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Living the Natural Life

by SoundFarm Band

Original rock, jazz, blues and funk, similar to Steely Dan, Crosby, Stills and Nash (CSN), Yes, and Phish, yet uniquely our own, with lyrically cryptic, socially relevant messages.
Genre: Rock: Jam-band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. From You
0:34 $0.99
2. Take a Spin
4:57 $0.99
3. Natural Life
5:43 $0.99
4. Move to the Middle
5:48 $0.99
5. Roundabout
5:59 $0.99
6. What a Fool
4:26 $0.99
7. I Can Be
5:24 $0.99
8. Turn the TV Off
5:19 $0.99
9. Open Wide
3:47 $0.99
10. Strange
5:05 $0.99
11. I Called Your Name
4:42 $0.99
12. Please Dance
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Album Notes

A unique blend of rock, jazz, funk, blues and even a touch of country, interlaced with jam band musical explorations. Lush vocal harmonies, tasty horn sections, and outstanding soloists. Dedicated to Ethan Crosby, elder brother of David Crosby (Crosby, Stills and Nash) and a long-time player in SoundFarm Band.

The initial recording began at Radio Star in Weed, CA., where we tracked for two days with our core band of Christian Heilman on drums, Richard Lucas on bass, Paul Beck on guitar, Ken Nelson guitar and vocals, and Stefan Shittko on keyboards. Our drummer for this project, Christian Heilman, a superb sound engineer, edited those many takes in his studio in Seattle, and condensed them all into one beautiful core rhythm section ready to add additional tracks to.

At SoundFarm itself (Ken's home), Ken, Richard and Christian then tracked and edited many of the fine contributors such as vocals, horns, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, flute, percussions etc. Christian Heilman, then added these into the core sound produced from Radio Star Studios.
This album was produced similarly to the studio projects of Steely Dan, where many players were tracked, experimenting with different sounds and qualities, choosing the very best parts to include in the finished songs.
Additional tracks were done by the superb players shown below. An ambitious undertaking that took a few years to complete. We are immensely pleased to present this to the world!

Produced by Ken Nelson, Richard Lucas & Christian Heilman

Core Band at Radio Star:
Ken Nelson – lyrics and music, lead and backup vocals, guitars, keyboards, flute
Richard Lucas – arrangements, bass, vocals, percussions
Christian Heilman – drums
Paul Beck – guitar
Stefan Schittko – keyboards

Guest Musicians:
Ariah Firefly – vocals on tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12
Jeff Pevar – guitars on tracks 2, 10
Alice DiMicele – vocals on tracks 1, 2
Cindi Titzer – vocals on tracks 3, 8, 9, 10
Bill Vallaire – lead guitar on tracks 3, 4, 5, 12
Bruce Anthony – steel pedal guitar on tracks 6, 9
Scott Durbin – trumpet, flugelhorn on tracks 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10
Ted Taforo – sax on tracks 3, 4, 5, 9, 10
Dave Reynolds – keyboards on tracks 6, 9
Crystal Reeves – violin, viola on tracks 11
John Hawk – cello on track 11
Leonardo Gonzalez – congas on tracks 4, 8

Engineer: Christian Heilman
Mastering: Jim Chapdelaine

SoundFarm Band began in 1984 with Ken Nelson and Richard Lucas, who met as river guides in the shadows of Mount Shasta, CA, playing acoustic guitar and mandolin in Ken’s yard. His home gradually came to be known as SoundFarm, and over the next 25 years, musicians came to play, jam and create many versions of the band, gigging at numerous venues.



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