Hank & The No Goods

It was around about 1996 that Shelley Niro came up
with the idea of a travelling B-circuit bar band for her
film Honey Mocassin. Although the whole band never
appeared in the film, Hank showed up at the end singing
Honey on Fire through the closing credits from the back
of a five ton equipment truck which was ‘loading out’. He
bore a striking resemblance to Willie Dunn, whom I had
recently met again after a long gap of 25 years. We wrote
and recorded a few songs based on Shelley’s script. She
used everything that we sent her. Some bits and pieces,
some in their entirety, according to the film’s needs.
These songs were the start of a seven year recording
and performing period for Hank and Slim from 1997
to 2004. The ‘record’ button was often ‘on’ at the coffee
houses, rez arenas, folk festivals, university radio stations,
and studios, both upscale and the duct tape kind. I
carried a loaded Walkman Pro in my holster just in
case. So, from the kitchen table to soft-seat European
concert halls, we have a well travelled and intensely
interesting backdrop for this music. We sounded good
together, dressed well for the occasion, and were still
attractive lads.

 

 

Willie had a great sense of humour and I gave it room on
this record. He liked to tell stories as well, so I made sure
that some had their place here.
After rummaging around the basement, bumping my
head a few times, through dusty cobwebs, then lugging
cardboard boxes full of tape hiss upstairs, I tried to bring
enough good elements and variety together to share some
of what we were doing and what we were up to in this
mighty and creative period. I listened to everything while
sorting and assembling the material. It was difficult in the
beginning, hearing my old friend’s voice in the headphones
so close and yet......bittersweet.
So Slim put on his producer hat – the one with the
rumpled feather. He created several new songs and pulled
enough pieces together to be able to ask other musicians
and artists for their helpful voices. Some were longtime
friends of Willie, while others had never met him but
trusted Slim anyway. Good move. They added a strong
sense of family which, after all, was so important to
Willie. They brought more than they imagined and are,
now, officially ‘No Goods’. It’s with that thought that I
respectifully dedicate this album to the family and friends
of my big brother, who gave me this chance to heal.
Wela’lin, Willie Dunn
Ron Bankley



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1- Spirit Flute 1:18
2- Distant Warrior 2:06
3- Our Native Land 3:22
4- Seven-O-Nine 4:56
5- Walking Eagle 2:37
6- Peruvian Dream 4:10
7- Great Lakes People 4:46
8- Schwartz Katz 3:32
9- Hypochondriac Blues 3:56
10- I Pity the Country 2:50
11- Where Eagles Soar 5:06
12- Yellowhead’s Song 5:36
13- Yellowhead Reprise 4:54
14- Rear View 4:35
15- Nanabush Dogs 3:37
16- Son of the Earth 1:08
17- Heartbeat of our Mother 0:35

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Song 8 - W. Leiderschmitt
Song 15 - Algonquin Traditional
Songs 1 & 17 - D. R. Maracle
Songs 2,13, 14 - R. Bankley
All other songs - Willie Dunn


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