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Canyon Kids & Goldcone collaborate on “Wolf”

Posted on Feb 13, 2017

Check out the pop-folk moodiness of “Wolf,” the first song collaboration between our good buds Canyon Kids (Bo Elledge & Dusty Nichols) and Goldcone (Joe Rudd). That’s fellow Hoback Nation resident Rudd on keys, sax and production, with Mr. Sam Lowenthal of Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons on bass. Written by Elledge. Art via Cole Adams Buckhart. Stream the track below.

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Concert Review: Jackie Greene + Anders Osborne + Hayes Carll

Posted on Jan 17, 2017

Greene_Osborne_Carll_byAaronDavis5It takes a fair amount of gumption to perform outside of the so-called comfort zone musicians build within their main performance outlets. Jackie Green, Anders Osborne, and Hayes Carll ditched their bands and grabbed acoustic guitars for a sit down evening of old fashioned tune trading at the Center Theater on Sunday.

For Greene and Osborne—two new friends that are gifted as both singer-songwriters and guitarists—impromptu “jamming” is second nature and I’ve witnessed each thrive on that ball of energy as much as writing a powerful song. They’ve each shared experiences with Phil Lesh & Friends in recent years and each play in loud, improvisational rock bands. It was great to see a number of those rock tunes stripped down to the raw core from these two.

Hayes Carll sounded like the refined writer he is, a painter with words as his raw material. After Carll made light of the juxtaposition between him and the other two, the joke recycled throughout

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Veteran DJ Mark Farina at Garter, Cure for the Common + horns, Screen Door Porch + Head for the Hills, Nicki Bluhm joins Lucas Nelson

Posted on Dec 28, 2016

(a majority of this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole)

Mark Farina: creator of Mushroom Jazz

Mark Farina: creator of Mushroom Jazz

There’s acid jazz, cool jazz, big band jazz and then there’s mushroom jazz—a psychedelic-minded electronic music subgenre mixing jazz, house and hip-hop nearly singlehandedly designed by DJ and producer Mark Farina in the early 90s. The term was coined from his twenty-five year, eight-volume Mushroom Jazz series of albums. Originally released on cassette in 1992 with a modest fifty copies, the latest compilation dropped this year to a worldwide audience.

It has turned the heads of old fogies, indie-leaning hipsters, hippies and jazz purists while penetrating a club scene shaped by aggressive drums n’ bass and uptempo house music. All the while, Farina has existed in two types of rooms—mushroom jazz and a jazzy Chicago-meets-San Fran house style that caters to the uptempo revelers, Farina will drop his

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Wood Brothers & Ben Sollee, Search & Rescue Benefit, Center Theatre lineup

Posted on Dec 7, 2016

(this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole)

The Wood Brothers (photo: Alysse Gafkjen)

The Wood Brothers (photo: Alysse Gafkjen)

“I think we have a nice balance now in our show now of broken-down, stripped-down acoustic, more intimate subtle music leading up to the more rockin’ stuff,” explained Oliver Wood, vocalist/guitarist for The Wood Brothers. “We’re learning to balance what has characterized our records and live shows. Our drummer Jano is an amazing keyboard player and really sounds like two guys when he’s playing keys and drums at the same time. And, of course, my brother Chris is a bass virtuoso, so we can make quite a big sound when we want to, but it also feels good to strip it down to almost nothing.”

Oliver’s comments are right on the pulse of how The Wood Brothers—featuring blood brothers Chris (upright bass/vocals) and Oliver along with adopted musical bro Jano Rix—have evolved since forming around 2005 as a stripped-down duo. In addition to drum kit and keys, Rix also plays a homemade “shuitar”—a cheap acoustic guitar converted into a percussion instrument. Over the course of more than a decade, the trio has gradually grown a fanbase that is drawn to their deceptive spareness. Their collective sound is fluid, raw at times, and nearly always reflecting a roots-inspired smorgasbord of blues, folk and especially of late, rock and roll. The Nashville-based band’s latest studio album, Paradise, was recorded at Black Keys guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach’s studio and brings a more

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Three Hearted Recording Studio in Hoback

Posted on Nov 27, 2016

View from Three Hearted Studio

View from Three Hearted Studio

It’s long been a dream of mine to have a dedicated recording space. With our recent move to a 6-acre property in Hoback just south of Jackson Hole, I’m proud to introduce Three Hearted Studio. The last two months have been a whirlwind of upgrades to the space as well as recording hardware. I want to offer an affordable recording service for local and regional musicians to record demos, full-length albums, voice-overs, and podcasts in a countryside cabin setting.

