(a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)
Before the winter season launches into a buffet of live shows, it’s time to mentally leave Teton County to peruse the corners of Wyoming to give you a heads-up on a handful of bands and songwriters to keep an ear out for.
Luke Bell (Cody)
Bell’s Canadian tuxedo helps paint his Guthrie-esque troubadour status, but he’s more than a rambling folk artist. Born in Kentucky, raised in Cody, briefly schooled in Laramie, and then propelled recently to Austin, Texas to record his second album to analog tape, singer-songwriter Luke Bell brings a natural feeling to stripped-down country-folk, soulful acoustic blues and light-hearted bluegrass. In the spring of 2012, he wrote and produced his self-titled debut (stream for free at LukeBellMusic.com). Bringing to mind John Prine’s phrasing and the modern edge Justin Townes Earle, Bell is beyond his years in song demeanor. If he’s not the next biggest thing across the state, maybe it’s because he’s moved elsewhere.
Alysia Kraft of Patti Fiasco
The Patti Fiasco (Wyoming/Ft. Collins)
Members of quintet The Patti Fiasco are all Wyoming natives, forming in Laramie before making the move south to the bigger market of Ft. Collins. They recently trucked their electric dobro-driven rock and roll to Lafayette, Louisiana to play for over a 1,000 people as a part of the Spokesbuzz bandswap program. Zealous