The LA Times music blog Pop & Hiss has a brief article on Yusuf’s recent activities here in Los Angeles. He’s working on a follow-up to his last album An Other Cup. The author got a sample of some of the new songs, one of which is a song called “Boots ‘n’ Sand.”
Among them is one tentatively titled “Boots ‘n’ Sand,” a fairly lighthearted take on what certainly wasn’t a lighthearted incident, when Islam was refused entry to the U.S. in 2004 in the wake of heightened security worries after 9/11.
You may recall that he was stopped at the airport and then sent home to England—an incident that turned out to be a case of mistaken identity because his name was similar to one on the FBI’s list of suspected terrorists. “They kept asking ‘Are you sure your name isn’t spelled Y-O-U-S-U-F?”
Part of the song lyrics are quoted:
As we reached the border
Seven sheriffs arrived
Me and my gal saddled outside
Sheriffs: “Is your name this?”
Him: “I guess it is.”
Sheriffs: “You’re on our ‘no song’ list.”
Him: “Oh no sir, no. This can’t be so!”
The album will feature appearances by Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss.