Monday, April 15, 2019

Behind the Scenes: Spring Music Album

The annual Vol State Spring Music Showcase is quickly approaching. It will present original sounds across a variety of genres including: jazz, rock, bluegrass, and country. Additionally, students have been busy recording for the spring album, which will be sold at the show.

Music instructor Mark Barnett explained that the idea of the album is to feature all original songs (most of which are by students). “We rehearse and rehearse, and they really come through,” he said.

Cole Harper, Music Performance major, played guitar on a bluegrass track titled “Smokey Mountain Road,” written by Mark Barnett. Cole shared a bit of his experience recording on the album. “It’s been a good experience … I had no idea how to play bluegrass or function in a bluegrass group until I got here, and I’ve learned a lot since I’ve started playing in Barnett’s group,” Cole said.

Professional Music major, Michael Mullins, sang and played guitar on his own track “Sippin’ Moonshine” for the album. “All I had to do was show up, bend some strings, sing my song, and they did the rest. It was awesome, I can’t complain,” Michael said.
The album will come out the last week of April. It will be sold in the Wood Campus Bookstore and at the Spring Music Showcase itself. The details are April 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wemyss Auditorium (Caudill Hall). There is a suggested donation of $5 for admission, and $10 for admission plus the CD. The funds go towards music scholarships. Come show your support!

-By Rachel Keyes

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