Memorabilia Navidena (1990 and re-released in 1991)

Homeland got us a band, a van, lots of road miles, airline miles, our introduction to a European audience and a “platinum record in Korea” where we also visited. I was still writing wild and had recorded a project called Culture Swing with my band, Booker T. Jones as producer with appearances by Kris Kristofferson and Albert Lee. A brief phone call from A&M left me label-less.

While in Korea, I had written a Christmas song. As my sisters stuffed Tamales to prepare for Navidad – I stuffed homemade cassettes and covers into boxes for friends and relatives. I took one to John Kunz at Waterloo Records. He called me later that day and asked if I could make some more for him to sell at Christmas time. John fronted the duplication (we had done the first 60 at home). We ended up selling nearly a thousand in a week, donating the proceeds to “La Peña” a non profit arts organization, started by the owners of Las Manitas Cafe. I had seen them serve the Austin community well. That made my Christmas!