Winner of the AFIM Indie Award for Children's Music
National Park Service Audio Interpretive Excellence Awards
Entertainment Weekly 4 Star Rating.
The slugs invite you and your family on a musical journey through the wondrous natural world of Yellowstone and the Tetons!!! Let's Go Wild. Songs on Beavers, Bears and Bison; Fires, Geysers and Wild Rivers; Stars, Skies and Mysteries, all written with the help of Park naturalists.
Special guests Joe Craven & Norton Buffalo.
released January 1, 1999
The Banana Slug String Band
“Solar” Steve Van Zandt –guitar, vocals
“Marine” Mark Nolan – guitars, mandolin, dulcimer, vocals
Doug “Dirt” Greenfield –bass, vocals
“Airy” Larry Graff –guitars, vocals
Norton Buffalo – harmonic, celebrity vocals on “Bison,” grammar
Joe Craven – violin, mandolin on “Walking in the Tetons,” otter disgust
Richard Karst – acoustic & electric guitar, vocals, flute, keyboards, pedal steel guitar
Dave Murray – drums
Horn Section: Crucial Darshan Horns – Richard Karst, arrangements
Produced by Richard Karst & Daren Chadwick
This album was created with the support of Grand Teton Natural history Association, Teton Science School and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Here is a note from Teton Science School Executive Director Jack Shea:
My job is teaching people – especially kids – about our natural world. It’s a big essential job and I need all the help I can muster. I knew the Banana Slugs could help when three things happened. I first saw them sing and dance their way through a convention center crowded with thousands of weary science teachers. It was like lemonade on a hot summer day. The second time I saw them in concert, I watched 60 kids, inspired by a song, spontaneously begin a synchronized slithering across the stage. Everyone in the place cracked up, even their parents. The last and best reason is my daughter, Hayden. Hayden is named after a valley in Yellowstone a National Park and loves living and learning about the wildlife near her home in Jackson Hole. When I brought her a Banana Slugs tape, we listened to it so much that I began to have dreams of dirt making my lunch. In this brain-washed state, I knew that the world needed a collection of Banana Slugs songs about the lands, wonders and wildlife of the Grand Teton/Yellowstone region. It has been a fun project, thanks to everyone who helped.
Justine Elizabeth Milburn
Nathan Van Zandt
Kids chorus coordinated by Janine Chadwick
Special thanks to:
Charlene Milligan, Jack Shea, Leslie Bowman, Janine Chadwick, Lynn Karts, Bonno Bernard, No Stuv, Eric Simon and Wildlife Studio, Sound Deluxe Microphones, Bolo Prather for the use of his very special Native American flute on “Bison”
Joe Crave appears courtesy of Rubber Bath Toy Records
Norton Buffalo appears courtesy of his children
The Chadwick appear courtesy of KC Records
Richard Karst, HeartVoice and the Curcial Darshan Horns appear courtesy of Prema Music.
“Let It Burn” – Nathan Van Zandt, George Chadwick – rub-a-dub vocals
“Old Faithful” - Erin Peden – lead vocal, Henry Chadwick – spoken explanations
“Walking in the Tetons” – Joe Craven – mandolin, HeartVoice – background vocals
“Roll Along Yellowstone” – Lars Johannesson – pennywhistle, Janet Dows – concertina, Marine Mark Nolan – mandolin, Covey Potter – drums
“Ruminant chew” – Intro dialogue by Helen Lancaster (mama) and Hazel Chadwick (baby)
“Baby Wapiti” – Hazel Chadwick – lead vocal, Janine Chadwick – backup vocal
“Grizzly Bear Paradise” – Gayle Clark – vocal
“Wolf Dream” – Richard Karst – bass
“Stars Over Wyoming” Gayle Clark – background vocal
Engineered by Darn Chadwick & Richard Karst
Second Engineer – George Chadwick
Mixed by Daren Chadwick
Recorded at Prema Music Studio, Santa Cruz, CA
Digital Editing by Richard Karst at Prema Music Studio
Mastering by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
Art Direction – Bonno Bernard
Cover concept – don Faia
Illustration & Production – Tom Dill
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