Popular Colorado band Leftover Salmon stopped in at the headquarters of TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik during their New England tour when the rains began to fall heavily in their home state. As the water levels rose and the flooding began, the band decided to record and videotape one of their hits, “River’s Risin'”, in the TELEFUNKEN Recording studios.
“River’s Risin” was performed and recorded live in one take, with no overdubs or edit. The DD5 Dynamic Drum package was used to record the drums and features the M82 on kick drum, M81-SH on toms and the M80-SH on snare. Yet-to-be released prototypes of the M60 FET were used on overheads, mandolin and acoustic guitar. Banjo was tracked with the ELA M 260 small diaphragm tube mic while the bass was tracked direct through a DI. Both the C12 and ELA M 251E large diaphragm condensers as well as M80 dynamic mics were employed for live vocals.
“We were barely a day in to a two-week Leftover Salmon tour in New England when the rain began to fall in Colorado,” explained the band’s manager Tony Hume. “No one thought much about it when reports came in from our loved ones that the rain was heavy and consistent. Of course all that quickly turned into a disaster that changed everything for the band, our families, and the good folks of our beloved Colorado Front Range.”
During the recording session, it was decided to release the track, with proceeds going to benefit those who suffered from the flooding. “We soon realized that one song would only be a drop in the bucket,” Hume continued, “but an entire album’s worth of material could possibly reach the most people and have much more effect for those in need of help. I reached out to those bands with whom I have a special relationship and the response was immediately heart-warming and overwhelming. With the help of TELEFUNKEN and my good friend Annabel Lukins, we were able to compile this one of kind collection of tracks from our extended musical friends and family, a gift to the people in the most need in Colorado. We’re doing this for our state, for our people.” To learn more about “River’s Rising: Front Range Flood Relief 2013” visit:
“River’s Risin” was a song in an ongoing monthly contest co-hosted with Indaba Music. The top ten mixes were determined by popular vote, with the winning mix judged by the artist and TELEFUNKEN’s staff members.