What Yusuf was doing in LA

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.


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2 Responses to What Yusuf was doing in LA

  1. Regine says:

    I really looking forward to the new album .Regine

  2. Pingback: Boots & Sand music video in production « The Troubadour Tribune

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