Tom Mauchahty-Ware & Millard Clark

Round Dance Songs With English Lyrics, Vol. 2

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The first two volumes in this series seem to have been produced and issued around the same time. Tom Machahty-Ware, a Kiowa-Comance, and Millard Clark, a Cheyenne-Comanche, perform material selected from their vast collection of songs, many of which are from the flirting or come-on genre. Some are romantic, some are silly, some are tender, and some are sad. The highly charged way the two old colleagues sing together is a force in itself. Clark keeps up a steady shuffle beat that will get inside your feet. Listeners who enjoy Native American music should really try out the area of powwow songs such as this with English lyrics. The performers stick to the traditional approach to song lyrics found in many different tribal traditions. The song makes its statement in two or three lines, no more. It is the furthest thing one can imagine from, say, a Bob Dylan lyric. In fact, think how much better the Clark and Machahty-Ware version of "Visions of Johanna" would be.

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