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Unprecedented: An Evening with Luther Dickinson, Rich Robinson, Ivan Neville, and Robert Randolph

Posted on Jan 13, 2016

(this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole)

Luther Dickinson

Luther Dickinson

It’s audacious to call this Friday’s concert—billed as An Evening with Luther Dickinson, Rich Robinson, Ivan Neville, and Robert Randolph—as one of the best bills of the year. It’s only mid-January, and there are eleven and a half months left to go. Take into consideration, though, the Dickinson-led North Mississippi Osborne set at the recent Fireman’s Ball, Randolph’s crushing set at Jackson Hole Live, or better yet, the fact that this is a rare one-off collaboration of high-caliber musicians that have never shared the same stage as a unit. Don’t assume the typical concert experience, either. Much of the magic will be made on the spot, with reciprocating vibes determining the next variation.

Ivan Neville

Ivan Neville

“Shannon [McCormick, Programming Director at Center for the Arts] saw Southern Soul Assembly—which is JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, Anders Osborne and myself—which actually inspired this show we’re doing in Jackson Hole,” explained Dickinson. “So Shannon and I got to talking and he was like ‘Man, let’s do something like that,’ so we kept poking around to get the right lineup. I’ve played with all of the cats on this bill in different incarnations, but never

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Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine Party #11: Blackalicious + Phutureprimitive

Posted on Jan 13, 2016

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“NO SNOWBOARDS ALLOWED!” The more those words become a faint recollection in the history of snow sports, the less obvious it is that snowboarding is still a progressive subculture, an underground microcosm of radical and a proud community that has risen with an international as well as local voice that is heard around the world. Like the steadfast anticipation of Christmas Day 50 years ago in Muskegon, Michigan, when Sherman Poppen invented the predecessor of the snowboard — the snurfer — obsessed riders await the far-reaching podium that is Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine, edition No. 11.

After 10 sold-out magazine release parties marked by epic performances from Yelawolf, Zion I, last year’s Talib Kweli with Immortal Technique, even a Justin Timberlake impromptu beat-boxing show with Brother Ali in 2013, it’s apparent that every year is an attempt to

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Record year for regional album releases

Posted on Jan 7, 2016

(this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole) 

WoodSmokeRising_coverNow that the dust has settled into the New Year, let’s take a snapshot of local album releases over the last twelve months. It’s worth noting that nine albums, predominantly featuring original music, is quite a progression for Jackson, for our local music community. Half of these bands released debut albums, which is a good sign for what’s to come. It was also reported via Wyoming Public Radio that 2015 was a record year for Wyoming-based album releases.

CanyonKids_coverHere’s a breakdown predominantly Jackson-based regional independent releases, most of which are available via iTunes and streaming services, though I recommend visiting each band’s website to see if they sell directly from the source (which puts more money in the artist’s pocket).

Written, arranged and recorded in “various houses and apartments,” this ten-track debut album of original material is split between instrumental dashes and lyrical experiences via a gruff-voiced Mike Swanson. Standout track: “Tony’s Blues.”

Canyon Kids Best Loved Poems of the American People.” Genre: indie folk, rock, Wyomericana. This eleven-month sophomore project was tracked at Teton Artlab with the help of a grant from CSA Jackson Hole. Utilizing only four microphones, a modest recording setup, and many characters from the Jackson music scene, the album concept involved interpreting American poems by composing music to complement the words. Standout track: “Out Where The West Begins.”WyattLowe_cover

Wyatt Lowe “Songs from a Bottomless Well.” Genre: rockabilly, blues. Eighteen-year-old Lowe wrote seven of the eleven tracks on this debut, with classic rockabilly (“Hot Rod Lincoln”) to straight-up Stratocaster-wailing, and Jimmy Vaughn-esque blues (“Howlin’”). Choice dark threads, wayfarer shades, and slicked back hair, Lowe is a singer-songwriter that has the look of a twenty-something Johnny Cash, and the goods of a seasoned bandleader. Standout track: “Meet You in Heaven.”

