Native American musical traditions are fused with contemporary rock influences by pianist/keyboardist Brule (born: Paul La Roche). A member of the lower Brule Lakota nation who was adopted as an infant and raised in a non-Native family, Brule uses music as a way to bring together the two cultures of his past. During a telephone interview, Brule explained that his 1997 debut album, We the People was "a means to bridge the gap between small town Americana and the Native American experience". His second album, Lakota Piano, released in 1998, featured piano interpretations of songs by '70s Native American rock band, XIT. Brule's third album, One Holy Night, released the same year, was recorded with Robby Bee, the son of former XIT member and owner of the Native American-oriented SOAR label and its Natural Visions subsidiary, Tom Bee. With his fourth album, One Nation, released in September 1999, Brule took a more global approach. "It's a further step in the evolving story of my life, " he explained, "a way to bring all the people of the world together".