WYOMING & TETON VALLEY, IDAHO – While there are seemingly fewer songwriters moving to the region in the last several years, there are at least as many records being made by creatives that have stuck around. There are well over a dozen regional musicians and bands with new releases on the way, in progress, or already available for consumption. Follow the links to learn more about each artist and where to listen. Arranged in the order of release date.
Aspen Dawn (Jackson)—who won the 1st Annual Wyoming Singer-Songwriter Competition last fall and recently acted in “I Can Ski Forever”—is lead vocalist on the collaborative single, “To the Moon,” released by Tanner England.
Wyoming folk hero Jalan Crossland (Ten Sleep) has collected and re-mastered his Greatest Efforts, a double CD/vinyl offering that features nineteen tracks and eighty-seven minutes of music. Available now, among the batch is “Chicken Trucker,” “Trailer Park Fire” and “Hoboerotica.”
Groove rock trio Ticket to Space (Teton Valley) re-released a debut EP, See it in the Sun, remixed with the addition of keys. They are returning to the studio in the fall to cut a full-length album.
Wyoming raised “Global Cowboy” Brent Moyer (Nashville/Jackson) released a new album, Doing Better Now, April 26 on Swiss-based label Brambus Records and it features some of Nashville’s prolific songwriters. He’s touring in Europe and makes a Jackson rendezvous every summer to perform.
Nylon string guitarist Lara Montgomery (Jackson) released a single, “That Mountain Life.” She releases music under the moniker Hesed Resonance Music and is described as Christian indie folk and easy listening.
Los Angeles indie-pop group WYO (by way of Jackson) makes cinematic music inspired by frontman Andy Sorge’s upbringing in Wilson, and textured by co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Scott McKay Gibson. The duo worked with L.A. producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Pete Yorn) for their ten-song sophomore album, Changes (May 31), and released a behind-the-scenes video series giving a glimpse into their creative process. WYO released its debut album, Untamed, last year and three singles earlier this year. You can listen to Changes on streaming services here.
Yours truly, multi-instrumentalist Aaron Davis (Hoback) of Screen Door Porch/Aaron Davis & the Mystery Machine/Boondocks will be offering a ninth release and second solo album, The Meander, on June 21. Two songs from the album can be streamed via the link above. The set was recorded at my studio, Three Hearted Recording, and features my touring band The Mystery Machine along with a dozen longtime musical friends from the region including Jalan Crossland, Isaac Hayden, Canyon Kids, Karee Miller Jaeger, Matt Herron, Greg Creamer, Barry Lewis, and my wife Seadar Rose Davis.
One Ton Pig (Jackson) has a release party in just a few weeks. Recorded at the Henhouse in Victor, the bluegrass/Americana quintet will celebrate the release of their fourth studio album, Parade of Song, on July 2 at their home turf, the Silver Dollar Showroom. The Pig’s last release was Lastville in 2015.
Skillful roots musician Ben Winship (Victor) has been churning out sessions from his Henhouse studio in Victor. Besides recently scoring a song on a Hallmark e-card—“Goodnight Grampa” written by Winship and John Lowell—he has two records on deck for July 19. Winship’s version of old time stringband music, Acorns, was recorded mostly live with some of his favorite people and featuring mostly his own songs. Toolshed is a catchall for his other dabbles in the bluesy-funk-Dixie-folk realm. Again, Winship pens most of the songs on the set, with a much different approach during the recording process that included lots of overdubs, remote recording, and guest singers on a few numbers—notably Ivan Neville and Travis Book (Infamous Stringdusters).
A distinguished economist that plays “catawampus roots music,” J Shogren (Laramie) will release Pulp for Paper this August/September. Shogren was a finalist in the NewSong Music Competition and this is his sixth album and a follow-up to 2016’s Why So Blue, Bird?
Bluegrass quartet Low Water String Band (Lander) is putting the finishing touches on an EP, Wyoming Wind, set to be released this summer.
Singer-songwriter Jason Tyler Burton (Pinedale) has an album in the bag, Kentuckian, due in September. Burton laid down tracks at Three Hearted Recording, with additional tracking done in Utah, Pinedale, and Nashville. He has previously released two EPs and three full-length albums.
Jackson Mayor Pete Muldoon (Jackson) has been recording his 2nd solo record with Shawn Fleming, a follow up to last year’s album, The Decent. It will be released sometime this summer.
Led by songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Chanman, Reggae ensemble Chanman Roots Band (Jackson) is currently recording an EP to be released this summer.
Minimalist acoustic singer-songwriter Micah Maly (Jackson) has finished recording his debut album, rumored to be released this summer.
Downbeat R&B/jazz-fusion/funk group Freda Felcher (Jackson) is finishing recording sessions this spring, with a three-song EP and a single “Defeats,” both scheduled for late summer release. Each release will feature big-band arrangements, artwork by Ben Carlson, and a music video.
Canyon Kids (Jackson) are welcoming the addition of songwriter/lead vocalist/guitarist Patrick Chadwick, who is replacing Bo Elledge. Elledge has relocated to Seattle and will also be releasing new solo music this summer. The forthcoming Canyon Kids record (potentially in fall) will likely feature both Elledge and Chadwick on lead vocals along with bandleader/guitarist/harmony vocalist Dusty Nichols. Canyon Kids released two singles last year, Crosby Stills & Nash’s “Helplessly Hoping” and Green Day’s “Basket Case.”
Brock Gleeson (Jackson/Austin) released the EP, Wyoming, in 2017 and has demoed a dozen songs to record this summer at Three Hearted Recording.
Rocker Wyatt Lowe (Park City/Jackson) and his band The Mayhem Kings finished tracking his third studio record last month at Eagle Wind Sound in Winter Park, CO, working with PJ Olsson and the great Alan Parsons (Beatles, Pink Floyd). The album is ball-parked for later this year or an early 2020 release on Anti Records, which is also home to Tom Waits, Galactic, Mavis Staples, and Neko Case.
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