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Hay Goes A Long Way At Bonnaroo -- Mikayla Lewis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Bonnaroo artists perform in front of thousands of fans each June, but many also play in an intimate setting in double-wide trailer, surrounded by hay bales.

Lij Shaw says, "You walk in and all of sudden you are in this beautifully lit, air conditioned recording studio in the middle of a hot farm field ."

 Elijah "Lij" Shaw is one of the founders of the Bonnaroo Hay Bale Sessions. A Manchester farmer with hay provided soundproofing for the temporary studio .

Shaw says, "There is a certain sound transmission class for a hay bale that does an excellent job of preventing sound from going through it..."

Shaw also owns The Toy Box Studio in East Nashville.

Greg Ornella,  an intern at The Toy Box says," It's nice because it's a smaller studio, and you get closer to the clients. "

The Toy Box clients and interns get to  work with Shaw and hishistoric MCI console. The custom built console recorded songs of the Bee Gees, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart to name a few.

Now the Hay Bale Sessions  crew and Shaw make history: recording 2 to 3 songs for  40 bands each in 4 days (about 100 songs total during Bonnaroo.)

Chad Evans at Vintage King Audio in Berry Hill,  provides the equipment.

Chad Evans says, " I think all the artists that come in to record are a little skeptical , but the results are certainly top notch."

The musicians are also top notch and vary in style from John Oates and the Alabama Shakes to Fun and The Beach Boys.

The Hay Bale crew mixes the Bonnaroo songs live. They then master and upload the songs directly to the radio. Shaw decided to take the method right back here to The Toy Box Studio and created the Stereo Sessions.   

Shaw says, "Musicians performing live and then we do a live mix of it."

Shaw says he looks forward to both sessions.

"We've grown so accustomed to the sound of computer made music these days,  that its so refreshing to hear these people just play their instruments and music, says Shaw.

Bonnaroo is June 12th-15th this year.

The Hay Bale Studio takes an entire day to set up. Shaw and the crew usually go down to Manchester a couple of days before the festival, to put the studio together.

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