(this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole)
Out where the skies are a trifle bluer/Out where the friendship’s a little truer, That’s where the West begins.”
~Excerpt from the poem and song, “Out Where The West Begins”
Canyon Kids—the creative collaboration of vocalist/guitarist Bo Elledge and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Dusty Nichols—released their sophomore album, “Best Loved Poems of the American People,” last Friday. The eleven-month project was tracked at Teton Artlab with the help of a grant from CSA Jackson Hole. Using only four microphones and a modest recording setup, Nichols engineered the recording. The range of local studio guests included John Wayne Harris Jr. (drums), Jake Green (drums), Adam Woolley (electric bass), Matt Herron (fiddle), Bobby Griffith (trumpet), Leif Routman (upright bass), Sheena Dinesh (bassoon), Madelaine German (keys), Wyatt Lowe (lap steel), and The String Lake Quartet.
The album’s concept involved interpreting American poems by composing music to complement the words. The hooky album single, “Out Where The West Begins,” is borrowed from a poem that was first published in 1917 by Arthur Chapman. On the track, Herron delicately weaves fiddle around Elledge’s husky croon, with a rollicking outro allowing Nichols to cut loose on