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  • 28th Annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival 8/5/15 (this Cover Story was published by Planet Jackson Hole) The fusion of old timers and newcomers. The updating and preservation of tradition. The human eagerness of gathering with a like-minded tribe to revel in movements of acoustic music. Welcome to the 28th Annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival. No mammoth Telluride Fest or the 78,000 people that gather at ...
  • JH Live: Shakey Graves + Turnpike Troubadours 8/5/15 (this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole) The hottest double-bill of the season could be upon us: Shakey Graves and Turnpike Troubadours at Jackson Hole Live. Here’s the scoop on the two acts that are currently on fire, all-the-rage and drawing hordes of Americana fans: Singer-songwriter Alejandro Rose-Garcia, a.k.a. Shakey Graves, first grabbed the attention of indie ...
  • Center fundraiser brings Vince Gill 8/5/15 (this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole) Famous for his choice songwriting, world-class guitar playing and soaring tenor, Vince Gill has earned a measly twenty Grammy Awards—more than any other male country artist. The accolades stack up much higher than that, including a 2007 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Initially making a name for ...
  • The Gourds’ Shinyribs 8/5/15 (this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole) Former member of longtime Austin touring band The Gourds, Kevin Russell fronts the project dubbed Shinyribs. The jovial songwriter brings country-soul and swamp-funk mixed with choice covers from the expected (George Jones, Leadbelly) to the unexpected (TLC, T-Pain). It’ll be a down-home party with a world-class band, laidback humor, ...
  • Luke Bell croons the ‘tonk at Fair 7/21/15 (this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole) An ole modern traditionalist, Cody-native and classic country crooner Luke Bell has been on a national tear as of late. Briefly schooled in Laramie, then propelled to Austin before landing in Nashville, Bell just received a major shoutout from Rolling Stone as one of the “25 Must See Acts” ...
  • Bingham croons at Center 7/21/15 (this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole) Once an obscure songwriter as a teenager on the road dabbling in ranch work and sleeping in his truck after rodeo competitions, Ryan Bingham’s success has not affected his gritty alt-country output one bit. Bingham won an Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice awards for his 2010 ...
  • Huge soul sounds of The Suffers 7/21/15 (this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole) Ever heard of “Gulf Coast Soul”? Houston-based ten-piece The Suffers intertwine the classic elements of soul and horn-fueled rock featuring the massive voice of Kam Franklin. At first, the formula brings to mind a jazzed-up version of Sharon Jones and The Dapkings, though The Suffers’ four-song EP Make Some ...
  • Half of Tenacious D 7/21/15 (this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole) Kyle Gass is Jack Black’s partner in crime as Tenacious D. He’ll be bringing The Kyle Gass Band’s “good-time-rock-and-roll done right, with incredible harmonies, hugenormous guitars, and just the slightest dusting of flute” to town this Sunday. The same tongue-in-cheek approach applies here, with more crunchy guitars and a ...
  • Women rule Targhee Fest 7/17/15 (this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole) It’s not completely about the ladies, though the 11th Annual Targhee Fest will certainly feature more than ever, and this batch of female artists is exceptional. Brandi Carlile, Patty Griffin, Amy Helm, Mavis Staples, and Martha Scanlan are all phenomenal vocalists, yet there’s a genuine songwriting knack and stylistic ...
  • Blitzen Trapper gets aggressive, covers heroes 7/8/15 (this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole) The experimental, Americana indie-rock foundation of Blitzen Trapper is arguably some of the most intriguing music of the last several years. The writing is personal. The live show extremely tight and moody. And the subtle use of electronic textures over folk tendencies points to only one legit comparison, Wilco.    When ...
  • Wood Smoke Rising releases eponymous debut album 7/8/15 Writing, arranging and recording an album in “various houses and apartments” is not glitzy, but with the tools available in this day-in-age quality control is not only attainable, but a worthwhile education and a microscopic view of one’s own sound. The experience of figuring out the process on a DIY level is respectable, and the personal ...
