Running for the Drum

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Running for the Drum
Running for the Drum.jpg
Studio album by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Released September 2008
Recorded 2008
Genre Folk, rock
Length 43:31
Label Appleseed
Producer Chris Birkett, Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie chronology
Up Where We Belong
(1996)Up Where We Belong1996
Running for the Drum
Power in the Blood
(2015)Power in the Blood2015
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Phoenix 3/4 stars[2]
musicOMH 3.5/5 stars[3]
Slant 3.5/5 stars[4]

Running for the Drum is the fourteenth studio album by Buffy Sainte-Marie, released in 2008. One of Sainte-Marie's more successful albums, it spawned one single with "No No Keshagesh". Sainte-Marie also rewrote two verses of "America The Beautiful".


The album's title comes from a lyric in the song "Cho Cho Fire". Running for the Drum features the DVD documentary on Buffy Sainte-Marie, A Multimedia Life, which features exclusive interviews with artists such as Joni Mitchell and Taj Mahal and performances by Sainte-Marie.

Sessions for this album began in 2006 until 2007, mostly recorded in Sainte-Marie's home recording studio in Hawaii and part in France. The album opens with two aboriginal influenced songs, "No No Keshagesh" (the album's only single and made as if to sound at a rally) and "Cho Cho Fire". Apart from a reworking on the track "Little Wheel Spin and Spin", all of the tracks here are newly written and unique to this album. Running for the Drum won the prestigious Juno Award for best aboriginal album. It features her friend, Taj Mahal on acoustic piano.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Buffy Sainte-Marie unless otherwise noted

  1. "No No Keshagesh" - 4:44
  2. "Cho Cho Fire" - 3:05
  3. "Working For The Government" - 3:33
  4. "Little Wheel Spin and Spin" - 3:05
  5. "Too Much Is Never Enough" - 3:58
  6. "To The Ends of the World" - 3:45
  7. "When I Had You" - 4:12
  8. "I Bet My Heart On You" - 3:26
  9. "Blue Sunday" - 2:55
  10. "Easy Like The Snow Falls Down" - 3:52
  11. "America the Beautiful" - 3:01 (Katharine Lee Bates, Samuel A. Ward & Sainte-Marie)
  12. "Still This Love Goes On" - 3:55


  • Buffy Sainte-Marie - vocals, guitars, keyboards, piano, percussion and drum samples
  • Taj Mahal - acoustic piano on "I Bet My Heart On You"
  • Black Lodge Singers - pow wow sample on "Cho Cho Fire"
  • Whitefish Jrs. - pow wow sample on "Working For The Government"
  • Chris Birkett - guitars, bass, drums, programming, percussion, keyboards, Tibetan bowl and string arrangements
  • Monte Horton - electric guitar
  • Kirk Smart - lap steel guitar
  • Pat Cockett - slack key guitar
  • Nico Mirande - bass
  • Neil Chapman - bass
  • Cyril Diet - drums
  • Adrian Fiorelli - drums
  • Kevan McKenzie - drums
  • Jim Birkett - drum programming, sound effects
  • Roger Jacobs - drum loop and programming


  • Producer: Chris Birkett and Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • Engineer: Chris Birkett and Steve Payne
  • Mixing: Buffy Sainte-Marie and Chris Birkett
  • Mastering: Seth Foster
  • Design: Buffy Sainte-Marie and Patrick Duffy for Attention
  • Photography: Trevor Brady, Denise Grant, Brian Geltner, Emerson & Lowe, D. Boy, Norman Seefe, NASA, ESA and A. Nota