Eagle County musician’s song broadcast in space
VAIL CO, Colorado
About five years ago in Joel Racheff’s basement in East Nashville local musician Brendan Mc Kinney and Racheff began writing a song together called “Get Yourself Paroled.”
“We pretty much knew we were on to something right away with that one,” Mc Kinney said. “We got about three quarters of the way through it and then went out drinking. The next day we were a little hung over at the publishing house but it was still sounding good so we added another verse and tightened up the chorus.”
In October of 2010, Mc Kinney released his first solo CD on Adroit Records with his band The 99 Brown Dogs, which included the track “Get Yourself Paroled” and just a few weeks ago the song made history and was broadcast live from the International Space Station to Austin, Texas during the South By Southwest music festival.
“We had a great time writing that song,” Racheff said, “but outer space? … we could of never predicted it would end up there.”
Astronaut Cady Coleman played a flute that was a gift to her from Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull while a live uplink of her band playing “Get Yourself Paroled” was received from earth and simultaneously broadcasted by DART International Music House to a live SXSW audience in Austin on March 15.
“I understand that’s the first time in history that’s ever been done,” Mc Kinney said. “I’m very honored to have our song be a part of it … let alone have my name uttered in outer space.”
Mc Kinney and Racheff met in Vail years ago and performed occassionally together as a duo called the Finaglers. Racheff still performs in this area ocassionally but now lives with his wife, Patti and two sons, Ringo and Cody in Durango and tours with his band the Bar-D Wranglers. Mc Kinney still resides and performs regularly in the Vail Valley. You can see the video on YouTube.