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The Hay Bale Studio backstage at Bonnaroo 2015 – TBS EP22


The Hay Bale Studio 2015

The crew of The Hay Bale Studio backstage at Bonnaroo 2015

Welcome to The Toy Box Studio Show! Roo_HayBale-0520

Lij Shaw takes you inside the Hay Bale Studio backstage at the Bonnaroo festival for 2015. Lij gives you a walkthrough of the studio, and series of honest interviews with the staff and friends. This episode is like Bonnaroo… raw, fun, awesome, and also explicit. So put on some headphones if you’ve got kids around 🙂

Each year The Toy Box Studio packs up for the road to Bonnaroo. We build a recording studio on site behind the main stage and wrap it in a hundred bales of hay for soundproofing. We team up with an amazing staff to invite incredible artists playing Bonnaroo to record in our Hay Bale Studio. The recordings then get shared with all the radio stations at Bonnaroo.

In one recording session each artist is able to hit 40 radio markets around the country at once and be viewed by the gazillions (well a lot anyway). We have recorded hundreds of bands and over a thousand songs since we began in 2005. And now we invite you to be right there in the studio with us recording with these amazing artists!

So sit back and enjoy the only Bonnaroo experience more intimate than sharing a tent!

Thanks to all our guests on the show!  Roo_HayBale-0576407988

Cara and Adia

Michael Hardesty (24HR records)

Joe Hutchinson (Garage Mastering)

Stephen Turney (24HR records)

Seiji Inouye

Tyler Schaefer

Nick Lobel

Alena Moran

Roo_HayBale-0444David Gehrke


Thanks also to our awesome interns getting us ready at The Toy Box Studio!

Matt Friend

Benjamin Benekos


And a deep thanks to our Studio Support Squad, the great companies that help provide equipment and support for The Toy Box Studio and The Hay Bale Studio. With your help we have brought hundreds of great bands to their fans!

Miktek AudioLewitt AudioDaddarioGibsonKRK SystemsEvansPlanet WavesKurzweilArtist RelationsQuilter LabsBest Drum Rental

And here is a list of the amazing bands we got to record this year at The Hay Bale Studio 2015:

Jungle Houndmouth Courtney Barnett Moon Taxi Rubblebucket Fruition Strand of Oaks BenFolds The Districts Elle King Guster SOJA Bear’s Den Sylvan Esso UnknownMortalOrchestra Catfish and the Bottlemen X Ambassadors Bahamas Dawes Rhiannon Giddens Songhoy Blues Corey Feldman & The Angels Shakey Graves Gary Clark Jr The War On Drugs Spoon

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear The Very Best Punch Brothers Trampled by Turtles

bree – Happier Place – The Sound Of East Nashville – TBS EP21


bree rocking out!

bree rocking out!


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My guest today is bree, an East Nashville rock-n-roller, a chick with a dirty guitar. Bree writes songs from the heart about her real life coming of age stories. Everything from love to shoplifting to getting kicked out of a family cult gets the troubadour treatment as she bounces across the USA from California to East Nashville.

Finally bree lands right here in our backyard with an awesome guitar while surfing on top of an upright bass looking out over the crowd and the future of rock and roll.

I hope you enjoy the show!

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Happy Spring! This will make your day.

Springtime is here, and it’s time for sunshine, bikes, and lemonade stands!
I give you a song that I wrote with my daughter Sarayah. Her sister, Cara, sings with me too. I produced and played all the instruments at The Toy Box Studio and had a blast doing it.

May it lift your spirits high on the first beautiful days of spring!
Lij and The Toy Box Studio