Korby Lenker (from the album Thousand Springs)
To record Thousand Springs, Korby Lenker headed to Idaho. The album is number seven in Korby’s studio output, though the songs on Thousand Springswere recorded in a non-studio environment, setting up in locations such as his father’s mortuary as well as a cabin north of Sun Valley, Idaho and removing walls entirely, making music for the album on the edge of Snake River Canyon. Korby Lenker staged the songs using the backdrop of the album creation as part of the storylines for Thousand Springs. Personal history describes what took him to the Gem State, Korby sharing that ‘I grew up in Idaho. My first band, Clockwork Orange, practiced in a basement in Twin Falls. I learned how to play guitar by listening to records and learning the licks, one note at a time. The way I play and think about music now has a lot to do with growing up there, feeling isolated from the outside world. There weren’t a lot of people around me making music. I had to go out and find it’.
Sun on the water makes a song from the image of “Mermaids” in Korby Lenker’s mind while visions of “Last Man Standing” recall the battle for land in the American West, scratchy chords back recollections of a party that introduced a younger self to his older image in “Father to the Man” and tenderly picked guitar notes rise up to display “Northern Lights”. The feel of Thousand Springs mirrors the magic of the journey Korby Lenker took to the songs. He packed recording gear and a high-end battery to capture the heart of each song on his trip to Idaho. Once the core was set, Korby traveled around the United State to finish the tracks with friends in backyards and hotel rooms covering seven states. Thousand Springs puts a heartbeat under “Nothing Really Matters” as the tune plugs into its own inner essence, continuing its search for emotion as it attempts to express feelings in “Wherever You Are” and exposing the many paths traveled to find affection with “Love is the Only Song”. Korby Lenker bares his soul in the songs of Thousand Springs as he turns the pages to reveal a “Book Nerd”, seeks companionship gazing through a windshield on “Friend and a Friend”, and waves goodbye to his heart in “Uh Oh”.
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