.  I greatly appreciate their taking time to work with The Travel Creatives project, and see a great future with this band.  They have clever, catchy music with a ton of heart.  I’ll add a few other videos here that are not by me but will let you check out their music for yourself.

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