  • Songwriter’s Alley features Brock Gleeson 7/7/15 You know those songs you start humming minutes after hearing them? Those lyrics that seem stolen from your heart? That’s the sort of songs created by Brock Gleeson; creating an energetic country pop that’s a blend of Jay Farrar’s wordplay and Brad Paisley’s energy. He has been positioned as Nashville country, though with exception for ...
  • Jackson Hole 4th of July 2015: Freedom of American Roots 7/1/15 (a majority of this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole) There’s no better holiday to celebrate our country’s phenomenally massive development of American roots music than Independence Day. Homeland composition has been harvested through sheer liberation and liberty, expressing ideas, melodies and genres that never before existed. Whether you’re in Jackson, Teton Village, Victor, or Pinedale, ...
  • ‘Lil Smokies: smoke ‘em if you got ‘em 5/19/15 (this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole) It sure is cool to see former Jacksonites from the formative days of yesteryear’s local music scene making waves on the regional and national front. Featuring former locals Pete Barrett (guitar, vocals, songwriting) and Matt Cornette (banjo), Missoula’s The Lil’ Smokies formed in 2009 along with Andy Dunnigan (dobro), ...
  • Smasher’s Ball with The Electric Bliss 5/19/15 (this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole) Smashing, electric, and celebrating twenty-five years of rugby in Jackson Hole, JH Moose Rugby will host live music, and a live and silent auction in support of the men’s and women’s teams. Jackson’s freshest cover band, The Electric Bliss, will unleash a soundtrack of alt-rock, disco, funk, pop and ...
  • Jess Camilla O’Neal & The NeverSweat Players 5/13/15 (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Born and raised on a dude ranch in Moran while performing in plays at the family-operated Jackson Hole Playhouse, Jess Camilla O’Neal now lives in Dubois where she performs with her band, The NeverSweat Players. O’Neal will be the first featured songwriter of the summer season, ...
  • Ani DiFranco still percussive, socially conscious 3/24/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Though lifestyle has drastically changed for Grammy-winning folk singer Ani DiFranco, becoming a parent has not changed her outlook as a politically charged, socially conscious lyricist. Now forty-five, DiFranco won a Grammy for 2003’s Evolve and published a book of poems and paintings, Verses, in 2007. Her lyrics tend to ...
  • TV on the Radio: All in the name 3/24/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) The formula of art + rock + soul = TV on the Radio—a beacon of light in a tidal wave of bands that don’t fit neatly into any one box. The Brooklyn quartet’s fifth studio album in 2011, Nine Types of Light, hit this listener in all of the ...
  • KHOL reaches fundraising goal, celebrates with Foxygen 3/24/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Jackson Hole Community Radio (KHOL 89.1 FM) has not only blossomed into an integral part our local music scene, but also as a community resource, a representation of local culture, and a somewhat unpredictable dial ranging from advice on how to pair your wine with your meal, to two ...
  • Mandy Rowden’s Bad Habits 3/24/15 Singer-songwriter Mandy Rowden was one of the hardest working musicians that I met during my time in Austin, Texas. The songstress and multi-instrumentalist, who also founded and runs the successful instructional school Girl Guitar Austin, just released These Bad Habits, a solo album featuring Austin staples Lloyd Maines, Bard Rice and Redd Volkaert. Rowden wrote all eleven tracks on ...
  • The Rendezvous Fest takeover: Robert Earl Keen, Mix Master Mike, Franti, Lukas Nelson, Screen Door Porch… 3/17/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Rendezvous Fest Schedule **All Shows are free Thursday, March 19 (Tram Stage, 3 p.m.) – Screen Door Porch Friday, March 20 (Jackson Town Square Stage, 5 p.m.) – Robert Earl Keen, Jason Spooner Band, Wyatt Lowe & the Mayhem Kings Saturday, March 21 (Tram Stage, 3 p.m.)  – Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons Saturday, ...
  • Under the Tram Series + Rendezvous Fest 3/3/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Music Under the Tram & Rendezvous Fest Lineup 2015 **All shows are free and begin at 3 p.m. on the Tram Stage at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort unless noted Saturday, March 7 – One Ton Pig Saturday, March 14 – Major Zephyr Thursday, March 19 – Screen Door Porch Friday, March 20 (Town of Jackson ...
