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Saturday, June 27, 2009
BAREFOOT & ANDY
by The Barefoot Man & Andy Martin
BAREFOOT RECORDS BF-5704 1970s? STEREO
The Barefoot Man (George Nowak) performs nightly at Barefoots Place at the GRAND CAYMANIAN HOLIDAY INN. The Grand Caymanian is the island's largest and most luxurious hotel.
It not only features first class accommodations but also excellent dining in the Chez Jacques Room, Dancing to Barefoot, 4 lighted tennis courts and more.
For more information write to: Holiday Inn Sales Office, Suite 205, 7220 N.W. 36th Street, Miami Florida 33166
Andy Martin (THE CAYMAN COWBOY) Can be seen nightly at the Galleon Beach Hotel, but not usually on stage as he is the Bar manager there. The Galleon is one of the island's oldest and most popular hotels. Not only known for its swinging night club THE WINDJAMMER LOUNGE but also two excellent restaurants, Cap'n Morgans Steak Galley, and THE MAN O' WAR ROOM.
The Galleon is located on the world famous 7-mile beach. Drop them a line at Box 71, Grand Cayman, B.W.I. for more information or drop in and say HI...and if you ask, we;re sure Andy will sing a tune for you.
When I was asked to write the liner for this Album, I thought to myself what can a Caymanian say about a German born countryfied barefoot man, who should have been a shoemaker, who has found his own "Place in the Sun" amongst us natives, and what can be said about a Cayman Bracker who would much rather sing a Country Song than look for soldier crabs in the moonlight. Of course I'm speaking about George "Barefoot Man" Nowak and Andy "Peanut Peender" Martin. That combination has made a great contribution to music in the Cayman Islands, as is evident by the popularity of their many recordings, and this Album is just another testimony of their Music Skills. Barefoot and Andy Peanut Peender Martin are both good song writers and singers in the Calypsonian Country Boy tradition, who writes from the Heart, and sings for the Soul and enjoyment of all.
Andy in his Countryfied Cayman Islands Style, and Barefoot in his Cayman Islands Calypsonian Country way. Together they are a showcase of what native and visitor who didn't leave or who came back to stay, can do, when both work in harmony, with the acceptance that native men should always captain the ship in Island waters. You'll find great enjoyment and pleasure in listening to the warmth and sincerity in the songs of Barefoot and Andy Peanut Peender Martin on this album. May they long, "Sing and Work in Harmony".
-Loxley E. M. banks, Programme Controller, Radio Cayman
Songs By Barefoot -I've Ruined My Liver (While healing my heart) -Don't steal me coconuts -Cho Cho -Island Lady -Banana Convention -Who Put the Pepper in the Vaseline
Songs By Andy -Cho Cho Letter From Sea Taxi Every Night At Midnight Yellow Pages You Sexy Thing
This album was recorded at MARK FIVE STUDIOS, Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A. also/Kaymaniac Studios, Grand Cayman.
Back cover layout/Ray Jarvis Front cover photo/Ray Jarvis Produced by/G. Nowak for Barefoot Records, Box 1249, Grand Cayman, B.W.I.
Special thanks to our sponsors/THE VIKING GALLERY, HOBBIES AND BOOKS, ROSE'S VARIETY STORE, THE GRAND CAYMANIAN HOLIDAY INN, THE GALLEON BEACH HOTEL. Also special thanks to: the Musicians at mark Five and Kaymaniac Studios.
Cover photo taken at: EAST END VILLAGE, GRAND CAYMAN
CHO CHO ISLAND LADY YELLOW PAGES LETTER FROM SEA DON'T STEAL ME COCONUTS
Editor's note: I hate the sun, hot beach sands, tourists and most of the beachcomber ethos but me likes this here record. Much of my disdain for the sun and beach comes from an ex-girlfriend who on vacations to Florida would insist upon sitting in the sun for 5 or 6 hours at a time. I tan well but burn just as easy. Plus I wilt in hot weather and discombobulate and have been known to be felled by sunstroke a time or ten. Anyhow, I was the guy on the beach who would have his shirt on and a towel over his legs snoring away while his princess turned golden brown. As for the music: odd that a white German tourist who never left would be the Calypso songster and the native brutha would be a country slinger. Yet it works. Very well I might add. I'm surprised that this record is hardly sought after or more readily available. It's a keeper.
Here's a good article (by the Barefoot Man himself) on the strange music traditions of the small island.
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!