Love is the Outlaw

by LaVeta High School Recording Class

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"Here's myy recollection of this record...
1982-83 was the school year. I was a freshman. LVHS had received a grant of some sort to purchase some recording equipment. It was a Fostex 4-track reel to reel machine with a little 4 channel mixing console, a few mics, etc. That year there was actually a class in the curriculum called "Recording Class" I don't remember everyone who was in the class, but the few I do remember: Myself, my sister Carrie Husted (Smith), Jim Valdez, Krissy Welch, Noble Wineagar, Joe Sanchez, and of course Allen Wolfe ("well sure, I got a dip") I'm drawing a blank on others. I can't remember if Kevin Turman was actually in the class, or if he just participated a lot! Anyway, the goal of the class was to do a complete album project - from writing the songs to pressing the vinyl. Indeed, the line "I can't think without a chew" came from Noble, as we sat down the first week as a group to start writing, he was like - "Wait, wait - I can't think without a chew first" and the song was born.

We spend the year writing then recording the songs. I played a lot of the guitars and some bass, Jimmy played all the drums, but Charlie would sneak into this "student project" and play some too, haha. But he mostly wanted to be known by his alias "Cliff Dwellings". When we were all done, we drove to Cheyenne, WY, which at the time had a small vinyl pressing plant. We all went and watched the process. It was really cool. I can definitely say the experience launched me into my love of recording, which I still do today. I'm not sure how much the equipment got used after I was out of school, but me and my two cousins - Pat Turman and Kevin Turman used the gear to record a lot of our original songs, of which I still have a copy of as well.

The original pressing just had a blank white back (because we couldn't afford to put the credits on it), but in an incredible bit of foresight by me (haha), I wrote in all the credits a couple of years later on my copy."

- Chris Smith


released June 1, 1983

Produced by Charles Blackwood for Redskin Records
Recorded September 1982 - June 1983 at LVHS Band Room, LaVeta, CO
Except - "Doin' the Best I Can", "Stealin' My Heart Away" and "Eight Seconds to Ride", recorded at George's Trailer, Cuchara, CO
Engineered by Charles Blackwood, Chris Smith, Carrie Smith, Krissy Welch, Jimmy Valdez, Joe Sanchez, Allen Wolfe.
Special thanks to Dan McCrimmon, Kellie Blackwood and Cliff Dwellings



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