Red Road / O.C.R.
"The Red Road - Original Cast Recording" is Arigon Starr's fourth CD release. The eighteen songs are the soundtrack to her one-woman show 'The Red Road,' with four bonus tracks. Indians, Truckers, a Country Music Star, a Punk Rocker, Hillbillies, Science Fiction geeks, Beatles Fans, Radio DJ's and Community Activists come a-callin' to Verna Yahola's All Nations Café in beautiful downtown Sapulpa, Oklahoma, all colliding on the same stormy day in June 1977 as country music superstar Patty Jones visits the Café to tape her 10th Anniversary TV Special. Mix them all together with some country music and hilarious Native humor and you've got 'The Red Road.' And yes - Arigon plays ALL eleven characters. Men, women, kids, elders, hillbillies and Brits. PRAISE FOR "THE RED ROAD" 'The Red Road' is one of the damndest, knee-slapping, raucous rides I've ever had. It's chockfull of fine music and weird characters, all played to perfection by Arigon herself. Don't miss this one!" -- Robert J. Conley, multi-award winning Cherokee author and historian. "Add 'The Red Road' to the list of great American one-woman shows. And put Arigon Starr's name on the list with Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg. 'The Red Road' is witty, energetic, and engaging. Ms. Starr's performance bursts with verve and sympathy for her characters. And the songs are a joy. Get on down to the All Nations Café and sing along" -- Bill Fitzhugh, author of "Highway 61 Resurfaced" and "Fender Benders". "The script is warm, sad, funny, insightful and informative. The characters are - even to someone not aware of all the 'types' - convincing and wonderfully varied. The songs seem pitch-perfect to their place in the story. Of course I love "Indian Eyes." I laughed out loud at Danny Dacron. You guys are going to win a whole bunch of Awards for this little effort, you know." - Dirk Maggs, Director/Adapter, BBC Radio's 'The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy' "The Red Road - Original Cast Recording" features a group of A-List musicians including: Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart's Fabulous Superlatives), Gary Bennett (Grammy nominated co-founder of country band BR5-49), Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, Jewel, Tracy Chapman), Skip Edwards (Dwight Yoakam), Chris Lawrence (Mike Ness, Shooter Jennings), Stuart Duncan (Earl Scruggs, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, etc.), John Hatton (Brian Setzer Orchestra), Thaddeus Graham (Vonda Shepherd) and Scotty Lund (Agent Orange). Interwoven throughout the play are twelve original songs. Some are performed by the country singer Patty Jones - others by the Navajo frycook named Emmitt Tsinajinnie, a rockabilly love song from Indian activist Richard Doolittle; a sweet, yet angry protest song from his sister Bonnie Doolittle and a punk song about wanting to be an Indian from punk rocker Danny Dacron. Arigon performs all of the songs in character. Native Voices at the Autry developed 'The Red Road' with Arigon through their 2004 playwrights retreat (original idea set into motion), 2005 playwrights retreat (first draft submitted and work shopped), a three week workshop in residence at Griffith University in Brisbane Australia at a World Indigenous Theater event, numerous weeklong workshops in San Diego throughout 2005, the 2005 November play reading festival and four preview performances (at Tulsa's Cherokee Casino in Nov. 2005 and The Theatre of the World Festival in San Diego in Feb. 2006). William Partlan dramaturged the November 2005 Festival workshop of 'The Red Road.' Partlan worked extensively with Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson on his early plays including 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' and 'Fences.' 'The Red Road' is a very funny play about contemporary Native peoples, sharing stories of American Indians in the cities and on the reservation. It also highlights the diversity of Native America including Cherokees, Choctaws, Pawnees, Apaches, Osages, Creeks, Kiowas and Navajos. "The Red Road - Original Cast Recording" takes the magic from the stage and brings the warmth, humor and energy directly to your choice of listening device. Whether you're listening on your computer, I-Pod or in your car, you'll be humming the tunes from "The Red Road" long after the last chord has faded away.