  • Dirty Birds late night at The Trap 2/25/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) 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 ...
  • West Coast triple hop: Zion I, Los Rakas & Locksmith 2/25/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) The 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 ...
  • Big band polyrhythms 2/18/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Hard 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 ...
  • Get higher with Galactic 2/18/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Galactic’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, ...
  • Billygoats gruff 2/18/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Often 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 ...
  • Escovedo—the perfect Valentine’s show 2/14/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Multi-faceted musical artist Alejandro Escovedo recently played his hometown’s biggest stage, Austin City Limits (ACL), for the third year in a row. But, this time it was different. During a recent honeymoon trip to Mexico with his wife, the couple endured a category four storm in which they ...
  • Double Down with Ugly Valley Boys 1/28/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Vintage processes—whether a classic songwriting style, amplifying an electric guitar, or the blowing and bending of neon glass—are often developed from years of trial and error, leaving future generations established foundations to utilize and tweak. For old souls Ryan Eastlyn (guitar, vocals, songs) and Braxton Brandenburg (upright bass) of ...
  • Jon Wayne brings the Pain 1/28/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) There’s a lot of passion in Jon Wayne’s voice. Not the film star Wayne, but the sharp shooter for Minneapolis-based reggae-dub trio Jon Wayne and The Pain. The band has transitioned from up-and-coming to established since their first local shows, and much of that grassroots momentum has been ...
  • Therapy Q&A with The New Mastersounds 1/21/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) With the utmost respect for the pocket, English funk/jazz-fusion quartet The New Mastersounds have persevered the U.S. tour circuit for a decade now. They garner a high-degree of respect within an instrumental framework, putting them in fine company with The Meters, The Greyboy Allstars, and Soulive. Drummer and ...
  • Soul pop standout Marc Cohn 1/13/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Well-known for his 1991 adult contemporary hit “Walking in Memphis,” Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn has released five studio albums in his career. His most recent release, 2010’s Listening Booth: 1970 peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200 and is a set of covers ranging from Simon and Garfunkel’s ...
  • Pinky at the Pink Garter 1/13/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Jackson is a magnet for tribute bands. Talking Heads, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, AC/DC, and multiple Johnny Cash acts (Cash’d Out plays Friday at Town Square Tavern) have all found a home away from home in the Tetons. Why not some Pink Floyd tunes with a ...
  • Minor at the Moose 1/13/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Minor—the husband-and-wife led indie-folk quintet from the Los Angeles area—instantly reminds this listener of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, yet with a less layered, acoustic-driven sound. The pseudo family band (only the rhythm section aren’t related to the others) has a sound defined by lead vocalist Justin ...
  • Jason Boland & Cody Canada: Rollin’ in the Red Dirt 1/7/15 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) If American Red Dirt and Texas Country are unfamiliar colors, leave it to Jason Boland & the Stragglers along with Cody Canada & the Departed to offer you a keen introduction. The two frontmen and friends that have toured together previously and share Oklahoma Red Dirt roots along ...
  • New Year’s Eve in Jackson Hole 2014-2015! 12/30/14 (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Teton County will bid farewell to 2014 with an overly deep snow base (174″ and counting), and an equally dense showing of music options to ring in 2015. From laidback jazz bars to the rowdiest of high altitude rock ‘n’ roll, there’s something for everyone ...
  • McMurtry brings Complicated Game 12/30/14 (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) An artist that lives by the sentiment “It is not our job to be loved, it’s our job to be remembered,” Austin singer-songwriter James McMurtry’s schedule doesn’t push beyond the Texas border during the winter months, except to perform at the Jackson Hole Center for ...
  • Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons cook up debut “Breakfast” 12/17/14 (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) The lead track, “Forgotten Lullabies,” from Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons’s debut studio album, Breakfast, opens with a deeply grooving funk melody akin to a Robert Walter’s 20th Congress cut. Amplified by the collaborative note play of a dominant low-end clavinet fused with an ...
  • The debut of Songwriter’s Alley 12/9/14 (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Over the last decade, Jackson’s local music scene has gradually accumulated more songwriters and more bands performing original music. And for much of that time, there’s been a short supply of informal stages for either up-and-coming musicians or experienced songwriters to try new material, until ...
