Phish did more than perform a legendary set of shows in the swamps of Big Cypress – they met new friends as well. One of these was Chief Jim Billie, chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida since 1979 and singer / songwriter / guitarist. Many of his songs pay homage to the land of his tribe and the people and animals that inhabit it. One of these original compositions, “Big Alligator Song,” is a song about survival and dedication that Billie performed with Phish on 12/30/99. They also collaborated on “Che Hun Ta Mo.” John McEuen, who also joined on-stage that night, produced Billie’s then-current album.
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