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Wood Smoke Rising from the Woodshed

Posted on Mar 3, 2015

(a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)

WoodSmokeRising

Local up-and-comers Wood Smoke Rising have been woodshedding this winter, working on a debut LP of original material slated for a June release. Like several of the local traditional bluegrass outfits before them (Anne & Pete Sibley, The Flannel Attractions, Random Canyon Growlers), Wood Smoke Rising cut its teeth at the Jackson Hole Hootenanny jamming crowd favorites like “Lonesome Fiddle Blues” and “How Mountain Girls Can Love.” Guitarist/vocalist Mike Swanson, banjoist/vocalist Andy Gabel and Josh Metten founded the band in 2012, rounded out in 2013 by mandolin player Lucas Nash and followed by the addition upright bassist/vocalist Rob Sidle in 2014.

The progression from campfire stringband to gigging, writing and recording a full-length record has been a long time coming for

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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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Dirty Birds late night at The Trap

Posted on Feb 25, 2015

(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)

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Soul queen Arleigh Kincheloe, a.k.a Sister Sparrow, commands the stage with body language that is both sly and stirring, coupled with a boundless voice that draws you into her infectious smolder. Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds is a powerful ensemble, trimmed in the last couple of years from an eight-piece to a sextet featuring Arleigh’s brother, Jackson, on harmonica, backed by a tight conglomeration of guitar, bass, trumpet and baritone sax.

SisterSparrow_bandJamming the Fight EP from fall of 2013, there’s a heavy sense of funky Memphis soul adorned by a raspy vocal style that can push the limits to an Aretha Franklin-inspired sound. Or, you can just layback and let this ultra-talented band turn the energy to eleven through epic song arrangements. In the live setting, the band can also dig into

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West Coast triple hop: Zion I, Los Rakas & Locksmith

Posted on Feb 25, 2015

(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)

zionIThe underground movement of DIY-minded, independent emcees in the Bay Area has somewhat faded since Zion I arose from the scene nearly twenty years ago. Though lacking the mainstream success they sought, mixing spiritualism with hip-hop and trip-hop beats while focusing on positivity in their lyrics has created a cult following for the duo. MC Zumbi and DJ/producer Amp Live have remained not only social conscious, but wide reaching in their choice of

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Everything under the Finest sun

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)

WorldsFinestThe first thing that comes to mind when a band unabashedly calls themselves World’s Finest is that they must think highly of themselves. Yet the first song on its website’s music player is “Da Dip,” the 1996 one-hit wonder from Freak Nasty, so I digress. World’s Finest self-proclaimed tags of “funky punky acoustic dub ska honkytonk reggae jam bluegrass rowdiness” and “neo-Americana” leaves little genre play left to discover, though if you hang around for the entire show, its likely you’ll get a dose of it all—including groove and rap. Regardless of far-reaching style, the foundation remains primarily acoustic (with drums), which would seemingly put them in a jamgrass class, without the traditional bluegrass background. Like Sam Bush has embraced over the years, bluegrass and reggae have similar attributes, yet the Finest bring the amalgam culture of Portland into music form. According to PortlandMetronome.com, there’s been quite a local buzz about the quintet over the last couple of years. They’ve put out two full-length efforts, Pattern (2012) and 33 (2012), featuring a lineup that mashes guitar, bass, banjo, drums, and saxophone. World’s Finest, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Silver Dollar Bar. Free. 732-3939.

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Big band polyrhythms

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)

PolyrhythmicsHard driving Afro-beat and syncopated, horn-driven funk via septet Polyrhythmics is of the Fela Kuti nature, modernized by an Antibalas-type hypnotic flare, though perhaps best compared to other all-instrumental outfits like The Budos Band. With over sixty original compositions, this prolific Seattle octet was named “Best Band in Seattle” by Seattle Magazine in Nov of 2011 before venturing outside the state’s borders to take their sound beyond the Northwest.

Digging deeper into both live and one-mic-in-a-room studio recordings, deep grooving, consistent and multi-layered funk define the band’s original stamp with equal parts reserved for African influenced syncopation. The end game is tight, talented and titillated dance music in which to shake your moneymaker. Sweaty club music is on tap for the masses. Polyrhythmics, 10 p.m. Thursday at Town Square Tavern. $5. 733-3886.

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Get higher with Galactic

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)

galacticGalactic’s new single “Higher and Higher,” features JJ Grey, which seems like a match made in swamp-funk heaven. Though the country’s most road-dedicated funk band plays the Tetons once a year, they have an undying work ethic that most always brings something new to the tool belt. No, Grey will not be touring with them, nor will Jamaican tour mate Brushy One String, but when the dance throw-down is at the Knotty Pine, fringe benefits are not necessary. Galactic at the Knotty is an experience in of itself. Galactic, 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Knotty Pine in Victor. $40. KnottyPineSupperClub.com, 208-787-2866.

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Billygoats gruff

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)

jonathanWarrenOften rollicking and whiskey-drenched, progressive psychobilly folk-grass Boise band, Jonathan Warren & The Billygoats have a certain spark fire that demands a listen. This is not the squeaky clean approach you’d hear out of Music City, but rather a gritty Appalachian campfire version of the hard strumming, early Avett Brothers with raspy, Southern-drawled vocals that fuse the qualities of Wooden Wand, Steve Earle, even a dash of Tom Waits. Over the coarse of three studio albums—You Just Relax Honey (2010), A Little Something Stronger Than Wine (2011), and the recently released On This Very Evening (2013)—Warren and the Goats have put out a slightly more polished product while remaining true to its uncooked live feel. Jonathan Warren and The Billygoats, 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Trap Bar at Grand Targhee Resort. Free. GrandTarghee.com.

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