"Bitter Tears-Sacred Ground" is a new release from Michael Bucher and Joanne Shenandoah. It contains 13 songs and takes the listener on a musical journey through Native history in true Joanne and Michael style. While honoring Johnny Cash, Peter La Farge and Floyd Red Crow Westerman, 5 songs are redone from the Johnny Cash album "Bitter Tears" which has through the years weaved its own legacy through Indian Country. Then there's the soulfull and beautiful rendition of "Star Spangled Banner" as only Joanne Shenandoah can sing it along with Joanne's version of Floyd's song, "They Didn't Listen".
To round off this cd are 6 original tunes from Joanne and Michael and give this cd it's own signature sound. Michael's picks for hits are "Riding Free" written by Joanne Shenandoah and "Sacred Ground" written by Michael.
Track Listing: 01. As Long As The Grass Shall Grow 02. Apache Tears 03. Drums 04. Star Spangled Banner 05. The Ballad of Ira Hayes 06. Talking Leaves 07. Riding Free 08. Treaty 09. Sacred Ground 10. Who Imagined? 11. Don't Forget About Me 12. They Didn't Listen 13. America
The CD, Seven, gives the listener a glimpse into the mind of Michael Bucher.
It is a reflection of his native veiws on the desecration of sacred sites and all that is held reverent to indigenous people everywhere, the desecration of the earth itself through blatant and wanton pollution.
The reality that even though Indian Country has come a huge distance, if we don't continue to protect what is right for all of us, and educate all who we can, no one else will.
He also touches on aspects of his spirituality, and last but not least, for anyone who struggles with addiction, depression, or abuse, you're not alone!
01. Don't Forget About Me 02. Legend of the Cherokee Rose 03. Do What We Must 04. The Awakening 05. Eagle Song 06. Dirty Water 07. Seven 08. Cradle To The Grave 09. Invisible Indian 10. You're Not Alone
Michael's cd 'Believe' picks up where his award winning cd 'Seven' left off. 'Believe' cranks it up a notch or two and is evident with the songs he's put down in this highly anticipated cd. His approach to songwriting, as only a few in this genre can do, and as Native People's magazine writes of Michael,"an American songwriting icon", is stronger than ever.
The musical versatility in songs like Fat Cats, Sacred Ground, For Chief Joseph, Blessings and the title track Believe are enough to satisfy all styles. He has dedicated this cd to the children throughout Indian Country who are battling their struggle with suicide. A rate 70% higher than any other race in the country in ages 18 and under. It's for who and why he wrote the title track 'Believe'. As usual for Michael, he sings about issues and topics in Indian Country he feels strongly about and uniquely covers them in these 11 new songs. All are straight from the heart. And as usual, straight into yours.
Track Listing: 01. Blessings 02. For Chief Joseph 03. Sacred Ground 04. Never Meant To Make You Bleed 05. Texas Cherokee 06. Fat Cats 07. Believe 08. Ahani Tsi Toga-Here I Stand 09. Mountain Top Removal 10. Cedar Smoke or the Flame 11. Amazing Grace-Instrumental
Simply… this. A simple title for a not so simple life, it’s just this. The songs are straight out of my heart and soul. They’re what I’ve experienced over the last few years in my personal life, the happenings in Indian Country, and the people I’ve met on my journey. This is the reality of life. From the first track, ‘1 Finger, 1 Thumb, 1 Take’, in which I had to prove to myself that I could play guitar better than before the accident which left me with 1 full finger and a thumb on my right hand, to ‘Let It Rain’, a song I wrote about the NODAPL camp and the people I know personally who were there, and the ongoing relevancy of this song in Indian Country today, to ‘Dark Horse’ and my journey, to ‘Women and Water’ with my friend and co-writer of the song, Paco Fralick, to the heart wrenching ‘Last Cry Out’, a song I wrote after doing a workshop with Native youth at IAIA in Santa Fe, NM for Native youth who are struggling with so much, including staying in this world. “No one hears us cry, I’m cried out.” I couldn’t leave the blues out of the cd so listen to “You’d Think By Now”, from my heart and the reality of life. But then there’s ‘this.’ The song that tells the story of addiction, the immense problem affecting millions of people, and the struggle to end the addiction. Not so simple, just this. Peace my friends. We are not alone, we have each other.
1. 1 Finger 1 Thumb 1 Take 2:08 2. Dark Horse 3:59 3. Somebody Told Me 3:39 4. Women and Water 5:11 5. Not Your Mascot-I’ve Been Watching 3:43 6. What Would You Do 3:51 7. Shredded Sin 5:35 8. Let It Rain 3:34 9. This 5:08 10. You’d Think By Now 5:26 11. Cradle to the Grave-Revisited 12. Last Cry Out 4:27
All songs written by: Michael Bucher except for ‘Women and Water’- Michael Bucher and Paco Fralick (www.pacofralick.com) Produced by: Michael Bucher and Brett Huus Engineered by: Brett Huus Mixed by: Brett Huus and Michael Bucher Recorded at: Sound Strations Audio Productions Inc., La Crosse, WI (www.soundstrations.com) except for ‘Women and Water, recorded at Whitehouse Productions (www.whitehouseaudio.com)
Michael Bucher: All Acoustic, Electric Guitar and Vocals except for ‘Woman and Water’. See credits above. Synthesizer, keyboards: Brett Huss Drums and Percussion: Terry Nirva Bass: David Steeno Electric Guitar on ‘You’d Think By Now’: Dave Rogers