Souvenir for Henry County singing duo
Helen E. McKinney,
(March 2002) NEW CASTLE, Ky. - A life-long ambition drove
Danny Finnell and Joe Yates to combine their musical talents by recording
their first CD, Souvenir.
We just wanted to give it a try, Yates said. Finnell described
their music as adult contemporary, noting they are recording artists,
no longer performing artists.
The duo are known as the Baby Llamas. Yates describes the name as a
play on words. It just seemed to fit, he said.
by Helen McKinney
left, Joe Yates and Danny Finnell have recently released their
first CD by their band, the Baby Llamas. The CD is titled Souvenir.
Part of their name refers to the religious Llama and the
Hindu notion of re-incarnation. The duo has taken years of personal
experience in the musical field, re-incarnating it into a shared vision
on their current CD.
Both men provide guitar and vocals, which Yates also backs up with harmonica
and keyboards. They assumed the initial recording period would only
last a couple of weeks, but it actually took two years to complete.
Finnells original goal was to be a songwriter, he said. He and
Yates share credit for writing all of the songs on Souvenir.
Some ideas came from true experience, the Shelby County,
Ky., native said.
Yates, a New Castle, Ky., resident, said that when the band decided
to stop playing the bar scene they wanted something to show for their
many years of hard work. For that reason, this CD is a souvenir
Their original bass player, Steve Jenkins, assisted them on the one
song during which he sings lead. Jenkins is a former member of a once
popular local band, The Misfits.
The CD was recorded at Shelbyvilles BackStreet Studios. Dan Hauck
engineered and co-produced it with Mike Broughton. Hauck said the Baby
Llamas are the local version of Steely Dan.
Four years in the making, BackStreet Studios was at that time searching
for a recording project to showcase Haucks talent. Contained within
what used to be the Shelbyville Greyhound bus terminal, the recording
studio is an eclectic mix of Greek Revival and techno industrial furnishings.
The main recording room alone measures 35x60 feet, with ceilings of
10-14 feet. Hauck can provide musical backup for anyone wanting to record
a CD but not having the right musicians. Haucks resume includes
work on the Lonesome Pine specials.
An old-style atmosphere enhances the resulting acoustically engineered
sound, said Finnell. Hauck combines computerized technology with vintage
amplifiers and vacuum-tube microphones for a unique result.
The Henry County High School video production class used one of the
songs on the CD, What I Got, to make a video. The class
won first prize in a nation-wide contest for their efforts, Finnell
Yates, an attorney for the Henry County Board of Education, said this
venture came about through his acquaintance with Henry County High School
teacher, Steve Gallon. Through their combined efforts, a video was produced
using the Baby Llamas song.
Its nice for people to support local musicians, said
Hauck. There are lots of local musicians who find it hard to get the
recognition they deserve, he said.
n A copy of the CD can be purchased by calling BackStreet Studios at
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