One Ton Pig “Lastville.” Genre: jamgrass, folk, Americana. Voted #3 on Wyoming Public Radio’s Best Wyoming/Regional Releases of 2015, this is the band’s fourth release and second studio album. A mostly high-tempo set, this is the first album as a sextet with fiddler Matt Herron, and the instrumental play is their best yet. Standout track: “Two to Get on Stage.”OneTonPig_cover

MichaelBatforf_coverMichael G. Batdorf “Beyond the Mask.” Genre: singer-songwriter, folk-rock, bluegrass. Primary songwriter for One Ton Pig, Batdorf’s solo releases sometimes get overshadowed by the latter, yet stand their ground with minimal instrumentation that puts a greater emphasis on the lyrics, the story. This, his seventh release, is another interesting chapter in his personal book of songs that continues to raise the bar, set by Batdorf himself. Standout track: “Personal Skies.”

chanman_albumartPeter Chandler “Chanman Solo.” Genre: reggae, ski bum music, jazz. Songs of love, justice and mountain town living define Chandler’s easy-going bliss. His previous couples of solo albums—”Perfect Thirst” and “Gotta Take Some Turns”—were released under the Chanman moniker and had multiple guests. With the use of his given name also comes a songwriter and singer that has come into his own, a pioneer of the ski bum music genre, blending reggae and jazz with no frills here—just a guitar, harmonica and voice. Standout track: “That’s a Lot of Girls.”

MikeDowling_coverMike Dowling “Tracks.” Genre: old blues, swing. A Grammy-winning guitarist, Dowling is a diamond in the rugged ruralness of Dubois. Rootsy, soulful vocals mixed with instrumentals, here’s eleven tracks of beautifully played solo tunes on resonator guitars. Standout track: “Tennessee Blues.”

JasonTylerBurton_coverJason Tyler Burton “The Ballad of Sally Moore” EP. Genre: folk. A Kentucky-born Pinedale resident, Burton is a multi-instrumentalist nomad with a quietly compelling vocal delivery. Released last month, this three-song set that all tell the same tale, but from different points of view. This is a follow up to 2014’s “Headwaters,” which appeared on a handful of best-of lists. Standout track: “Part 2 – All the Whiskey in the World.”

ModernSettler_Cover300_ADScreen Door Porch “Modern Settler.” Genre: country-blues, roots-rock, Wyomericana. Voted #1 on Wyoming Public Radio’s Best Wyoming/Regional Releases of 2015. Note: Yours Truly is in this band, so here’s what Pop Matters had to say: “Modern Settler, their third, is a strong record that runs the roots-rock gamut, from the bright rock of “Wicked Ways” to the swampy acoustic blues of “Chasin’ Homesteader Blues” to the ‘70s soul cover of Bobby Charles’ “Street People”, complete with horn section.” Standout track: “Poor Elijah/Tribute to Johnson.”

Rock on and support your local musicians!

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Jackson Hole New Year’s Eve Music Party Preview 2015-16

Posted on Dec 30, 2015

(this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole)

MajorZephyr

Major Zephyr

Picking a New Year’s Eve party to ring-in sweet ’16 will be a fun endeavor in Jackson this year with lots of options to choose from. Do you want something close to your bed? A bluegrass hoedown? An EDM dance party? Mainstream country? A funk-nasty soul groove vibe? This year’s party menu is local-heavy, featuring a smattering of Teton County’s favorite party bands and a pair of traveling acts.

Starting on Town Square as we work our way West, it’s a band that has taken the region by storm over the last year. There’s good reason that groove-funk band Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons have found a homebase as Town Square Tavern’s go-to holiday and event band—they have that beat, that dance-party vibe with funky keys, a punchy horn, and doing it with an original stamp. Recently downsizing from a six-piece to a five-piece as drummer Zach Zimmereman left the band (now Station Manager at KHOL 89.1 FM) and Gregory Miles switched from perscussion to drum kit, The Weapons’s debut album “Breakfast” reached number five on the Relix Magazine/Jambands.com radio chart. Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons, 10 p.m. Thursday at Town Square Tavern. $15/advance, $20/day-of-show. 733-2886, 307Live.com.

