Band of Heathens Performs "Somebody Tell the Truth," "Medicine Man," "Shine a Light," "Hanging Tree," "Let Your Heart Not Be Troubled," "Golden Calf," "Talking Out Loud," & "Say"
Saw these boys play last May in the Great State of Texas at, of all places, the annual conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, an organization so politically correct it kept the F but removed the word "foreign" from its name. I was thinking, "Damn, this is some good American music for all these foreigners in attendance to be experiencing."
I left before the much-hyped headliners, an outfit from a place called L.A. with the Nahuatl-sounding name Ozomatli, took the stage. I had never heard of them, but, as their Wikipedia page tells us, they are "a seven to ten piece band playing primarily Latin, hip hop, and rock music, formed in 1995 in Los Angeles... known both for their vocal activist viewpoints and their wide array of musical styles - including salsa, jazz, funk, reggae, rap, and others." Sounds like they don't even know how many members they have much less what kind of music to play. Very cosmopolitan, which Henry James reminded us, is "a little of everything and not much of any."