An oldie, but a goodie.
Last year, Western AF with shot Vincent Neil Emersonand it’s been one of my comfort videos ever since.
I wasn’t familiar with Vincent Neil Emerson’s work when I stumbled upon it, but the backstory to the tune he sang, “The Ballad Of The Choctaw-Apache,” stuck in my mind.
I’m such a nerd with a story that has significant meaning, and it has it both personally to him and historically.
“The song The Ballad Of The Choctaw-Apache is about my grandmother’s tribe in Northwest Louisiana. You know, a lot of people have been uprooted and their way of life changed because I think some people wanted to introduce tourism.”
Emerson notes at the beginning of the video.
He goes on to explain how many people were uprooted to the Toledo Bend Reservoir in the ’60s and how many families were still facing problems because of the state’s decision.
“I wanted to shed some light on the topic on the subject because I don’t feel like a lot of people are talking about it.”
Emerson exudes so much emotion through phenomenal storytelling in the lyrics. Each line captivates the listener when hearing about the needs of these people.
The text “Well 1963 was the land of the proud, the brave, and the free / But it’s not so for all you see / They’ve washed out the land so be careful where you stand. poetically gives you a history lesson.
This is a must if you are interested in history or like songs that tell a complete story.
Vincent Neil Emerson is phenomenal.
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/11/07/vincent-neil-emersons-the-ballad-of-the-choctaw-apache-is-top-notch/ Vincent Neil Emerson’s “The Ballad Of The Choctaw-Apache” Is Top Notch