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Targhee Bluegrass Fest celebrates #27

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)

Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott

Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott

By my acute calculations, the climax of summer music offerings is this week. Get it while it’s hot! If you’re not juiced for this year’s Targhee Bluegrass Festival lineup, maybe you just need some stronger coffee. It would be difficult to pick just one of the three days, but in case you must, here’s a daily fly-by.

Friday opens with hard-driving North Carolina string band Town Mountain at 4 p.m. I caught this quintet at Bear Trap Festival last summer, and they’re traditional goodness with lead singer Robert Greer leading the charge with an IBMA Momentum Award for “Vocalist of the Year.” Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project will follow, focused on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax. Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott have a terrific new album, We’re Usually A Lot Better Than This, and have been hitting the

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Hayes Carll + Screen Door Porch

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)

SDP_Press2014(byBHPimaging.com)_smMuch in the same fashion that John Prine connected with blue-collar country lovers with witty displays of making light of the quirky sides of life, Hayes Carll connects with his audience through introspective, yet seemingly off-the-cuff songs. Carll’s duet tune depicting how stereotypes of polar opposites really do attract, “Another Like You,” was American Songwriter’s number one song of 2011. That album, KMAG YOYO, was the Americana Music Association’s number one album in the same year, not to mention making Best of Lists for Rolling Stone, SPIN and a New York Times Critic’s Choice. He’s the real deal, and it can’t be better said than the opening line of his bio: “Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 35-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking.”

Opening the show is Americana-soul/country-blues band Screen Door Porch, which is on the verge of releasing their third studio album, Modern Settler, and recently returned from an 18-show tour of the region. Music on Main: Hayes Carll with Screen Door Porch, 6 p.m. Thursday at Victor City Park. Free, all-ages. TetonValleyFoundation.org.

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The Turnpike Troubadours + Chris Knight

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)

Turnpike Troubadours

Turnpike Troubadours

This is, hands down, my favorite club bill of the summer. Two killer acts that have never played Jackson and happened to be co-billed together—The Turnpike Troubadours and Chris Knight—combine for an alt-country/Americana songwriting pool that is busting at the seams with talent and vibe. From the Red Dirt circuit of Oklahoma, folk-rockers The Turnpike Troubadours have honed a rowdy, quick-witted sound across three albums that has brought folks of all stripes together. Kentucky native Chris Night is a mining-industry consultant gone successful singer-songwriter. A Steve Earle-esque, character-driven, workingman’s songster, Knight remains semi-underground and has released eight albums released since 1998. Don’t miss this one! 307 Live presents The Turnpike Troubadours and Chris Knight, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Square Tavern. $30. 307Live.com, 733-3886.

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Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

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BrownoutAustin Latin funk/rock group Brownout has an inquisitive new endeavor, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, which has seriously caught on across the country. Their arrangements on classic Black Sabbath will make you remember why you got into metal in the first place. Latin percussion, horns and fuzzy guitars have rarely sounded this good together. Who would try such a thing anyway? Well, it works. Spindrift—an L.A. psych-rock band—will open the show.  Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath with Spindrift, 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pink Garter Theatre. $15-$17. PinkGarterTheatre.com, 733-1500.

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Hit maker Chris Isaak

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

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Chris IsaakSoft rock singer-songwriter Chris Isaak got his big break with “Wicked Game,” a song from his third album, Heart Shaped World, which was placed in the film “Wild at Heart.” Around the same time, one of the two-time Grammy nominee’s greatest influences, Roy Orbison, invited him on tour as his opening act. Around 1988, the famously witty performer began branching out into acting, getting a small part in “Married to the Mob” followed by “Silence of the Lambs” (1991), among others. Isaak has released a total of thirteen albums with twelve charting singles, and has appeared in ten movies and dozens of TV shows. Chris Isaak, 8 p.m. Monday at the Center Theater. $95-$120. JHCenterForTheArts.org, 733-4900.

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Dirty Dozen + Sneaky Pete

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

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Sneaky-Pete-and-the-Secret-WeaponsSince 1977, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has revolutionized the New Orleans brass band style by merging funk and bebop into traditional ‘Nawlins jazz, influencing most of the brass bands that followed. Trimmed to a seven-piece touring unit, Dirty Dozen has instigated a number of rowdy late nights in Jackson Hole. It’s a Southern-style dance party that will be perfect for an afternoon in Teton Village Commons. Groove/funk six-piece Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons will open with a set of original, high-energy party music. Concert on the Commons with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons, 5 p.m. Sunday outside in Teton Village Commons. Free, all-ages. JacksonHole.com.

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Reckless Kelly + Screen Door Porch + Jeff Crosby & the Refugees

Posted on Jul 29, 2014

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reckless kellyEven considering that the Idaho-born Braun brothers founded Reckless Kelly in Bend, Oregon before moving to Austin in 1997, they more-or-less define the “Texas country” tag. Texas country refers to a sub-genre of alt-country and country-rock that brings the carefree attitude of the outlaw and the truthful, straightforward lyrics of roots music and Americana. Or, as frontman Willie Braun told Seattle Times last year, “Not this Toby Keith bullshit. Good country…Rainier and whiskey-drinking country.”

Reckless Kelly’s Grammy-nominated album Good Luck & True Love [2011]—which also took home four Lone Star Music Awards and sent three singles to #1 on Texas Radio—was followed up last year by the band’s eight studio release, Long Night Moon. The latter is a classic road record, conceived from eighteen years of

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The Motet: 7-pieces, 7 albums + The Deadlocks

Posted on Jul 29, 2014

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TheMotetFeel-good Afrobeat, funk, disco and soul, The Motet has come to Jackson several times over the last ten years, though the most recent incarnation of the band has grown into it’s tightest touring unit yet. Once a revolving cast of crushing Colorado players, drummer Dave Watts has steered the project through a commitment to push the sonic envelope. With the release of The Motet’s seventh album, Watts felt it necessary to call it simply The Motet, a reflection that the group has finally become what it has striven to be throughout its existence. The band is a seven-piece including a two-piece horn section, drawing inspiration from some of the bands they have chosen for Halloween costume performances over the years—Parliament Funkadelic, Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, and Jamiroquai.

Opening this show is The Deadlocks, an authentic Jackson-grown tribute to The Grateful Dead. The band is celebrating its 5th anniversary this week, including an additional performance for Jerry Garcia’s birthday (9 p.m. Friday at Pink Garter Theatre; $7). Music on Main: The Motet with The Deadlocks, 6 p.m. Thursday at Victor City Park. Free, all-ages. TetonValleyFoundation.org.

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