Most musicians record their songs in a studio.
Korby Lenker wanted to do something more personal for his seventh album, "Thousand Springs."
So he made some money with a Kickstarter campaign, bought recording gear, grabbed his guitar, and hit the road.
"I drove out to Idaho, where I grew up and just recorded songs in different places that were important to me as a kid," he said.
Lenker, who describes his style of music as "quirky folk-pop," will perform songs from his new album Saturday night at Concert Under the Oaks at Harris Bridge Vineyard in Philomath. He will be joined by Rebecca Loebe, an indie rock and Americana singer-songwriter.
Lenker, a native of Twin Falls, visited more than a dozen nostalgic locations to record the songs he wrote. His stops included Snake River Canyon, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, a cabin north of Sun Valley, Idaho, and his undertaker father's mortuary.
Recording the album this way allowed Lenker to tell his own story, he said.
"The kind of songs I like are personal songs, not just good melodies and hooks. I like that stuff too, but there's something deeper about a personally written song," he said.
Lenker was on tour most of the last year while he worked on the album, so he said other parts of it were recorded in hotel rooms and at friends' houses and backyards in eight or nine different cities.
His desire to make everything about the album feel "personal" also shaped his decisions about which musicians to invite to join the sessions.
"The artists I picked to play on it are personal friends of mine. I've known them for years, in most cases, and we've hung out late nights in song circles, toured together and seen each other play," Lenker said.
Nearly 30 folk artists made vocal and instrumental contributions to his album. Some of the artists involved were Portland's Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin, Nora Jane Struthers, Anthony Da Costa, Chris "Critter" Eldridge, the Punch Brothers, and Amy Speace.
Lenker's vision to record "Thousand Springs" in his home state came from his experience with a different creative outlet. In 2015, he published a collection of short stories he'd written called "Medium Hero," with Turner Publishing Co.
"I felt after the book got published that I could do this at a serious level and make the music an extension of that," Lenker said.
The short stories are about his life as a touring musician and songwriter with a twist of fiction. Most of the events featured in the book have happened to Lenker, but he noted: "I never let the truth ruin a good story."
"I've been touring for so long that I have a weird life. It hasn't been hard to draw from actual experience," Lenker added.
After he wraps up his current tour in September, Lenker, who is also a working actor in Nashville, said he will pitch "Medium Hero" to TV networks as a comedy-drama series for him to star in.
"Thousand Springs," which was released last Friday, has a few songs that have resonated with crowds so far on tour, notably "Northern Lights" and "Friend and a Friend."
"There's another called 'Late Bloomers' that is about what it sounds like. The experience of just being kind of slow to blossom. I'm kind of one of those people, I feel like," Lenker said.
Audience members can expect an engaging performance from him at Concert Under the Oaks, he said.
"I tell a lot of stories and mix it up. They should expect a show, all caps," Lenker said, with a laugh.