No-No Boy – "The Best God Damn Band in Wyoming" [Official Music Video]
Watch the official music video for “The Best God Damn Band in Wyoming” by No-No Boy, the third single off his upcoming Smithsonian Folkways album ‘1975.’ The song is dedicated to his “Japanese Grandma” Joy Teraoka and her bandmates in the George Igawa Orchestra who performed around the state while incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Wyoming between 1942-1944.
NOTICE: This song contains strong language and may not be suitable for children.
‘1975’ is available April 2, 2021, on Vinyl LP, CD, and Digital.
No-No Boy is the musical project of Vietnamese American singer and scholar Julian Saporiti. On his Smithsonian Folkways debut ‘1975,’ named after the year Saigon fell, Saporiti investigates his own family heritage as well as life in WWII Japanese internment camps, immigrant detention centers and refugee camps in 2020, and other stories of immigration that illustrate the complexities of becoming American. His songs are the epitome of folk storytelling in the modern era, as he interweaves histories with field recordings from the sites of collective trauma and fragments of Asian American musical tradition, from jazz to rock, to choral music. With his plaintive, direct voice, he takes listeners on a deeply human journey through the Asian American experience in the US.
Smithsonian Folkways: https://folkways.si.edu