Please describe each of your music education backgrounds?
Both Laurel and I were fortunate enough to go to music school at the University of Michigan. Laurel majored in Performing Arts Technology (which included recording experience) and I (Michael) majored in Musicology, which is the study of music as an academic subject. I often describe my educational journey as becoming an Anthropologist who's only interested in music.
Both Laurel and I played a ton of music when we were kids and both were exposed to lots of different music for our whole lives. Both of us feel our families were bigger influences on us in our musical explorations than our college experience. College was just something we did with our exploration, just as Red Tail Ring is in so many ways.