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      The title of this CD may raise a few questions. “ Skin it back” is an expression used by both the people living in the Delta and also it’s musicians.  To most, it means roll up sleeves and go harder. This is used with musicians meaning  “Go for it”.  The CD cover is a copy of a four foot, three dimensional painting by Marco Sierra, my nephew in Moon Lake Mississippi. 

       I started recording in my home studio ("Scooterbug Studio", after my youngest daughter - her nick name is Scooterbugs).  After recording most of the guitar work to a click track, I realized that it was to much for me with my limited knowledge of computers.  I talked Warrick Thomas  (Sound Concepts) into taking it over.  He saved my life.  This is a result of our combined efforts. 

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Track 1   Get Back To The Delta
This song came from spending too much time in the big cities.  Also being from the Delta, this gave me a chance to reflect on the mentality of seeing both sides.  There’s an old saying stating  “Style come from the city and wisdom from the country.”  I think this is pretty accurate.  Writing the song came easy except for the last verse. I didn’t want all three verses saying basically the same thing,  so I used it to express my feeling toward the problems going on in Kosovo at that time.
Time: 4:51
Songwriter: Bo Jenkins 
Vocals: Bo Jenkins
Back up vocals: Chris Deroche & Marion Turner 
Guitars: Bo Jenkins
Bass: John Lebesis
Drums: Paul O'Brien
Track 2   Train Train
I’ve always loved this song.  I don’t know all the lyrics, so I made the last verse up.  I hope Shorty doesn’t mind.  This song was a pleasure to record.  The two harps work so well together.
Time: 3:18
Songwriter: Shorty Matlocke
Vocals: Bo Jenkins
Bach up vocals: Chris DeRoche & Marion Turner
Guitars: Bo Jenkins
Bass: John Lebesis
Drums: Paul O'Brien
Lead harmonica: Peter Harper
'Chuglin' harmonica: Chris Wilson
Track 3  Joe (instrumental) 
Since this an instrumental, I can name it any damn thing I want to.  I usually use the first sensible thing that comes to mind.  The first thing that hit me was my Father. He loves honest country music and country blues, especially slide guitar. My only regret is I wish I could have used my Drobro (Dad calls them hound dog guitars) on this track.
Time: 1:25
Songwriter: Bo Jenkins
Slide guitar: Bo Jenkins
Track 4   Fifty Year Guarantee
When my wife Vanda and I were married, the Justice Of  The Peace gave us a warrantee stating that our marriage was good for fifty years.  Since then my life has improved in so many ways.  Could it be the Fifty Year Guarantee?
Time: 3:48
Songwriter: Bo Jenkins
Vocals: Bo Jenkins
Guitars: Bo Jenkins
Bass: John Lebesis
Drums: Paul O'Brien
Track 5   Who's To Blame
I have to be careful with this one.  I was thinking of two separate things.  One, the problems we are facing now days with our friends and loved ones when alcohol, drugs, peer pressure, and all the other modern day problems get in the way.  I wanted to use this to reflect on what we are going to, about the way we are treating our own earth.  Looking for who’s to blame is not enough.
Time: 5:21
Songwriter: Bo Jenkins
Vocals: Bo Jenkins
Backup vocals: Chris DeRoche & Marion Turner
Guitars: Bo Jenkins
Bass: Colin Priestly
Drums: Gary Young
Piano: Jim Sifonios
Sax: John Bisignano
Track 6   Tequila Worm Blues 
Have you ever been drunk from a bottle of Tequila and found out that you ate the worm?  Enough said.
Time: 4:57
Songwriter: Bo Jenkins
Vocals: Bo Jenkins
Slide guitar: Bo Jenkins
Bass: Warrick Thomas
Stomp box: Bo Jenkins
Harmonica: Marion Turner
Track 7   Jump Back Baby
This song explains itself.  It was recorded live in the studio with one mic in the kick box and 2 hanging off the wall.
Time: 2:52
Songwriter: Bo Jenkins
Vocals: Bo Jenkins
Slide guitar: Bo Jenkins
Harmonica: Chris Wilson
Stomp box: Bo Jenkins
Track 8   Play Them Games 
This is the first lyrical song that I ever wrote. I was thinking about how people can take a relationship and make a game of it.  Well I can do the same, however it never works.
Time: 5:31
Songwriter: Bo Jenkins
Vocals: Bo Jenkins
Guitars: Bo Jenkins
Bass: John Lebesis
Drums: Paul O'Brien
Track 9  Draggin' Cherry (instrumental) 
Back in my home town, Helena and West Helena Arkansas, as teenagers we use spend hours driving up and down Cherry Street watching the girls and looking for something to do.  The most familiar phrase to come from a teenager’s mouth was "let’s go draggin cherry".
Time: 3:05
Songwriter: Bo Jenkins
Guitars: Bo Jenkins
Bass: John Lebesis
Drums: Paul O'Brien
Track 10   Whiskey Drinkin' Woman
One of my favorite tracks on the CD. This song tells it like it is.  The guitar and harmonica remind me of a bunch of barnyard animals squawking at each other.
Time: 4:25
Songwriter: Bo Jenkins
Vocals: Bo Jenkins
Guitar: Bo Jenkins
Bass: Warrick Thomas
Drums: Gary Young
Harmonica: Chris Wilson
Track 11   Midnight Special
I never intended to record this song, however, after doing it on TV, there was such a response I was advised to record it.  I intended it to be a solo with just guitar, stomp box and vocal, but then we added Chris on harmonica and came up with the idea of using the girls.  I love it.
Time: 4:16
Songwriter: Lead Belly
Vocals: Bo Jenkins
Back up vocals: Chris Deroche, Marion Turner,  
& Sarah Wilson
Slide guitar: Bo Jenkins
Bass: Warrick Thomas
Stomp box: Bo Jenkins
Piano: Jim Sofinos
Harmonica: Chris Wilson
Track 12  Misty's Sleeping (instrumental) 
I wrote this song years ago when my daughter Misty was a baby.  After driving through the night from Texas to Arkansas to see her, she was sick.  Everyone else went to bed while I stayed up with my unplugged electric guitar and wrote the song while watching her.  I finished a basic idea of the song by the time she went to sleep.  Thus the name.
Time: 2:28
Songwriter: Bo Jenkins
Acoustic guitar: Bo Jenkins


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