I've heard from numerous local musicians lately about about how much growth there has been on Durango's little music
scene in the last decade. We've now got more bands than ever, many doing interesting things and contributing to this
But there is still a naysayer or 12 who feels like this scene has too much of this or too little of that. But as
someone who is out probably more than I should be or my wallet allows, I find those comments come from people who
don't regularly support live music, and if they do, their attentions are focused more on the bar than on the band.
The scene is only as great as you make it, I guess. Two of Durango town's favorite rock bands will have a dual CD
release party Saturday night at El Rancho.
In no particular order, north La Plata County's Freeman Social will celebrate the release of due maximus" while LCK
will reveal Lawn Chair Kings II."
Both bands have been patient with the recording and the release of their respective CDs. The Lawn Chair Kings has
spent the last couple of years recording II" in its practice space/studio on Fifth Avenue, enlisting the help of
other local musicians to add banjo, trumpet, accordion and keyboards.
Mixing and mastering of II" was done by Dale Allen, an Austin, Texas-based musician who comes through town with Dave
Insley or Genuine Cowhide when he's not producing and engineering at his studio.
Freeman Social's due maximus" also has been long in the making. The band traveled to King Bee studios in Denver (a
place the band's guitarist/vocalist Paul Iudice has been recording at for years with former bands Smut Vendor, The
Thirteens and Amazing Larry) for three or four separate recording sessions to record its new CD. Using King Bee's
space to record is both convenient and inconvenient for the band; the studio time costs next to nothing yet money and
time is spent going to and from Denver.
It's pretty cool to go into a pro studio and not have to pay a lot for recording time," Iudice said. It's very time
consuming to drive up there, do four songs in a weekend, and then go back two months later to record four more. Then
you get all your songs done and go back again."
The band's latest won't be its newest for long, because The Freeman Social has plans to do a home recording later
this month anticipating the release of another CD sometime in the summer.
This dual CD release party answers many of the complaints I hear so often - it'll be free of bluegrass, free of
turntables, free of reggae. So please stop whining.
This pairing is nothing new, because The Freeman Social and Lawn Chair Kings have been on the same bill about a dozen
times offering up locally made, do-it-yourself rock 'n roll music. An amalgam of both bands' members also make up the
band Farmington Hill, but that's another story.
That's enough to make a scene, along with the 20 or so other bands in town (including rock, bluegrass, jazz, jam, reggae, electronic, barbershop, celtic, classical, folk and country) that are doing the same thing.
Musicians, thanks for making music. Fans, thanks for supporting live music.
Bryant Liggett is a freelance writer and KDUR station manager.
Reach him at Liggett_b@fortlewis.edu.