A human jukebox band from Nashville, Beyond Control has a two-week stand at

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Teton Serenade features women musicians

Posted on Dec 2, 2015

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LaurenConrad

Lauren Conrad

For eight years beginning in 2002, there was the annual Women of Jackson concert produced by the now inactive non-profit, Jackson Hole Music Experience. It brought into focus the female talent pool that continues to progress in Teton County, though much of it bubbles underneath the surface. Picking up where the pioneer event left off, local ladies and Jackson Hole Hootenanny regulars Jenny Landgraf and Sally McCullough have teamed up to organize the 2nd Annual Teton Serenade—an event that features a range of women musicians, most of whom don’t have a regular stage on which to perform.

The scope of performers will predominantly feature fellow regulars at the Hootenanny open stage, though Landgraf pointed out that while it is an invitation-based event, it’s not necessarily Hoot-based. Whereas Women of Jackson focused more towards

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100 Years of Sinatra with Pam Phillips + dinner pairing

Posted on Dec 2, 2015

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PamPhillipsForging a career as a Grammy and Oscar-winning singer and film actor, Frank Sinatra was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century before passing away in 1998. To celebrate his life through music and stories, complemented by a family-style Italian dinner by Michelin Star Chef Rene Stene (just like Frank would have preferred), the Pink Garter Theatre will host Pam Phillips Trio & Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole along with accomplished vocalist Tony O—long time friend and road manager of Sinatra’s. Gina Feliccia and Eric Kunze will also perform. 100 Years of Frank featuring Pam Phillips Trio & Jazz Foundation of JH, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Pink Garter Theatre. Tickets are $40 (GA/Show Only), Couple’s Table ($250/Sold Out), and Group Table of Eight ($1500/Includes dinner & extras). BigCityBroadway.org, 734-9718.

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Jackson Hole 2015 Halloween Parties!

Posted on Oct 27, 2015

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Photo: The Earful. From downhome to luxurious, peruse your ‘Ween party menu

Photo: The Earful. From downhome to luxurious, peruse your ‘Ween party menu

Dress-up parties are the true hidden agenda for Teton County bargoers. With the density of adventure-seeking personalities, Halloween weekend is an open invitation for the madness to creep in. With a little creativity and a high capacity for shenanigans, your All Hallows’ Eve experience could take you just about anywhere. Here are eight musical parties to get fancied up for.

Always a good place to start is downtown Jackson, where party hopping comes at a low cost. What has become a tradition at the Silver Dollar Showroom in recent years is a reggae Halloween with local eight-piece Chanman Roots Band, decked out by The Celestial Horns and a gang of backup vocalists. A costume contest runs 9 to 10 p.m. for these categories: best female, best male, and best couple. Winners receive dinner for two at the Silver Dollar Grill. Chanman Roots Band, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Silver Dollar Showroom. Free. 732-3939.

Across the street at the Pink Garter Theatre and The Rose, expect an Electro-Funk Zombie Party in the theatre followed by a late night DJ throw down in the bar. While the featured act The Earful was nominated for Best Jazz Artist 2013 in the San Diego Music Awards, it’s a funk equation ala Soulive or Maceo Parker that brings

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JacksonHoleLive sponsors Scholarships for Young Musicians

Posted on Oct 13, 2015

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youngmusician Hendrix started playing guitar at age fifteen after seeing Elvis, while Ludwig van Beethoven composed his first piece at age twelve. Both also pushed through poverty while developing virtuosic musical chops. Sometimes it just takes the extra encouragement or mentor, and in extreme cases, emersion in music can even save lives. A teenager or young adult with a striking talent and visionary passion for a career in music is worthy of community attention, and there’s a new scholarship program geared towards this notion.

JacksonHoleLive—the free, all-ages concert series at Snow King Ball Park every summer—has stepped up to launch the inaugural JacksonHoleLive Music Scholarship. The scholarship is aimed to “further the ambition of aspiring young musicians.” The program will offer a $3000 cash award to one grand prize winner and $1000 cash award to one runner-up, chosen by a five-member committee that includes

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