Che Apalache's Joe Troop
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Video and brief article in Rollingstone magazine reminding us of our common humanity. Video was filmed in and around Nogales AZ/MX.
When musician Joe Troop visited the Arizona borderlands with his band Che Apalache in 2019, he had a shattering experience. While going into the Sonoran desert with guide Randy J. Mayer of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Troop and his mates came across a marker for an unknown 16-year-old boy who’d died during the treacherous journey to reach the U.S. Just over the hill from that spot loomed a typical American McMansion. “Big American flags, audacious swimming pool, this don’t-tread-on-me iconography,” Troop says. “It’s like, right in this person’s backyard a 16-year-old kid died. .....
Rolling Stone Magazine August 11, 2021 11:09AM ET
Click here to read the article and view the video by Joe Troop with Bela Fleck, Abigail Washurn