Our ranks include award winning music and business professionals that include top tier instructors, currently touring artists, local business leaders, a Grammy-winning producer, as well as members of various Native American tribes. We all share a love of the blues, an interest in Native American heritage and history, and the contribution of Native Americans to this fascinating and indigenous form of music.
Board of Directors and Officers:
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Chairman of the Board
Board, Director of Events
Dick Gordon, Jr
Board, Director of Scholarships
Board Member, Treasurer
Board Member, Secretary
Steve Antry, Board Chairman:
Business and Mailing Address:
Indian Nations Blues Association
2488 East 81st Street; Suite 2000
Tulsa, OK 74137
Indian Nations Blues Association
PO Box 397
Pawhuska, OK 74056
Steve Antry - Chairman of the Board
Longtime Oklahoma businessman with over 40 years of experience, Steve has built some of the largest and fastest growing companies in the state. His company, Eagle Energy was named the fastest growing company in Tulsa in the Oklahoma Journal Record's "Fast 40" in 2012. He received his BBA and MBA from Texas Christian University, and was one of only three finalist in the State for Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 according to the accounting firm of Ernst and Young. But his passion has always been music, and specifically blues and rock. He had the opportunity, at 60 years or age to produce and perform on his debut solo album, which stayed in the top 40 of the Roots Music Report Charts for over 9 months. Antry's blues bands, formed with local seasoned players, have won over the Tulsa Blues scene and scored headliner spots at the famous Cain’s Ballroom and the Main Stage of Mayfest, one of Tulsa’s biggest music events of the year. They have competed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, have played SXSW in Austin and headlined at various festivals and events.. He is also a Charter Member and Lifetime VIP of the Blues Foundation out of Memphis and has served as a judge at their annual blues competition.
Peter Carson - Board, Director of Events
Grammy Award winning manager and producer. His groups have sold over 10 million albums. Being part of the INBA is his way of helping Native American Musicians and extending his love of the blues.
Dick Gordon, Jr - Board, Director of Scholarships
Guitar, bass and improvisational music theory instructor with over 44 years experience. He began performing professionally at nine years of age and has directed and produced music shows since high school, including a rock festival for the U.S.Navy. His students have performed in countries all over the world and some, with additional desire and motivation, have had successful music careers. His father, Gordon Sr was a well-known guitar instructor in Tulsa for more than 50 years.Dick has taught tens of thousands of lessons, allowing him to utilize his background from Tulsa University and other studies in Counseling Psychology. He is of Cherokee descent.
Ben Kemendo - Board Member and Treasurer
Tulsa based CPA with over 35 years of public accounting experience. In addition to public accounting duties, Ben has held management positions for a variety of clients, including the roles of CEO and CFO. Most recently, Ben has been the CFO for a large private oil and gas company. Ben graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business with a degree in economics and an accounting major. Ben has served on the boards of may charitable organization, including over 10 years as the scholarship chairman for the Green Country Soccer Association.