(Published in Jackson Hole Weekly, additional content added)
Welcome to the Root Cellar—Ben Winship, Thomas Sneed and Tom Marshall—exposing the more obscure side of American folk music, from 1920s and ‘30s songs on down to great songwriters of our time like Randy Newman and The Police. The bitter sweetness of the band’s first show is also it’s last (for now), as Marshall will follow the American dream with his new fiancé to Charlottesville, Virginia where he’ll help some folklorists document old music to the state’s archives.
“I’ve had my eye on moving to Appalachia for a while,” Marshall said. “I got engaged a few months ago and [my fiancé] got a job in Charlottesville, so it all came together serendipitously. While I love playing, I’m also planning to work with some folklorists in southwest Virginia who are doing some really great work documenting cultural traditions and preserving some really old music in some of the state’s archives.”
The trio of vocalists and multi-instrumentalists will predominantly appear with Winship (Kane’s River, Growling Old Men) on octave mandolin, Sneed (Reeltime Travelers) on mandolin, and Marshall (King St. Ramblers) handling the six-string, though I’m sure some musical chairs will ensue. Root Cellar, 8 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday Jan. 15-16, at Dornan’s in Moose. Tickets are $15, available at Dornan’s and Valley Bookstore. 733-2415.