Blue Indians

Blue Indians 4b19c51ae9fbb
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Trudell, a Santee Dakota poet, recites his straightforward social commentaries and romantic laments.



Humor, hope, and magic mix with loneliness and oppression on John Trudell's Blue Indians. Trudell, a Santee Dakota poet, recites his straightforward social commentaries and romantic laments in an easygoing and, at times, sly manner. The melancholy world evoked by the poems is fleshed out by spare musical backup featuring traditional, wordless vocalizing, slide guitar, and low-key percussion. The unobtrusive blues-rock and soft-rock (Jackson Browne-produced) accompaniment keeps the focus on Trudell's words. Two narrative tracks, "Johnny and Joe" and "Dizzy Duck," stand out. "Johnny" is a desolate tale of booze, blood, and jealousy, while "Duck" details a dark scenario that jolts you with its surreal violence. But the album's highlight is "Angel of Sin," which hooks the listener with hornlike slide guitar and the repeated phrase "She told to me," hauntingly intoned by Trudell.

CD Tracks:
1) Blue Indians
2) Bad Dog
3) All Nite Cafe
4) Toy
5) Devil and Me
6) Johnny and Joe
7) Angel of Sin
8) Terminal Neon
9) Dizzy Duck
10) Grassfire
11) Only One for Me
12) You Were

 

 

Artist: John Trudell

Format: Audio CD

Label: Inside Records

Published: 1999

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Santee Dakota