A dozen musicians. Three bands representing one state. Eighteen shows through five states in just nineteen days. Meet the 2nd Annual WYOmericana Caravan Tour featuring Screen Door Porch, The Patti Fiasco and J Shogren Shanghai’d. A traveling concert circus of sorts, the WYOmericana Caravan is a rolling representation of the square state’s burgeoning songwriter scene. Artists will rotate performance slots each night, making the headliner/opener scenario unique to each tour stop. Three sets of WYOmericana music each night along with a heap of ad-libbed collaborations between bands—this is one music tour you won’t soon forget. The debut 2013 Caravan was such a home run it caught the attention of The New York Times, which sent a writer and photographer to cover the tour for a full-page, Sunday feature. Wyoming’s own Square State Film Co. also put a crew of videographers together, traveling the lengthy 3000 miles to craft the forthcoming documentary film, WYOMERICANA (to be released April 1). The snowball of outreach and support led to Wyoming’s largest newspaper, Casper Star-Tribune, naming the WYOmericana Caravan Tour a Top A&E Event in Wyoming. Hop on board for this, a ramble through the Rockies. 2014 WYOmericana Caravan Tour Dates WED May 21 - Laramie, WY - Gryphon Theatre TH May 22 - Denver, CO - Walnut Room FRI May 23 - Laporte, CO - Swing Station SAT May 24 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Garage SUN May 25 - Ketchum, ID - Whiskey Jacques MON May 26 - Boise, ID - Neurolux WED May 28 - Jackson, WY – Pink Garter Theatre THU May 29 - Bozeman, MT - Live From the Divide FRI May 30 - Missoula, MT - The Top Hat SAT May 31 - Whitefish, MT - The Great Northern SUN June 1 - Butte, MT - The Silver Dollar Saloon MON June 2 - Livingston, MT - The Murray Bar TUE June 3 - Livingston, MT - The Murray Bar WED June 4 - Sheridan, WY – WYO Theater THU June 5 - Lander, WY - Lander City Park FRI June 6 - Casper, WY - Keg & Cork SAT June 7 - Saratoga, WY – Hi-Water Hoedown @ The Yard SAT Aug 23 – Cody, WY – Wild West River Fest @ City Park THE BANDS: Jackson-based quartet Screen Door Porch delivers a Wyoming-grown fusion of soulful Americana, Roots-Rock and Country-Blues. The core female/male singer-songwriter combo of Seadar Rose & Aaron Davis thrive in a space that houses colorable harmonies, varied acoustic & electric instrumentation, and have “a sort of Lennon/McCartney arrangement and get it right every time” (Americana UK). Rounded by the monster rhythm section of Tom Davidson (fretless bass) and Andy Peterson (drums, vocals), SDP’s two studio albums have been internationally recognized in seven “Best Albums of the Year” lists and climbed into the Top 25 of the Euro-Americana Chart. ScreenDoorPorch.com With proud Wyoming roots, The Patti Fiasco is fresh from a showcase at South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX. Riding the release of their regionally acclaimed 2013 sophomore release, Small Town Lights, the album debuted at #5 on the Colorado charts. The quintet is known for their electric, high-energy live show with fiercely original songwriting, and unique instrumentation (…electric dobro). The Patti Fiasco has shared Colorado’s biggest stages in the past year with nationally touring acts such as Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Justin Townes Earle, Great American Taxi, and Cracker. PattiFiasco.net Among the few singer-songwriters who have been party to a Nobel Peace Prize, J Shogren Shanghai’d (Laramie/Centennial) plays original hard acoustic music from lives lived in loud proportions. Shogren’s style of WYOmericana is a modern interpretation of traditional roots music; an amalgamation of blues, old timey, country/western, jazz, vaudeville, rockabilly roll, ballads, and polka. Shogren—who will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Jascha Herdt—represented Wyoming at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2013. His latest album was named to House of Mercy Radio’s Top 50 Albums. JShogren.org
Screen Door Porch has been busy writing material for its third LP, to be recorded later this winter. The band stepped into the beloved Grand Teton National Park to film an unplugged version of “The Canyon” — an unreleased tune written by Seadar Rose. Our buddy, the prize-fighting videographer Mike Vanata of Square State Film Co., was behind the lens in one of our favorite settings—inside one of the famous Shane Cabins built in 1916 and featured in the 1953 Western, Shane. Presented by Surf Wyoming, watch the debut of Square State's new series dubbed “Field Recordings” here.
Casper Star-Tribune, recently put the WYOmericana Caravan Tour at the top of its list for Favorite Wyoming A&E Events of 2013. The inaugural four-state, fourteen-date tour featured Screen Door Porch, Jalan Crossland and J Shogren Shanghai’d, culminating in a snowball of state support, a Sunday feature in The New York Times, and a rock-u-mentary that will be released later this winter. Plans for the 2014 WYOmericana Caravan Tour are already in the works, including the addition of high-energy rock quintet The Patti Fiasco. For more on the tour, visit WYOmericana.com.Wyoming's largest print newspaper,
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort). Various friends of the musical persuasion will be riding shotgun with yours truly. This is when we get together and attempt songs in the unfamiliar realm for skied-out, hungry folks drinking in excess. Yep, music for 'merica. Round #1 kicks off in fine experimental form on New Year's Day with Mr. Greg Creamer (guitar, virtual dobro, vocals), followed by sessions with Tom Gerlach Davidson (uke bass, guitar), Mr. Matt Herron (fiddle) and so on. Screen Door Porch (Duo) will be representin' on Tuesdays in the Ascent Lounge. All of these shows are free and all-ages. Great staff, sushi, libations, bar food, and a fireplace...what else do you ask for? Check all of the shows here, including Boondocks at The Trap Bar (12/20) and the upcoming Sled Dog Tour 2014 with SDP.AD & The Mystery Machine will haul out to Teton Village for a string of après-ski Wednesdays this winter in the well-built, amply-heated, Ascent Lounge (in the Four Seasons near the base of Teewinot Lift at