Album review
Place I Call Home
Native Roots
Irie Culture Publishing

Tracking list

  1. Wicked
  2. Place I Call Home
  3. Oh Girl
  4. Tohono O'odham People
  5. Soca Like Me
  6. Native Girls
  7. Bust Out A Line
  8. Blow Smoke
  9. Babylon Falling
  10. Tribute
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 3 Backing : 3 Production : 3 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3

Native Roots is an Albuquerque based band comprising vocalist and lyricist Shkeme (Santa Ana Pueblo) and music composer John Williams (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota). Other members include: Will "Bluehouse" Johnson (Isleta/Dine') guitar; Susan Williams (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) drums; Victor Vigil (Jemez Pueblo) percussion; and Carlo Johnson (Isleta/Dine') bass.
The disc kicks off with the bluesy Wicked followed by the title track Place I Call Home a song dealing with the appreciation native Americans have of the land. Tohono O'odham People is buoyant tune, just like the soca influenced Soca Like Me. Two other tracks that are worth mentioning are Tribute and Blow Smoke.

Teacher & Mr. T.