Legend has it that the Canyon Kids were born by the river. The shady groves along the Snake River canyon’s steep banks would be the perfect sanctuary for just about any singer-songwriter with a beat up old guitar—and so it was with friends Bo Elledge and Dusty Nichols. Confined to the river, the job was to kill time with music. They would write folky strums and rich harmony, coming up with several songs that summer. With the help of drummer John Harris and bassist Adam Woolley, Canyon Kids would now have a driving rhythm underneath their arrangements. But they needed more: enlisting fiddler extraordinaire Matt Herron to the ranks, and soul specialist Sheena Dhamsania to their vocal lineup, the formation was now complete. Canyon Kids now have two full length albums under their belt, and according to Jackson Hole Music Blog they “embody a production aesthetic rare to the regional scene” and have “a vocal sound that equates to the smoothness of several coats of fine varnish on an old wooden boat.” It is this sound that has garnered Canyon Kids supporting slots with some of the country’s best national touring acts, including The Suffers, G Love & The Special Sauce, Galactic, The White Buffalo, Lukas Nelson, and the Infamous Stringdusters. But don’t worry, the Canyon Kids are no strangers to some heavy rock n’ roll..because like the river they came from, it can be gentle, but it also has serious bite.” Canyon Kids continue to play in their home base of Jackson, Wyoming, and you can expect to catch them playing festivals around the rocky mountain region!
MODERN SETTLER Voted #1 Album of 2015 by Wyoming Public Radio listeners!
SCREEN DOOR PORCH delivers a Wyoming-grown fusion of Roots-Rock, Country-Blues and soulful Americana akin to “Stevie Nicks meets The Band, with Ryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt hanging out backstage” (605 Magazine). It’s grooving, electrified porch music adorned with the soulful pipes of Seadar Rose and propped-up by Aaron Davis’s gritty slide guitar, quirky banjo pickin’ and an infectious Venus meets Mars magnetism. The core songwriting/multi-instrumentalist pair evoke a downhome vibe with rustic harmonies and “a sort of Lennon/McCartney arrangement and get it right every time” (Americana UK), yet the rawness of their vintage country-blues heroes and the spirit of late 60s/early 70s rock and roll shine through.
A national touring act since 2010, Screen Door Porch was featured in The New York Times for their “entrepreneurial gumption in founding the multi-act WYOmericana Caravan Tour, a traveling concert circus,” while Paste Magazine recently found the band to be “an impressive musical discovery.” The State of Wyoming is currently spotlighting Screen Door Porch in a national ad campaign, which includes this short film piece that was unveiled with a performance at the Governor’s Conference.
Whether staging The Duo or more often than not, The Quartet, featuring longtime drummer/harmony vocalist Andy Peterson and bassist David Bundy), part of Screen Door Porch’s MO has always been a breadth of acoustic and electric instrumentation –acoustic/resonator/electric/slide guitars, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and kazoogle, backed by a powerful rhythm section. The dynamic range of textures allows for the high-energy swagger of gritty, slide-induced blues-rock to pensive alt-country and flourishes of gypsy jazz and folk-grass. The band’s third full-length album, Modern Settler (2015), certainly embraces that palette while depicting colorful characters of ole Wyom and the intense landscape that inspires and humbles. Wyoming Public Radio listeners voted Modern Settler the #1 Album of 2015.
SDP’s first two studio albums—Screen Door Porch (2010) and The Fate & The Fruit (2012)—were internationally recognized in eight “Best Albums of the Year” lists. The band has been fortunate to perform at over two dozen festivals including South by Southwest, Targhee Bluegrass Fest, Treefort Music Fest, and Magic City Blues Fest, while sharing theater and club bills with some of their favorite artists—Buddy Guy, Sam Bush, Steve Earle, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Justin Townes Earle, The Mother Hips, Malcolm Holcombe, and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. The Fate & The Fruit hovered in the Top 25 of the Euro-Americana Chart and Top 30 of the Roots Music Report Roots-Rock Chart. In 2013, Screen Door Porch became the first Wyoming band to record a session at Daytrotter Studio in Illinois. A sophomore Daytrotter session was released in July 2015.
Screen Door Porch founded the annual WYOmericana Caravan Tour (WYOmericana.com) in 2013—a rotating cast of Wyoming-based acts showcasing original music and ad-libbed collaborations while caravanning the region. The tour has become a storied tradition in the region due to the camaraderie elements absent from most modern day traveling shows. Carpe diem!
“On ‘Modern Settler,’ Screen Door Porch has transformed roots music into something much larger…a down home goodtime vibe…sonic hypnosis has set in and Screen Door Porch seem like the only place to live” (Bently’s Bandstand Best Releases, March 2015)
“Screen Door Porch lends an easy Western flair to their more prominent native influences of North Carolina and Kentucky, a combination that goes down as smoothly as top-shelf bourbon.” (Austin Chronicle)
“[Rose & Davis] swap lead vocals to suit the song and songwriter, a sort of Lennon/McCartney arrangement and get it right every time: heartfelt yes, earthy certainly, but never languid. ‘Burnin’ At Both Ends’ and ‘Shift Work’ show both our heroes at their most gritty. The reality is that Seadar Rose and Aaron Davis go together like bacon and eggs. This is the sound of America, untamed and infinite.” (Americana UK)
‘BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR’ lists: Wyoming Public Radio #1 Album of 2015, American Roots UK Editor’s Top 25, NPR/WPR Best Albums of 2012 (voted #2), Tupelo Honey’s Top 20 Americana Releases, Twangville’s Top 100, Roots Music Reports Top 100 Folk Albums, Wyoming Public Radio Best of Wyoming 2010, Planet Jackson Hole‘s Best Original Album
When singer-songwriter Patrick Chadwick moved from Boston to Jackson, Wyoming six years ago, his only major reservation was leaving a bustling music scene behind as he traded a cultural hub for a somewhat sheltered mountain town. To his surprise though, Jackson Hole was actually brimming with talented musicians who were deeply supported by the community and uniquely influenced by the area’s natural beauty. Before long, Chadwick had new songs and a folk/bluegrass group called The Flannel Attractions, which attracted a passionate following, national airplay and a spot on Paste Magazine’s “Nine Wyoming Bands You Should Listen to Now.”
After The Flannel Attractions stopped creating new music in 2014, Chadwick looked to expand his latest songs beyond the bluegrass realm by tapping a broader portion of the local musical talent. With the help of musician and sound engineer Dusty Nichols of the local indie-folk group Canyon Kids, Chadwick recorded his new “Soul of Mine” EP with a number of Jackson Hole musicians at community-driven spaces like Teton Artlab and Henhouse Studio.
Chadwick’s affecting chord choice, tumult-tinged lyrics and sincere voice serve as the cohesive centerpiece on “Soul of Mine,” allowing the EP’s genres to bend but not break. A range of instruments guide the four songs from alt-country to soul pop to indie rock, whether it is a tuneful electric guitar, an ethereal piano, a blaring trumpet or a familiar mandolin from The Flannel Attractions. When these colors converge, Chadwick’s debut EP deftly conveys the gripping anxiety that often comes along with human relationships – even in an idealistic mountain getaway like Jackson Hole.
The “Soul of Mine” EP was released on Friday, March 25, 2016 and is now available on iTunes, Spotify, CDBaby.com, Google Play, and other online music purchase and streaming sites.