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The story behind this song begins here: in the wild Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas.
I shot this photograph during the monsoon season of 2018. It depicts a violent storm rolling in over the Sierra del Vidrios - darkening all that remains of the silver mining ghost town of Altuda, Texas, situated on Highway 90 between Alpine and Marathon.
The Sierra del Vidrios once existed entirely under the ocean as The Capitan Reef, a complex community of undersea microorganisms spanning hundreds of miles around the Permian Basin.
This photograph is a testament to the reality of catastrophic climate change as evidenced by the geologic record: it has happened before, and it can happen again.
So begins the saga of The Last Rattlesnake In All Of West Texas: a post-apocalyptic tale with a desolate vision in the Desert Of Tomorrow.
Produced by: Gabriel Sullivan
Drums: Gabriel Sullivan
Bass: Geoffrey Hidalgo
Steel: Joe Novelli
Trumpet: John Villa
Percussion: Gabriel Sullivan, Charlie Stout
Acoustic Guitar: Charlie Stout
Twang: Gabriel Sullivan
Gang Vocals: 806 Class Of 2019
(Grant Gilbert, Ross Cooper, Cleto Cordero, Randall King, Charlie Shafter, William Clark Green, Danny Cadra, Daniel Markham, Charlie Stout, Steven St. Clair, Brandon Adams, Wade Parks)
806 recorded at Melody Mountain Ranch in Stephenville, Texas
Song recorded and mixed at Dust & Stone in Tucson, Arizona
Mastered by Nick Landis at Terra Nova Digital Audio in Austin, Texas