Aaron Davis has sustained the fortitude of a songwriter-outdoorsman’s life in one of the wildest places on Earth for over sixteen years. The greater Yellowstone ecosystem that encompasses Jackson Hole is the largest tract of protected wilderness in the Lower 48, and the opportunity to create while also roaming the mountains and rivers was an unforeseen path for the Kentucky native.
Davis is an award-winning songwriter, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, journalist, photographer, engineer/producer at Three Hearted Recording, co-founder of Screen Door Porch and multi-act tour The WYOMericana Caravan, and founder of Aaron Davis & The Mystery Machine, juke joint country-blues band Boondocks and curator of the songwriter series Songwriter’s Alley. From his “searing slide guitar” (Country Weekly) in the country-blues vein to grooving poetic tunes, the “truly phenomenal songwriter” (About.com) swings from folk and gypsy-grass to country-blues and Rock N Roll—a lover of the energy harvested from both acoustic and electric sounds. This has led him to festival, theater and club stages across the country as well as private events and the occasional wedding around Jackson Hole when he’s not on the road or knee-deep in a river wielding a fly rod.
Davis operates Three Hearted Recording Studio twelve miles south of Jackson Hole in Hoback, Wyoming. Musicians from around the region come to record full-length albums, demos and more in a countryside cabin setting. The network of talented Jackson Hole players combined with his experience working in Austin, Texas with top notch engineers and studio musicians has allowed him cultivate a natural, supportive environment for artists to thrive in their studio performances.
Davis has released eight albums since 2005 with various projects, including four studio albums with Screen Door Porch, which also features his talented wife and songstress Seadar Rose. According to The New York Times, the duo has “entrepreneurial gumption” in producing the “traveling concert circus” that is the WYOmericana Caravan. The first two Screen Door Porch albums—Screen Door Porch (2010) and The Fate & The Fruit (2012)—were internationally recognized in a combined eight “Best Albums of the Year” lists while hovering in the Top 25 of the Euro-Americana Chart and Top 30 of the Roots Music Report Roots-Rock Chart. Modern Settler (2015) represents a lyrical return to Wyoming landscapes and it’s mythical characters and was voted #1 Album of 2015 by Wyoming Public Radio listeners. Pay it Forward (2017) features some of the quartet’s most focused songwriting and the introduction of new instrumentation.
A seminal band to Wyoming’s burgeoning Americana scene, Screen Door Porch has been fortunate to share bills with some of their heroes—Buddy Guy, Sam Bush, Steve Earle, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Justin Townes Earle, The Mother Hips, Malcolm Holcombe and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, while Aaron has opened for Willie Nelson, Wilco, James McMurtry, and Yonder Mountain String Band.
As a freelance journalist and photographer—currently with Jackson Hole Buckrail and formerly as the weekly music columnist for Planet Jackson Hole 2005-2017—Aaron has been fortunate to interview and photograph some of the greatest artists of our time: Taj Mahal, Dr. John, Bela Fleck, Maceo Parker, Del McCoury, Michael Franti, John Perry Barlow, Mickey Hart, Warren Haynes, Robert Cray, John Prine, Lyle Lovett, Buddy Guy, Ruthie Foster, Grace Potter, and scores of colorful local bands. In addition to writing about music, Aaron has contributed several cover stories, news pieces, travel narratives, and photo essays as well as reviews of albums, concerts and movies. Jackson Hole Review, The Oregonian, The Business Journal, Jambase.com, Libertarian Party News, The Statesman Journal, and Cascade Policy Institute have also published his pieces.