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Spirit lives on Mountain Fair CD

Stewart Oksenhorn

Another Carbondalian putting the spirit into the fair is Bob Schultz. A strategic planning consultant, Schultz strategically planned to make sure that last year’s Mountain Fair would live on in the ears of music lovers. Working with co-producer Geoff Legg, Mountain Fair music mix-master Bill Flanigan, and KDNK’s Dr. Skip Naft, Schultz has released “Spirit of the Fair,” a CD featuring 11 tracks by eight of last year’s musical acts.

The disc opens with an appropriately spiritual tune, “Teaching My Heart,” by folk singer Joules Graves. After Graves delivers the funny “Naked Man From Venus,” local singer Seraina McCarty gives a fine performance of her anti-high-tech tune “Y2K.” The song, about a simpler past, has a particular resonance with Carbondale Mountain Fair, which turns the clock back in its own way. Fellow local Tracy McClain, backed by an all-star band that includes saxophonist Bryan Savage, combines atmospheric jazz sounds and country singing on Haden Gregg’s rustic “Above Timberline.”

Floodplain Gang shows its vocal talent harmonizing on the introduction to “Nine Pound Hammer” before throwing things into bluegrass gear. The band’s medley of bluegrass standards “Pig in a Pen” and “Midnight Moonlight” features some high-speed guitar-picking.

Marimba band Jaka changes the vibe with their tune “The Garden,” a tribute to the Crystal River Valley and local resident Cami Britt. Denver singer Juliana Munoz and her band Su Ritmo Caliente add a Latin vibe, and Flambeau goes to another ethnic extreme, delivering a medley of Irish tunes.

“Spirit of the Fair” concludes with Venice performing an acoustic series of cover songs, including Stevie Nicks’ “Landslide” and Stephen Stills’ “Love the One You’re With.”

The disc does, indeed, capture the spirit of the fair. It’s a homemade product – more about singing and acoustic instruments than electronics and production. The breadth of sounds, from American country folk to Irish jigs to Latin pop, reflects the Fair’s deep commitment to diversity.


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