ABOUT US

The Riverheads began in 2015 when J.K. Baker (AKA Capt. Salamander) decided to write a song about the Texas Blind Salamander, "I'm Just a Blind Salamander.” Although not on this album, he sang it to his wife who said, "Hey, that's not too bad. It's actually pretty good." [the lyrics, not the singing]. That began the idea that songs could be written about unusual topics that no one else had ever written about before, songs about saving the aquatic environment (and by extension Sister Earth) in Central Texas, leading to a totally new genre, environmental folk rock. 

 

How did they become songs?

Baker had written several poems with melody by the summer of 2016, but he didn't play any instruments so they were basically poems with a melody line. Over the rest of the year he tried to get different artists to help him with the music and make these into real songs, but he couldn't get anyone, anyone at all to play these songs. Although many people thought songs like the Ballad of Jaimy Breihan were great poems, they felt that most of the songs were too long and rambling to fit into a song structure. Undeterred, he decided to purchase an acoustic guitar at the old Mazak's Music store in San Marcos, Texas and learn to play. He found a secluded corner of the house where he could learn open and barre chords and began to arrange his songs on acoustic guitar with chords, strum pattern, and melody. They were bare bones, but they were songs at last!

On the road to an album about the San Marcos River and Springs

The big break came Baker decided to at least record some demo tapes and see if the studio engineers could hook him up with some musicians who may be interested in just cutting some songs without doing any live music or forming a band. In November 2017 he recorded 15 demo songs with at Troubadour Studios in Lockhart, Texas with Steven Collins. He asked Steven about getting some musicians together to cut some songs, but when Steven looked into it, the cost was prohibitive. Then Steven came up with a great idea: he could use Logic Pro and record all of the tracks himself, building each song, first with drums and then with each instrument layered on.  Steven had the rare dual talents of being an expert musician with several instruments and an expert sound engineer with Logic Pro computer software.  With much patience and lots of tone correction, Steven Collins re-arranged these mildly interesting folk tunes into real songs with professional, contemporary sound that people could listen to.  The fact that you are able to listen to these songs is to the credit of the talent of Steven Collins at Troubadour Studies in Lockhart, Texas. If there are any other artists out there stuck in a similar position, you may wish to contact Steven at   

www.troubadourimage-sound.com . 



LATEST NEWS


November 2018
December 2018
Jan. to April 2019
November 2018

The Riverheads ARE RELEASING NEW ALBUM AT THE END OF 2018: Sacred Springs River Home

 

It's been a busy week for Sansar who's always on social media, spreading vibes and opinions to his fans. He's continued work on his next project which is apparently due for release by the end of 2017.

December 2018
Jan. to April 2019