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The latest CD from Loudhouse Records is music from the score of Baghdad Texas, composed by Producer Booka Michel and performed by Booka and the Flaming Geckos.

Booka is a musician and producer from Austin, Texas. He has produced award-winning albums, with Songs and Albums of the Year in Canada, Australia, Europe and the U.S. in the Blues, Folk, World Music and Americana categories. He has performed with Butch Hancock, Don Walser, Odetta, David Amram, Flaco Jimenez, Hoyt Axton, Arthur Brown, Peter Yarrow, Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jimmie Carl Black, Townes Van Zandt and many others.

The Baghdad Texas CD has received great notices and airplay since its initial release on September 15.

It debuted at #11 on the International Radio FAR chart and received two Album-Of-The-Month selections in the US and Europe. The album charted in the Top Twenty for three consecutive months and was selected Top Five Album of the Year by The Philadelphia City Paper and Top Ten Album of the Year by The Boston Herald.

For the soundtrack recording, Booka used longtime Austin musicians John Reed (Doug Sahm, Jimmy Dale Gilmore), Cindy Cashdollar (Bob Dylan, Van Morrison), Glen Fukunaga (Joe Ely), Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel), Ralph White (Bad Livers) and Zhenya Rock (Red Elvises). He composed the music based on three genres – Latin, Americana and Middle Eastern – inspired by the film’s main characters.

The album has been very well received, here and abroad, garnering high praise from DJs all over the world.

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$10 EACH



1. Carmen’s Dance

2. Border Lights

3. Pistol Packin’ Papa

4. Western Sunrise

5. Baghdad Texas

6. Morning in Mexico

7. Bad Weather Girl

8. Sad Songs on the Jukebox

9. Appalachian Lament

10. Barbed Wire Past

11. Mexican Moon

12. Upper Turtle Creek

13. Sundays




Debut at Number 11 on the International FAR Chart

Two – Number One Album-of-the-Month Picks

Top Twenty for three consecutive months



“Number One play on Sounds from the Mother Road” - American Roots Music Show, Jamie Hoover, Play FM, Austria - Syndicated


I really love the new album! It is extremely well recorded and has a real warmth to the sound. The songs are excellent and come across as very honest. It is so refreshing to hear music which is in no way contrived or trying to sound like the latest fad in whatever genre. You really have come up with the goods on this one. It is definitely some of your finest work. Very emotive in the very best kind of way. You have succeeded in breathing life into the songs and giving them so much space and texture.”Lord Litter, Radio Marabu,  Germany - Syndicated


Baghdad Texas is a very fine and interesting album, something I didn’t expect as it is more in the World Music Fusion than what Loudhouse has produced previously. There is even something reminding me of the work of Terry Allen on his Amerasia album. I really enjoy Baghdad Texas and surely will play it not only on my American Roots radio show but on my show of Folk, Roots and World Music. I am also making sure that Baghdad Texas will be an Album of the Week selection.”Massimo Ferro, Highway 61, Italy - Syndicated


      “The soundtrack music from Baghdad Texas combines melancholy and southern guitar sounds that the Flaming Geckos' gather from the symbiosis of Latin, Americana and the Middle East. Drum, bass, guitar and Dobro give color to the varied landscape of the creative genius of Booka Michel. He composed the songs, including the heart breakingly beautiful “Morning in Mexico” along with John Reed, one of the other Flaming Geckos – there is nothing more magical than a solar eclipse.  The other “Geckos” are Cindy Cashdollar on Dobro and steel guitar, and Glen Fukunaga on bass.

     “Listening to the soundtrack evokes unconscious associations with Ry Cooder, Wim Wenders and John Sayles, and the heroism of Antonio Banderas. In other words you think of atmosphere, conflict and romance. 'Bad Weather Girl' announces themselves however more violent as rushing rain clouds. Between the instrumental jewels are vocals – “Pistol Packin' Papa” the Jimmy Rodgers classic sung by Ray Benson, and “Sad Songs on the Jukebox” by Roy Heinrich, country songs that conjure up Saturday night reunions. Afterwards, “Appalachian Lament” with fiddle from Ralph White and “Mexican Moon” with trumpet encourage your imagination as if you are conducted by a wind puff to the Texas of the westerns.

     “The beautiful opening song “Carmen's Dance” suggests it all: love, beauty, tragedy and passion - and incapacity to communicate – with only the music a hand can help.”Rootstime, Belgium/Netherlands – Syndicated (tanslated)


“I absolutely love this record! Fresh . .. creative . . . original. I will be giving extensive airplay! Kate Walker, Sunday Morning Countdown, WZBC, Boston


“I want to highly congratulate you for the soundtrack...it really creates an atmosphere...I will air this CD!”Mike Penard, ISA Radio France - Syndicated


“I really appreciate your sending me a copy of Baghdad Texas. I love the record and made it my top pick for this month.”Mike Trynosky, WCNI, New London CT


“The CD is a real favorite of mine. I’ve been playing it back to back with the new Tom Russell, which makes for a killer set!”Mark Taylor, WVUD, Newark, Delaware


“I got the album today. I can't tell you how much I appreciate you sending it. I am on the final cut, first listen, and I will tell you I am enthused. I will rip the entire CD into the library of Big G's Texas Roadshow, and it will fall into the nightly schedule.Gordon Ames, KOOK-FM & RevolutionFM, Kerrville TX – Syndicated


“I'll start spinning tracks on my next show.” - Richard Schwartz (Professor Purple) – KZMU, Moab UT


“Tracks are scheduled. Cheers!”Eddie O'Strange, Town & Country Show, New Zealand


“We’ll be playing it on Dark Side of the Highway.”Johnny Timewarp, WHUS, Storrs CT


“I like it this CD a lot and I am gonna promote it.”Jane Weber, EuroRadio, Slovenia - Syndicated


“I received the album and enjoyed the music in all its variety and will be playing it on the radio.”Larry Hillberg, KVM, Nevada City CA


“On the playlist!”Gerd Stassen, Rockhouse, Germany