Sunday, July 19, 2015

Ep 13 - Song 5: "Rio Grande" by The Lawn Chairs

"The song commemorates an experience on the 'Savanna Studio' that the ISU Department of Landscape Architecture conducts each fall, during which students and faculty travel around the country for extended field study. In fall 2011 the travel included a visit to Big Bend National Park in SW Texas and a canoe trip down the Rio Grande, and Martin wrote 'Rio Grande' the following spring. The song is dedicated to Professor Gary Hightshoe, the 'godfather' of the Savanna Studio, who led the Rio Grande adventure in 2011 and retired the following year.

"The Lawn Chairs came together as a band during Savanna Studio travels during the fall of 2012, and have been performing in Ames and around central Iowa since then. Their repertoire includes original songs written by Martin, Murtha and Van Denack as well as covers of songs in pop, rock, country and Americana genres."
- from Micheal Martin for this podcast

Michael Martin - guitar and lead vocal
Molly Murtha - vocal
Kyle Schellhorn - cajon
Morgan Van Denack - vocal

Songwriter: Michael Martin
Arrangement: The Lawn Chairs (all 4 members)
Recording: December 2013 at Kocimski Auditorium, ISU Design Building, two simultaneous tracks on a Fostex VF80, one take, no frills :·)


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