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The Minor Keys unleash ‘Life in a Minor Key’

Posted on Jun 28, 2017

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The tape has been rolling here at Three Hearted Studio in Hoback and the first official release is now in the airwaves—Life in a Minor Key via swing and old time blues trio The Minor KeysLife in a Minor Key (listen here) was engineered and mixed by yours truly, and it was a real pleasure working with friends Jeromey Bell (vocals/guitar), Leslie Steen (violin) and Marty Camino (upright bass/vocals) with studio guests Jason Baggett (drums) and Lawrence Bennett (trumpet) stepping in nicely for a couple of songs. Sonically, I'm super pleased with the results. It's empowering to have so many question marks in the recording process and have it work out beautifully in the end.

The four-track EP features the heart of what the trio does best—classic swing and old-times blues from a bygone era. While these are not the obscure gems from

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Canyon Kids & Goldcone collaborate on “Wolf”

Posted on Feb 13, 2017

Check out the pop-folk moodiness of "Wolf," the first song collaboration between our good buds Canyon Kids (Bo Elledge & Dusty Nichols) and Goldcone (Joe Rudd). That's fellow Hoback Nation resident Rudd on keys, sax and production, with Mr. Sam Lowenthal of Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons on bass. Written by Elledge. Art via Cole Adams Buckhart. Stream the track below.
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Concert Review: Jackie Greene + Anders Osborne + Hayes Carll

Posted on Jan 17, 2017

Greene_Osborne_Carll_byAaronDavis5It takes a fair amount of gumption to perform outside of the so-called comfort zone musicians build within their main performance outlets. Jackie Green, Anders Osborne, and Hayes Carll ditched their bands and grabbed acoustic guitars for a sit down evening of old fashioned tune trading at the Center Theater on Sunday.

For Greene and Osborne—two new friends that are gifted as both singer-songwriters and guitarists—impromptu “jamming” is second nature and I’ve witnessed each thrive on that ball of energy as much as writing a powerful song. They've each shared experiences with Phil Lesh & Friends in recent years and each play in loud, improvisational rock bands. It was great to see a number of those rock tunes stripped down to the raw core from these two.

Hayes Carll sounded like the refined writer he is, a painter with words as his raw material. After Carll made light of the juxtaposition between him and the other two, the joke recycled throughout

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Wood Brothers & Ben Sollee, Search & Rescue Benefit, Center Theatre lineup

Posted on Dec 7, 2016

(this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole)

The Wood Brothers (photo: Alysse Gafkjen)

The Wood Brothers (photo: Alysse Gafkjen)

“I think we have a nice balance now in our show now of broken-down, stripped-down acoustic, more intimate subtle music leading up to the more rockin’ stuff,” explained Oliver Wood, vocalist/guitarist for The Wood Brothers. “We’re learning to balance what has characterized our records and live shows. Our drummer Jano is an amazing keyboard player and really sounds like two guys when he’s playing keys and drums at the same time. And, of course, my brother Chris is a bass virtuoso, so we can make quite a big sound when we want to, but it also feels good to strip it down to almost nothing.”

Oliver’s comments are right on the pulse of how The Wood Brothers—featuring blood brothers Chris (upright bass/vocals) and Oliver along with adopted musical bro Jano Rix—have evolved since forming around 2005 as a stripped-down duo. In addition to drum kit and keys, Rix also plays a homemade “shuitar”—a cheap acoustic guitar converted into a percussion instrument. Over the course of more than a decade, the trio has gradually grown a fanbase that is drawn to their deceptive spareness. Their collective sound is fluid, raw at times, and nearly always reflecting a roots-inspired smorgasbord of blues, folk and especially of late, rock and roll. The Nashville-based band’s latest studio album, Paradise, was recorded at Black Keys guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach’s studio and brings a more

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Posted on May 1, 2016

WYOCaravan_2016Poster_AllDatesThe energy is building for another monumental run with The WYOmericana Caravan. From funk to folk and the roots in between, this is about the widest range of music you'll hear on a concert bill. Being intimately on the road together will propel a creative force that can only happen through decisive collaboration and musical exploration. Hope to see you at these shows. They're going to be special. A HUGE thanks to all of the 2016 sponsors: Surf Wyoming, Backwards Distilling Co., Wyoming Public Radio, Snake River Brewing, Mountain Khakis, Jackson Hole Community Radio (89.1FM), Benderuble Sound, Planet Jackson Hole, S. Rose Design, Give’r, Wild Iris Press, Wyoming Magazine, and Arts Cheyenne.
TH May 5 – Laramie, WY – Gryphon Theatre | 8p
FRI May 6 – Cheyenne, WY – Atlas Theatre | 8p
SAT May 7 – LaPorte, CO – Swing Station | 9p
TH May 12 – Lander, WY – Lander Bar | 8p
FRI May 13 – Victor, ID – Knotty Pine Supper Club | 9p
SAT May 14 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room | 8p
WED June 1 – Jackson, WY – Town Square Tavern | 9p
TH June 2 – Missoula, MT – The Palace Lounge | 9p
FRI June 3 – Whitefish, MT – Great Northern Bar | 9p
SAT June 4 – Bozeman, MT – The Filling Station | 9p
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