MP3 Boris McCutcheon & the Salt Licks - Wheel of Life
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11 MP3 Songs in this album (46:39) !
Related styles: Country: Americana, Folk: Alternative Folk, Mood: Fun
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In general I think of this album as a country album and sequel to the âBad Road. Good Peopleâ album. I am blessed to have any recordings at all due to being in constant survival mode raising a family in rural NM. These songs come from a place of experience more than the last album. Like âWhen We Were Big,â it was recorded in 7 days pretty much. I had a small window of opportunity to make an album. I had had knee surgery and while stuck in bed had managed to write a few new songs, enough to start a new project. There were a few more bluesy songs that I had originally slated for the album but I wanted to stay pure to the country vibe.
1. What ails you? - A difficult and serious question. This song is the playful answer to it. A lot of drive with a Bakersfield country feel. A pick-me-up for the album.
2. Clan of the Sunflower - The lyrics in this song stand alone as an exceptional poem. I wrote it when I was going through a healing period of my life, while stuck in a garden. In the garden there was a little boy who built a hide-out deep inside a large sunflower patch. He would occasionally pop out of his yellow and green fortress only to scare you like a pirate âholding a tomato stake like swordâ. I wanted the recording to be weird, vast and timeless like a Harry Smith discovery. Did I succeed?
3. Boxspring Plow - A slice of my life in high elevation, traditional Chicano New Mexico. Out here we get excited about plowing our roads with old boxsprings. The song starts off describing a 38 year old tradition of the annual âhippies vs. the localsâ baseball game. The game was started to release tension between local Picuris Indians, their Chicano hybrids, and the hippies who started moving here in the 70âs. If T. Rex and Greg Brown got together and wrote a song with a country swing this song would be it. The wah wah lead is the hitching up of the plow?
4. No Place to Fall - One of my favorite Townes Van Zandt songs. I wanted to do an entire album of his covers but Steve Earle beat me to it.
5. Mullein People - A song about coming home. While I worked in the Union for a few years I would drive back late at night on a Friday after a hard week in Albuquerque, being drained of spirit. As I came down my driveway the tall mullein spires would greet me upon arrival and immediately sing to me like a tuning fork and bring joy back into my heart. Susanâs bass is fierce and beautiful on this one.
6. Lee Harvey - This song was taught to me by the late David Bindler (of Da Nu Man). He was a musical mentor and a great drummer. âLee Harvey Was a Friend of Mine,â is one of the greatest songs of our time, written by Homer Henderson. This song was recorded live in The Netherlands.
7. California - A song that takes me back to my early days as a young organic farmer on the loose in Northern California, lusting over fertile Biodynamic maidens, getting dirty and reading lots of poetry.
8. Mark Twain - The passion of this Mark Ray Lewis cover is vivid and panoramic. I had to trim it down or it would have been a 10 minute track. The song is based on a Mark Lewis novel called âLong Sad Riverâ.
9. Peeler - A song I originally wanted to record solo but as the drums evolved, I had a hard time leaving them behind. The story is of a young man who falls madly and foolishly in love with a new age stripper. He never accepts her fully or trusts her wholeheartedly and it is insinuated that he drowns her in âGodâs golden riverâ.
10. Gila - The Gila is a vast wilderness. The first and one of the last of its kind. Wolves still run wild there. It is believed that Geronimo was born in a hot spring there. I had a few shows in Piños Altos NM near the Gila one night. It had been raining for three days straight which is very unusual for NM. My third night in a row playing at the Buckhorn Tavern I met a young cowboy named Duncan. He was pretty drunk and the girls were toying with him. He made a bad decision to drive back to his ranch late that evening and drowned in the Gila River. I was the last person to talk with him or see him alive.
11. Bad Road, Good People - I didnât realize it at the time but âBad Road, Good People,â was really a double album. âThe Wheel of Lifeâ could almost be thought of as part 2 to the previous album. This song is the title track to both albums. Itâs a song of experience, with a lighthearted and painfully honest commentary about trying to raise a family in old Spanish Land Grant New Mexico. âOrcsâ refer to the young natives who burn abandoned cars in my remote valley for fun. âOrcsâ are a bad creature from the Tolkien Hobbit trilogy. Hell, Zeppelin did it. Why canât I?
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