Released March 12, 1998
While working on this album, Cowboy Boots & Bathin’ Suits, Jerry Jeff took a moment to reflect on the pieces that make up the mosaic of his 28th album:
COME AWAY TO BELIZE WITH ME (by Jerry Jeff Walker)
"I wanted to show the life of a day in San Pedro--all the stuff I like."
BAREFOOTIN’ (by Robert Parker)
"Everybody goes barefoot in Belize (at least in San Pedro). I mean everybody."
GRINGO IN BELIZE (by Dennis Wolf)
"Since I first got to San Pedro, Dennis Wolf has been very helpful. He is a real survivor in the Cayes, and he’s seen ‘em come and go."
CHAMPAGNE DON’T HURT ME BABY (by Eric Von Schmidt)
"I’ve sung this song for years at parties, and we decided to swing it!"
WANTED FOR LOVE (by Bob Livingston and Lane Bybee)
Captain Lane Bybee and Cosmic Bob made this up while flying around America. There are many wanted men (and women) in Belize."
BOATS TO BUILD (by Guy Clark)
"It would be hard to do an album about an island in the Caribbean, where the main mode of transportation is by boat, and not do this one."
SLOOP JOHN B.
(Traditional, arr. by Jerry Jeff Walker)
"Every young man dreams of going to sea and having great adventures, but their stories don’t always have happy endings."
RHYTHM OF THE RAIN (by John Gummoe)
"From the first time I hit the Caribbean, I have found that rain on a thatched roof and palm trees is the perfect afternoon nap soundtrack, and also the perfect accompaniment to reading a book or playing guitar."
FRED NEIL MEDLEY (by Fred Neil)
"This is a medley of Fred Neil songs--’The Dolphin,’ ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ and ‘Little Bit of Rain’-- all in the key of D. If anybody can express the feeling about tropical life in song, it’s Fred."
THE MOON IS STILL OVER HER SHOULDER (by Hugh Prestwood)
"The full moon in Belize is so big and so clear on the water. We’re closer to it there; it is magical."
COWBOY BOOTS & BATHIN’ SUITS (by Jerry Jeff Walker)
"I was watching some guests from Texas pack up and go home one morning; as I drank coffee, I wrote down how I knew they felt."
THOSE WERE THE DAYS (By Keith Sykes)
"This paints a pretty good picture of the late Sixties and early Seventies. These days will be those days too, some day."
JJW Loves Belize
Posted by Jeff Wheeler on 3rd Jan 2018
Good stories make good music
Love this fun upbeat music
Posted by Joan Schueller on 18th Jul 2017
We had bought the cd after a concert in galveston a few years ago and wore it out... so I went to order a new one and ebay has them at $40 each!!!! so glad I found your website so we could replace this CD we love.
Going back again...
Posted by Tony Loverdi on 1st Feb 2017
After loosing my copy of Cowboy Boots and Bathing Suits, I ordered 3 more, one for us and one for the other 2 couples that will be joining us in Ambergris Caye later this year. Just listening to it makes me feel like we are back down there...
Relaxed Live Recording Like They Are Playing in your Living Room
Posted by Robin Ljungberg on 22nd Aug 2016
I love the laid back vibe of this album. Great song selections and you feel like you are right there in Belize with JJW (which I will be in January '17)!
Movi9ng to Belize
Posted by Unknown on 28th Jul 2016
Ian Fleming loved the entire region and after listening to this cd I want to explore it in the time I have left.
Love the variety that JJW brings
Posted by Paul Bulluck on 26th Jan 2016
Good CD. Liked Gonzo Stew better, but I love the variety in JJW's music. He has delivered beach, cowboy, jazz, romance, and ballads over the years. I am a fan and always will be. Looking forward to his next CD. Would like to see him do more songs that he writes because he is so good at it. Also, come to NC so I can see the band!