JACKSON, Wyo. — Honkytonk bands and cheap beer go hand and hand. So much so that Denver six-piece Extra Gold named the band after one, a moniker that seemed fitting after glancing at a beer label distributed by Coors. That was 2017, during the band’s formative debut residency at the modern Denver bar, Syntax Physic Opera. The band soon entered the studio and released the well-received 2018 full-length High & Lonesome, followed-up by a single, “What It’s Like,” in 2020.
Led by Kansas City native and guitarist/vocalist Evan Holm, the group was founded on golden era country and honkytonk, pushing into psychedelic Grateful Dead and rock territory more recently. Holm split from his indie country-rock outfit Evan Holm and the Restless Ones to focus on the more dance-friendly Extra Gold, which features pedal steel, fiddle, and Hammond organ alongside a rhythm section and Holm on guitars.
“I think above anything, I wanted to make a straight-country band,” Holms told Westword in 2018. “I didn’t want to do an alternative version of it or a modernized version of it. I wanted to almost pay homage to all these artists I was listening to [while living in the mountains] and had come to love. I just started writing songs that, when listening to a country record, I’d want to hear.”
Extra Gold, 7-10:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Silver Dollar Showroom. Free. WortHotel.com.