The Campfire Sound

Honoring Our Ancestors & Influences

Artists/albums that inspired and influenced the campfire chants sound. Many of these were reference albums as we mixed the album – we’d listen to these artists, then our mixes, and hear where we needed to do more work.

  • John Lee Hooker (early acoustic recordings – these rhythms anchor several of our songs, notably Welcome Flame)
  • Kimya Dawson (clarity and purpose)

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  • Nirvana (Unplugged – garage music with passion)
  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken (by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – features Maybelle Carter, Flatt & Scruggs, Doc Watson, and many other old-time artists)
  • The Roots (Things Fall Apart – relaxed, cooperative artistry)
  • Woodstock (the original 3-record album – you are there)
  • The Weavers (did they invent campfire singalongs?)
  • Muddy Waters (early acoustic recordings – classic roots)
  • Indigo Girls (self-titled first album – drive and purpose)
  • Buena Vista Social Club (presence & clarity)
  • Kate Wolf (acoustic purity)
  • Libertines/Babyshambles (Up the Bracket/Albion – ragtag beauty)
  • Ingrid Michaelson (Be OK – natural singing voice)
  • Hot Tuna (1969 acoustic album – live and lo-fi in a Berkeley café)

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  • Peter Paul & Mary (Around the Campfire – ‘nuff said)
  • Public Enemy (Fear of a Black Planet – cooperative vocals with drive and message)
  • Doc Watson (a fountain of arrangements and harmonies)
  • Parliament (Mothership Connection – gentle rhythms)
  • Michelle Shocked (Campfire Tapes – showed the possibilities)
  • Gillian Welch (Revival – clarity, beauty, and Maybelle-influenced guitar)
  • Rolling Stones (Exile on Main Street – lo-fi blues taped in the basement of their French chateau – almost like us!)
  • Wailin’ Jennys (Live at the Opera House – singing with one voice)
  • Bob Dylan & The Band (Basement Tapes – loose, good-humored recordings)
  • Grateful Dead (American Beauty – our San Francisco roots)

And of course our previous Reclaiming albums – especially these songs:

  • Barge of Heaven from Second Chants
  • Ocean Is the Beginning from Chants: Ritual Music
  • No End to the Circle from Let It Begin Now
  • Who Is the Goddess (by Moonrise) from Witches Brew

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