threeheartedstudioMy experiences recording eight studio albums of my own have all been different in scope, though none more impressionable than Screen Door Porch’s studio sessions in Austin and I want to cultivate that vibe here in the Tetons. Three Hearted Studio is a cozy and supportive space for artists to thrive in their performances. Whether you are a full band making an album or a solo act looking to add textures to your songs utilizing the super network of local players, it’s a Three Hearted process — my heart, your heart, and the third heart of enigmatic truth that only music can unmask.

scoutcabinwinterThe studio is also located between three legendary rivers (the Snake, the Hoback, and the Greys), the vortex of three mountain ranges (Wyoming Range, Gros Ventre River Range, Tetons), and nestled in Bridger-Teton National Forest where the nearest road to the southeast is 70 miles. Take a hike or nordic ski in between sessions!

– Engineering (multi-track recording, live recording, mixing)
– Producing
– Studio musician resource/mediary
– Songwriting/arranging

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Into the lesson well: Teton Co. Music Lessons & Teachers

Posted on Nov 27, 2016


There’s no better time than Now to take up a new instrument or seek additional instruction on your current instrument. Advances in brain studies point out that active engagement with music influences other development, especially with children and young adults. Whether you’ve been awakened by an inspirational piece of music, looking for a challenge, or aiming to maximize self-expression, there are local resources to take advantage of. The fringe benefit of having a strong local musician community is the resource well of music teachers, many of which are also performers. Here are resources for finding a local music instructor. If you’re a teacher and would like to be added or removed from this list, please contact

Instruction on multiple instruments

Jackson Hole Music Store; 307-201-1700, Owner/teacher David Rice has a degree in classical guitar and twenty years of teaching experience. Offering lessons for guitar, drums, bass, and band lessons. Bo Elledge also teaches out of the store, helping clients learn songs and basic chords.

David Bundy; 208-201-3598, Teaches drum set, bass guitar and guitar Monday through Thursday at his home studio in Driggs, Idaho.

Jack Tolan; Private and small group lessons on guitar, bass, mandolin, and ukulele. All ages.

Susan Jones; Piano, guitar and ukulele lessons in Wilson and at

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Motherload Halloween soundtrack

Posted on Oct 27, 2016

(this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole)

Dean Ween Group at the Pink Garter Saturday

Dean Ween Group & The Meat Puppets at the Pink Garter Saturday

…Also Ben Folds, Moon Hooch, Teton Serenade, Sneaky Pete, Chanman Roots Band, Wyatt Lowe and beyond

The mass of music offerings for this Halloween weekend is unprecedented. This is off-season?!

The Deaner, Dean Ween, Michael “Mickey” Melchiondo, Jr.—he’s all the same beast of a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and yes, a fishing guide. I first heard his international cult band Ween in 1992 on a mix tape, the same tape that introduced me to Phish. In 1984, Deaner co-founded Ween as a middle school student with Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) in New Hope, Pennsylvania. This weekend, he’ll bring his Dean Ween Group, which includes the touring members of Ween except Gene. The super double-bill pairs them with The Meat Puppets courtesy of KHOL, Jackson’s community radio station.

Seeing Ween three times in the late ‘90s was as mind warping as listening to The Pod (1991) or Pure Guava (1992), two of their nine strikingly non-mainstream studio albums that are like nothing I’ve heard before or since. Deaner’s fresh release Oct. 21, The Deaner Album, brings his love of classic guitar rock to fourteen tunes including four instrumentals, and sound waves that echo cracked country and the quirky mix of soul, funk, metal and punk that has defined his career.

“After Ween [took a four-year hiatus in 2012], I put my guitar down for almost a year,” Deaner says in a press release (he hasn’t given a proper interview in years according to his publicist). “I’ll never do that again. I’m so into practicing and writing and being good at my craft right now. I’m back in playoff shape. I write and play and record all day, every day, and I’m going to keep it there for the rest of my life.”

At times, The Deaner Album plays out, like a Ween discography bookend with splashes of digital backing drum tracks, the same way Ween performed as a duo for over a decade. And, of course, there’s some ridiculously hilarious subject matter (“Exercise Man,” “Bundle of Joy”) and other surprises like “SchwartzePete”—a tight instrumental and loving tribute to Les Paul, originally written long ago for a TV pilot with Deaner playing all of the instruments. Moreover, it’s a trippy set of accessible guitar-inspired anthems. The biggest change for Deaner was moving into his own studio, converted from an old

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