All but three songs on the new CD were co-produced by Bobby Bullet and Elwood Lee and recorded at Main Street Sound Studios in Juneau, Wisconsin. “Grandmother’
In his new CD, with the exception of “The Train,” Bobby makes a departure from the country sound which predominated his first two CDs. With “Trail of Broken Treaties” Bobby explores a hard edged blues rock sound. On “Change The World” he takes more of a classic rock approach to the music. The song “Hang On” is reminiscent of The Byrds 12 string guitar sound provided by guest artist and co-producer Elwood Lee.
The lyrics of the songs in “Crooked Tear” deal with a number of issues effecting Native Americans in particular and all people in general. “Hang On” speaks to the problem of the high rate of suicide among teens in the Native American community. In Bobby’s words, “This message is for all those in pain, fighting addiction, facing despair and suicide. Tribes are losing their youth, the Seventh Generation, to suicide at a rate far greater than non-native youth.” Another song on the CD “Change The World” deals with the idea that changes can be effected even if they are only small changes, that can add up to make the world a little better and fight the effects of racism. “Children of the Seventh Generation” speaks to the idea that all of our proposed actions today should take into consideration how they will effect those who will be living seven generations from now.
Bullet, a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, grew up unaware of his native roots. He says “At 30, I watched a pow wow and I cried. I thought, ‘This is my home. This is where I belong.’ Throughout the rest his life he endeavored to learn about his origins. As the years passed he was able to establish relationships within his community, he studied with Tribal Elders practicing traditional ways, and incorporating new pieces into his lyrics and music. His new “Crooked Tear” CD is the musical culmination of these efforts.
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