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Mystery Machine, Crossroads, Resistance

Posted on Oct 12, 2017


Songs are flowing and an Appalachian autumn is currently re-tuning me for another Wyoming winter. Aaron Davis & the Mystery Machine will be rolling out some heady announcements in the next couple of months, including a couple of festivals already on tap for 2018. But first, a ramble. (FYI - I'm rambling more lately via a new instagram account, aarondavisongs)

I'm not sure why The War of Art by Steven Pressfield hadn't come onto my radar previously, though the timing is fortuitous. When Screen Door Porch first decided to take a hiatus, I was a bit on edge. Pressfield tackles the idea of personal Resistance when it comes to creativity, and doing the daily work that can eventually lead one to The Muse. The discipline of seeing a creative project through from start to finish can be a battle, and starting such an undertaking is perhaps the biggest hurdle. Having opened a studio in Jackson Hole a year ago and picking up the pieces as a solo artist now, I'm trying to crush Resistance with fervor. Here are a couple of excerpts from The War of Art...

"...when we sit down day after day and keep grinding, something mysterious starts to happen...unseen forces enlist in our cause, serendipity reinforces our purpose. This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don't. When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filling. Ideas come. Insights accrete."

"We unplug ourselves from the grid by recognizing that we will never cure our restlessness by contributing our disposable income to the bottom line of Bullshit, Inc., but only by doing our work."

SDP ended on a high, and a few folks pointed out how rare that isa band taking a pause under its own terms after a decade of The Life. I've tried to embrace that concept, tried to look beyond the crossroads despite Resistance waiting in the wings. I'm not without outlets, and I'll put my hands together in appreciation for them, and appreciation for the good natured musicians that I still get to work with (though I'll indeed miss making music with my wife). Three Hearted Studio has three fun projects in the works and on deck that I'll be producing/engineering. Acoustically, the cabin has made recording a game changer. It's blowing my mind. A few mic upgrades doesn't hurt either. In addition to AD & the Mystery Machine, Boondocks will be back in action soon as well.

The Band's Levon Helm

The Band's Levon Helm

Telamon of Arcadia, a mercenary of 5th century B.C., is known for saying, "it is one thing to study war and another to live the warrior's life." I've realized that when I take a break from the warrior's life, one of two things happen. In the short term, such as a fly fishing trip (my fave pastime), refreshment is superior and rejuvenation occurs. If I stay away too long, I'm reminded of a Levon Helm quote from his book This Wheel's On Fire: "When I'm a working musician, I feel like I'm successful no matter how big the show. If I'm not working, I feel useless as hell."

It's time to dig in, folks. Can't wait to see what I dig up!  
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Couch by Couchwest premieres the latest Screen Door Porch video “Chasin’ Homesteader Blues”

Posted on Mar 17, 2015

SXSW is so 2008 :-/ Yesterday, Couch By Couchwest premiered a new SDP video (2 of 3 in the series) for "Chasin' Homesteader Blues," an Aaron/Seadar co-write from Modern Settler. This was a rare opportunity for the band to film at the National Elk Refuge, on the PORCH of the historic Miller House -- one of the first homesteading sites built in 1885. The Miller Ranch represents the coming together of settlement, ranching and conservation in Jackson Hole. Thanks to Christie Quinn for the brilliant lens work and Lori Iverson at the Refuge for advising. Plenty of elk showed up for the session and a bald eagle loomed overhead in a tree during the entire shoot!
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Screen Door Porch gets Bonnie Bramlett’s stamp of approval for “Poor Elijah/Tribute to Johnson”

Posted on Mar 3, 2015

In a series of events that recently blew our minds, Bonnie Bramlett (of Delaney & Bonnie) laid her eyes and ears on the this new Screen Door Porch video “Poor Elijah/Tribute to Johnson” (a cover of the tune from the album On the Road with Eric Clapton, the 3rd album by Delaney & Bonnie). Bonnie was kind enough to re-post the video and comment via The Legendary Bonnie BramlettFacebook page: “Feel so honored I just love these kids!! I love the tone of this girl’s voice she’s so unique and I love the choices they made for the video everything about this project reeks of intense feeling. very very good I’m honored truly.” Thanks Bonnie. You’re a hero.
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When the fishin’ is good, the livin’ is easy

Posted on Oct 6, 2014

Snake River fine-spotted Cutthroat

Snake River fine-spotted Cutthroat

It's usually this time of year - when the aspens are a golden hue and the trout bite is aggressive - that reflections of a Wyoming summer are covered in dusting or even several feet of snow. Not this year. A Native American summer will extend into mid-October here in the Hole, and it feels a little like the days of my youth in ole Kentuck. Last year's bulky winter combined with unusual bouts of rainy weather has made for superb fishing conditions since last March. Thanks to the folks in the local fishing scene that have provided the advice (Tyler at Orvis Jackson Hole) and to these great Jackson Hole Fishing Reports: Boots Allen's report at Snake River Anglers and JB's report at Fish the Fly. In my experience, this has been the best year of fishing since moving to JH in 2001. Cheers to trout hunting and music pickin'!    
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Mystery Machine Wednesdays on The LOCAL Deck

Posted on Jul 5, 2014

ADandMysteryMachine_Local June 18: Screen Door Porch [duo] June 25: AD + Greg Creamer (guitar, vocals) & John Kuzloski (harmonica, vocals) July 2: AD + Tom Davidson (bass, guitar) & Andy Peterson (drums, vocals) July 9: AD + Matt Herron fiddle) July 16: AD + Ben Winship July 23: Screen Door Porch (Duo) It's happening. Every Wednesday. AD & the Mystery Machine. Scooby snack induced infunktions & transducitories will be broadcasted from the Back Deck of Local Restaurant & Bar. More affectionately, The Local Deck. I'll be trading fishing stories & songs with some pickers that make it feel easy, and that's what summer's all bout. The Mystery Machine will house a van full of Jackson Hole Musicians & characters rotating through the weeks: Seadar Rose Davis / Screen Door Porch, Greg Creamer, Matt Herron, Ben Winship, Michael Batdorf, Andy Peterson, Tom Davidson, John Kuzloski, Matt Donovan, Barry Lewis, Kidwell…and yet to be known ?'s that we pick up hitchhiking. It's alley music, after-all. Check out the Deck remodel that includes a new bar & Australian Rotisserie Spit. Hopefully a new summer hang for some of you downhome types. Duo/Trio style. 5:30-8pm @ The Local Deck. Hope to see ya out. ~AD
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