JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 When the regional lockdown was in place, many local musicians used the extra downtime to woodshed on a new instrument or begin a recording project. In the case of Kia Mosenthal and Jack Tolan, the opportunity to be hunkered down together opened the door to a new level of collaboration. The folksy-Americana duo is inspired by the closely blended vocal harmonies of Mandolin Orange, Elephant Revival, and I\u2019m with Her. They\u2019ll play a two-night run this weekend for the Silver Dollar Showroom\u2019s Sit Down Get Down series. Many will recognize Tolan as vocalist-guitarist-songwriter in groove-funk band Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons, though he also plays mandolin and sings with Colorado-based stringband trio Birds of Play. He\u2019ll be bringing both guitar and mandolin for the weekend sets. Mosenthal grew up in New Hampshire surrounded by music and dabbled in high school musical theater. She began playing guitar about two and a half years ago and recently stepped-up her game. \u201cI feel like I crossed the threshold into intermediate guitar this spring and that\u2019s been fun to dig into with Jack,\u201d Mosenthal said. \u201cI\u2019ve always loved to sing but pairing that with guitar has been a whole new adventure, especially figuring out the harmonies and how we can amplify each other\u2019s voices.\u201d The new duo\u2019s repertoire will be cover-heavy alongside some of Tolan\u2019s older original material and a dash of newer material that the duo has been working on lately. Approaching lush, ensemble folk music like Gregory Alan Isakov has forced them to simplify the arrangements to suit two instruments and two voices. \u201cA lot of the songs , you listen to them and think they are pretty simplistic and then you start digging into those harmonies and subtle things, stylistically, and then realize how much complexity there is,\u201d explained Mosenthal. \u201cThat\u2019s been challenging us as a duo and pushing me personally, but I love it.\u201d \u201cI\u2019ve been wanting to sing this style of music for a long time because I\u2019ve been listening to it for so long, but I\u2019ve never had a partner and musical compadre and take these on to do them justice,\u201d Tolan said. \u201cThat feeling of linking up with someone in a harmony, building a vocal chord with someone else is something else. I\u2019m drawn to that because it\u2019s so hard to do and there\u2019s so much to it that\u2019s not a technical aspect of music. These dude bands, it doesn\u2019t have the same presentation and sensitivity. In some ways it\u2019s new territory for both of us.\u201d \u201cIt\u2019s all a relatively new experience for me, including performing and I think this is the most official gig we\u2019ve had together,\u201d Mosenthal added. \u201cIt\u2019s a little nerve-racking but I also feel like if there\u2019s ever a time that people are forgiving and just wanting to hear live music, it\u2019s now.\u201d \u201cKia\u2019s naturally a really good singer, which didn\u2019t come naturally for me and is something I\u2019ve worked hard at,\u201d Tolan shared. \u201cShe can hear out the harmony and remember it\u2014things that are hard, musically, that she has the feel for.\u201d Jack Tolan and Kia Mosenthal, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Silver Dollar Showroom. Free.