Plain Gold Ring – Feat. Al Schackman
An American Road Trip Recording... This is the third American Road Trip Recording of Mattanja, Yori Olijslagers & Opa. We met Al Schackman, who happened to be Nina Simone's guitarist and musical director for years and years, in a small diner in the middle of nowhere in New Mexico close to the Arizona border. We got talking and he said he was a musician too and actually lived in holland for a while, so I asked whom he played with over there. He said, NINA SIMONE! That sent me into gibberish and I gave him my album and felt so honored to have met him. 45 minutes later he walked back into the diner, said he was so consumed by the music that he didn't realize they were going the wrong way until they crossed the Arizona border. After hearing our story he said he'd love to record something with us and after the premiere of Nina Simone's documentary in New York we met up at his ranch in New Mexico and set up in his living room to record some of Nina Simone's songs as part of our American Road Trip Recordings. Forever in awe of this wonderful man and his girlfriend whom we grew so fund of. Not to forget Patsy, their dog. Forever in our hearts and a highlight on our journey through the States. The images were taking during our stay at their ranch and when they took us to their neighbors farm for a cow branding.
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