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Chief Jim Billie, Alligator Tales

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Chief Jim Billie, Alligator Tales

Audio CD

Disk ID: 535726

Disk length: 43m 28s (12 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 1998

Label: Unknown

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“Alligator Tales” Tracks & Durations

1. Big Alligator 3:04
2. Old Ways Will Survive 3:35
3. Buzzard Dance 6:02
4. Ways Of The Glades 3:25
5. Soul Go Away 3:41
6. Saw Grass Flower 3:24
7. Mah Te Nah 2:19
8. Thinkin' About You 3:27
9. Che Hun Ta Mo 2:24
10. Seminole 2:38
11. Master Of Them All 3:02
12. The Rabbit And The Bear 6:22

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Only someone with such a unique array of experiences and influences can produce such a boldly original record as Chief Jim Billie's gripping debut. Growing up on a Seminole reservation in Florida's Big Cypress Swamp, Chief Jim learned about his people's ancestry, their legends and poetry and spirituality. He ate turtle meat and listened to ancient tales told by his grandfather. Chief Jim Billie also served in Vietnam, using lessons from his homeland swamps to survive. He is Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and as such he serves as both eloquent statesman and political player. Thus, Alligator Tales is a remarkable fusion of Seminole tradition and modern awareness. Thanks to producer John McEuen's deft touch, the music seamlessly combines Native American styles with country fiddles, banjos, and mandolins as well as the Latino sounds of flamenco guitar and Mexicano percussion. Songs of love and family accompany age-old Seminole stories of the swamp and the spirit. --Marc Greilsamer1999 NAMA Debut Artist Winner, the music of Chief Jim Billie reflects the influences he grew up with on the Seminole Reservation. This collection of songs are all written from personal experience, often paying homage to and telling the world the ways of his ancestors.