Recorded In A Colorado Prison, ‘Territorial’ Album Is A Melting Pot Of Musical Influences

August 12, 2021
Gilbert “Lefty” Pacheco and Phillip “Archi” Archuleta contributed vocals and percussion on 'TLAXIHUIQUI,' recorded inside Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility. Gilbert “Lefty” Pacheco and Phillip “Archi” Archuleta contributed vocals and percussion on 'TLAXIHUIQUI,' recorded inside Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility. Courtesy of Fury Young
Gilbert “Lefty” Pacheco and Phillip “Archi” Archuleta contributed vocals and percussion on 'TLAXIHUIQUI,' recorded inside Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility.

One of Colorado's oldest prisons hosted the recording sessions for an album out today. "TLAXIHUIQUI" is a collection of songs recorded by Territorial — a band of seven musicians incarcerated at the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Cañon City.

Die Jim Crow Records put out the album. It's a music label for formerly and currently incarcerated musicians founded by activist Fury Young, who produced "TLAXIHUIQUI." The record showcases a variety of styles — including folk, blues, gospel, Nahuatl chant and hip-hop.

Fury Young spoke with Colorado Matters host Avery Lill about the logistics of recording music in a prison, the redemptive themes behind 'TLAXIHUIQUI' songs like "Holy Rain" and more.

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