Raiford Starke: He blows the doors off the bar
By Chris Curle, Don Farmer
A song Starke and a friend wrote is emblematic of that. It’s called “Girl From Immokalee,” a tune that sticks in your head after you hear it once and you can’t escape it unless you have an Ambien night. And you really don’t want to.
“‘Girl from Immokalee’ is kind of a composite. When I was working with the Seminole Tribe, playing lunchtime at a little café back in the ‘90s, there was a group of girls there, mostly Mexican-Americans and a girl from the reservation. If you listen to the song, you’ll know she’s half Mexican and half Seminole. The Indians love that song. I’ve sold hundreds of CDs to the Indians because of that one song.”
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