Kicking things off on Independence Day is a triple bill of folk and alt-country with National Park Radio, Carolina Story, and hometown hero Jason Tyler Burton. Photo: PFAC

PINEDALE, Wyo. — Pinedale’s Soundcheck Summer Music Series kicks off Sunday, July 4 with high-energy Ozark indie-folk band National Park Radio headlining. Special guests Carolina Story, a Nashville country-folk duo will play middle and Pinedale singer/songwriter Jason Tyler Burton will open. Music will start at 4 p.m.

Presented by The Pinedale Fine Arts Council (PFAC), the Soundcheck Series consists of six free concerts at American Legion Park in downtown Pinedale. Shows start at 5 p.m. and are kid/pet friendly with food/beverage vendors set up directly outside of the park.

Emotional, gut-wrenching, but still incredibly hopeful, National Park Radio’s music reverberates important themes about life, love, and difficult choices, all while echoing the enduring beauty of the band’s deep-seated roots in the Ozark Mountains. Formed in northern Arkansas in 2012, National Park Radio, headed by singer/songwriter Stefan Szabo, have infused the surrounding region (and many others as well) with their unique brand of indie-folk music. Emerging from the shadows cast by giants Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists, and The Avett Brothers, NPR offers the indie-folk world something a little different: An outstanding blend of incisive songwriting and organic Americana charm alongside a heritage in genuine mountain music.

Photo: PFAC

Launched in 2009, Carolina Story built their reputation the old-fashioned way, performing countless shows from coast to coast during a whirlwind six-year run that saw them gracing stages from the Grand Ole Opry to AmericanaFest. After taking a temporary break from the road to welcome two children into the world, the duo returned in a big way in 2017, signing with the record label Black River Americana to release their studio debut, Lay Your Head Down. The album was a critical hit that helped land the band dates with the likes of Hayes Carll, Bob Schneider, and Delta Rae, among others, and prompted Rolling Stone to declare them an “Artist You Need To Know.”

Local folk musician Jason Tyler Burton, is a wanderer and a soul-searching adventurer who writes songs about the journey. His songs and stories are heart-felt, reflecting a search for meaning and home, with a voice and lyrics that invite you to lean in a little, and really listen.

Soundcheck will also coincide with the Town of Pinedale’s annual 4th of July Picnic from 2-4 p.m. So come early for free hot dogs and hamburgers (boxed) and then stay late for a night of music and Pinedale’s famous fireworks show at sundown!

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