Mason Williams | Chico Hot Springs

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Chico Hot Springs

by Mason Williams

A classical guitar / twin mandolins, Martin guitar improv solo + orchestra Mexican flavored waltz.
Genre: Latin: Latin Folk
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Here's a tune I've written for twin mandolins (Byron Berline & Jerry Mills) called "Chico Hot Springs". It's a sort of Mexican waltz. It also features Rick Cunha, on an El Paso style guitar obligato/solo when the orchestra strings play the melody the 2nd time thru.

This melody was inspired by a breezy Montana Big Sky afternoon. We were sitting on the front porch of an old World War I Veterans Hospital-turned-resort called Chico Hot Springs, it’s just north of the Gardiner exit of Yellowstone Park.

The porch ran the length of the whole house and looked out over a big, grassy lawn dotted with quaking aspens. Gusts of wind in the trees sounded like waves coming ashore, and the silver under bellies of the aspen leaves flashed and billowed around like darting schools of tropical fish.

It was a wonderful cocktail of inspirations:
cowboy, because of the ranch setting;
tropical because of the surrealistic schools of leafy fish,
and Mexican because of the name Chico.

Classical Guitar, Mason Williams
Mandolins, Byron Berline & Jerry Mills
Rhythm/Improv Guitar, Rick Cunha
Bass, Don Whaley
Drums/Percussion, Hal Blaine
Note performer orchestra by Art Maddox

Original tracks recorded at Boutwell Studios in Birmingham, Alabama, October 1984
24-trk Engineers Tony Wachter & Ed Boutwell
Additional tracks recorded in Eugene, Oregon, 12/04/01 & 3/03 Pro Tools Engineer, Don Ross
Mix / Mastered by Don Latarski, Crescent Studio 10/7/16



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