  • Sally Rod dives into Beck’s Song Reader Songbook 12/9/14 (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Driggs-based multi-instrumentalist David Bundy has been a go-to band member in a lot of Teton County bands over the years—bassist for Chanman Roots Band and Calle Mambo, drummer for his own defunct rock trio Johnny Wailin’, and a solid addition for the oh-so-common fill-in gigs. ...
  • Grooving, World-influenced Gyspy Lumberjacks 12/9/14 (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) There’s a particular flair to Minneapolis-based Americana band Gypsy Lumberjacks, a name that more-or-less describes their sound well. Earthy percussion pulses varying grooves to a spattered melting pot of acoustic World beat, Flamenco, Caribbean, gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and folk. The band has been touring around ...
  • Sodapop’s riff for rockabilly 12/6/14 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Though Wyatt “Sodapop” Lowe is still in his teens, hearing him croon a vintage ‘50s rockabilly cut while wailing on a classic Gretsch electric guitar would lead you to believe he’s been a performing bandleader for decades. Lowe was born and raised into the blues at Chappy’s Roadhouse, ...
  • Brother Mule reunites, invites Dowling 11/29/14 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Renaissance man Ben Winship has performed nearly every year on the Dornan’s stage since 1988, an era in which his mainstream bluegrass group Loose Ties began playing annual Christmas shows at the intimate Moose venue. He even built one of the original stages, and Loose Ties recorded a ...
  • Digital music streaming: the free ride is waning 11/18/14 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Do you enjoy free music streaming, digitally, via a service such as Spotify, Beats (owned by Apple), AT&T, Google, or Pandora? A major shift in the music industry over the last few weeks suggests that you should enjoy it while it lasts. Third quarter statistics in 2014 show that ...
  • You bring the SHOVELS & I’ll get the ROPE 11/11/14 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Throwing back a beer with Cary Ann Hearst in Charleston, South Carolina at the Tin Roof in 2010, Shovels & Rope was not yet the chosen band name of her project with now-husband, Michael Trent. This name that they had given their first collaborative album together in 2008 ...
  • Marshall Tucker Band, Shark Week, Wood Smoke Rising to play 74th Annual Fireman’s Ball 11/11/14 (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) The Jackson Firefighters Association went all out in booking Southern country-rock legends Marshall Tucker Band for one of the longest running fundraisers in the valley—the 74th Annual Fireman’s Ball. Though the band has one original member in vocalist Doug Gray, there’s no denying the band’s historical footprint, marked ...
  • Q&A with Canyon Kids + Pat Chadwick: Teton Artlab Sessions 11/4/14 (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Dusty Nichols-Schmolze and Bo Elledge (formerly of Elk Attack) are collectively known as Canyon Kids. Along with The Flannel Attractions singer-songwriter, Pat Chadwick, the trio has embarked on a DIY recording project housed at Teton Artlab. The album is being engineered and produced by Nichols, ...
  • How to get your Halloween Freak-On in Jackson Hole 10/28/14 (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Sure, the kids are excited, but who’s ready for adult Halloween madness? Let your alter ego take hold on one of the few nights of the year when the band is not necessarily the only stage show. Members from two of my favorite locals bands—Sneaky Pete ...
  • Horse Feathers brings chamber folk 10/28/14 (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Not the 1932 Marx Brothers comedy film of the same name, but the prolific indie-folk ensemble Horse Feathers is coming to town, again. Delicate, chamber-folk instrumentation is matched with a hushed, sweet-yet-grim voice led by singer-songwriter Justin Ringle. On a whim, I saw Horse Feathers ...
  • Paul McCartney Concert Review: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Oct.16, 2015 10/27/14 At 72, McCartney appeared ageless at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Oct. 16. Really fun setlist here, all 2hrs+45min of it. The light show was psychedelic and the LED light mapping was mind blowing, especially during opener “Magical Mystery Tour” and “Helter Skelter” (which ripped!). McCartney’s vocal range may have shrunk slightly, but tonally, he’s ...