MENTION IN THE DENVER WESTWORD: Todd Snider at Bluebird Theater, 10/19/13
The opening act was Pueblo's The Haunted Windchimes. The five piece seemed to be sharing one broad angle condenser mic to capture and project the music it made. From the fantastic harmonies between all the singers to the acoustic instruments, the mic did a good job translating truly organic music to a bigger room.
Beyond that, this band had obviously already worked out its dynamics and volumes so its music could translate to any environment. The outfit was very much styled after the "old-timey" music one heard in pre-'60s-era folk and blues, but it was handled with a bit of energy and richness.
MARQUEE MAGAZINE: Desirae Garcia, The Haunted Windchimes & UkeFest 2013
Her band may be approaching their upcoming set at Swallow Hill’s 6th annual Denver Ukefest as a normal ‘power set,’ but for The Haunted Windchimes’ ukulele player Desirae Garcia, the pressure is on, as her group’s ambassador of the ukulele.
“Yeah, I definitely feel a little bit of pressure. I’m not exactly a traditional ukulele player. I don’t really know anything about the ukulele. Like, I call it a ukulele [yoo-ka-lay-lee], which is a perfect example. They all call it a ukulele [ook-koo-le-le],” Garcia laughed, during a recent phone interview with The Marquee.
THE WINDCHIMES WIN AN INDY AWARD FOR THE 3RD YEAR IN A ROW: Best in Folk
'It all blurs together after a while," says Inaiah Lujan, trying to remember whether the Haunted Windchimes' appearance on A Prairie Home Companion was last year or the year before.
For the record, it was in October 2011. The group has since released its sixth album and played around town in an ever-changing array of side projects. Perhaps most importantly, the group has also toured almost constantly, and that's allowed them, or required them, actually, to give up their day jobs.
SHE KNOWS: Wild Child and 5 other folk bands to listen to right now
Mumford and Sons has done more for music than reintroduce us to the bass-drum driven, banjo strummin', 'hey, ho!' chantin' music that we just can't help but clap to. They've seemingly inspired many others to create folk bands of their own. Here are six you must listen to.
THE METROPOLITAN: The Haunted Windchimes breeze on through
The Clyfford Still Museum summer concert series hosted musical group The Haunted Windchimes on the evening of July 5.
Pueblo band The Haunted Windchimes gently blend harmonies of folk and Americana with some vintage twang. This five-person band comprised of Desirae Garcia playing ukulele, Inaiah Lujan on guitar and banjo, Chela Lujan on the banjo, Sean Fanning on stand up bass and Mike Clark playing harmonica, guitar, violin, mandolin and concertina.
Colorado songwriter Mike Clark writes songs that sound sweeter than sour. They give off the feeling that his love is healthy, but it's still so damned hungry. It's blazing and demanding. He gives off that pacing the floor, screaming at the skies neediness vibe that the greatest of the old school soul and blues singers gave off, as if there was nothing else than some soft touch to be had.
TRAVELING TED: Haunted Windchimes prove Stagecoach is about the music
"I could not believe my luck. It was 1:30 p.m. on opening day of the festival. I was just trying to kill some time and drink a beer before the familiar acts came along. It turned out the hour was not killed, but preserved in my memory forever. Thank you Haunted Windchimes for providing a great performance right from the start at Stagecoach that will linger positively in my personal music festival lore."
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"After listening to several of their songs I have to say that I felt like I was back in North Carolina sitting on my back porch having a pig roast hootenanny and listening to some good old fashioned knee slapping, bluesy bluegrass, Americana folk, country music. These are some very talented musicians that all blend their vocals together perfectly."
THE HAUNTED WINDCHIMES' DESIRAE GARCIA to release solo EP.
CSINDY ARTICLE: "DESI GOES RETRO."
From the winged cassette that serves as its logo to the old-school influences embraced by its artists, Blank Tape Records has never been shy about its retro inclinations. So it's fitting that, for her solo debut, Haunted Windchimes co-founder Desirae Garcia opted to go with a seven-inch vinyl release."
Fascinated by the name of the group but leery of what they might actually be generating, yet curious on hearing that they had performed on Prairie Home Companion, I was instantly converted to a delighted and ardent listener, and have since taken every opportunity to share this CD with anyone who will listen.
The five troubadours that make up Americana band The Haunted Windchimes know how to bring the rain. They recently played a show at the Beulah Songbird Cafe just outside their home base of Pueblo, Colorado. Wildfires and drought had decimated the region for some time, but at the climax of their raucous “Bound to Break,” thunder struck and the rain came...
"The talent that each individual harnesses forms a patchwork that, if one was absent, the entire framework would collapse. This connection and love they share for one another is felt from the concert venue to the studio, and each record pangs the heart with its beauty."
At a recent house concert in Louisville, Colorado, The Haunted Windchimes spun out three delicious hours of acoustic yarn from Out With the Crow and their earlier works. Earth-shaking originals such as Mike Clark’s “Bound to Break” and the delicate “Little Box” poured from the band as easily as their elysian rendition of Lead Belly’s “Take This Hammer”. Without pretense or affectation, they had the crowd smiling and swaying from opening chord to final bow.
The Haunted Windchimes team up with the Summer Festival Orchestra for a concert at Colorado College
With well over 1000 people in attendance, The Haunted Windchimes teamed up with Conductor Scott Yoo and the Festival Summer Orchestra for an unforgettable performance at Colorado College. Watch a clip from the evening's festivities below, courtesy of Loring Wirbel.
The Haunted Windchimes performed in the OpenAir studio prior to releasing the new album, "Out With The Crow". The band creates Americana music with a vintage quality that takes you back to times when railroads ruled over roads. But listen to their music or see the band perform live, and you'll find that the soundscape stretches far beyond the horizon.
Even with all of these talented singers and songwriters sharing the mic, the tunes produced always sound like one band coming together. The group has perfected the art of the truly collaborative album, and that’s something that should be applauded, because it sounds great.
Steal this track: The Haunted Windchimes "Harvest"
Let’s start the week off right with some new Colorado-made music. Today, you can steal Americana folk from The Haunted Windchimes, a band that " has risen from its humble chamber-pop roots to one of the region’s premier purveyors of musicologist-approved Americana ."
The Haunted Windchimes stopped by KRCC today promoting their newest release Out with the Crow. They played a few songs and chatted with Jeanette.
March 16, 2012
Out With The Crow is ready to fly
(From FAC Website)
April 6, 2012: Rocky Mountain favorites, The Haunted Windchimes, will take the stage for a very special release party of their new CD, Out with the Crow. The Windchimes, who opened for Arlo Guthrie at the FAC’s Labor Day on the Lawn concert in 2010, will play their new CD in its entirety as well as other crowd favorites. The new album is self-produced, recorded and released on their own home-grown label, Blank Tape Records.
"...the strongest and most diverse Haunted Windchimes album yet - one where you remember the performances of each member, not merely the songs. Each 'Chime was given the room to explore their craft and all five have moments and songs where you feel them breaking through."
National radio appearance boosts Haunted Windchimes
The Haunted Windchimes have snagged plenty of kudos from critics and audiences during their relatively short existence. Thanks to the radio show "A Prairie Home Companion," they're gathering plenty more...
Although I'm not a huge fan of Garrison Keillor's homespun soliloquies on powdermilk biscuits and small-town Lutherans, I'm finally willing to concede that 4 million A Prairie Home Companion fans can't be wrong...