JACKSON, Wyo. — There are few creative alleys more mysterious than writing a song. It’s strange, remarkable, and the most intimate unfolding of a moment that was unanticipated. A lot of creatives that call Teton County home do it well, have something to say in such a way, deliver the package in such a way. Songwriter’s Alley celebrates this with local sentiment at the core, and session #147 will be presented after a three-year hiatus featuring a triple “A” bill—Abby Webster, Alex Blackwelder, Aaron Davis.
“The most recent Songwriter’s Alley session was in 2018 and there’s been a sea change in the songs being written around here. Abby and Alex are super talented examples of that,” said Davis, founder/host of the series. “2021 sessions will offer a snapshot, a bookmark into the recent, and what’s slightly over the horizon. That’s a great deal of creative power to harness in these times.”
Davis started the series started in 2007, often creating listening spaces out of non-traditional venues such as art galleries, coffee shops, industrial spaces, and back yards to cultivate a listening environment. The concert series acts as a platform that serves the song, the performing songwriter, and an audience that enjoys listening in an intimate, focused setting. Davis typically curates the lineup, emcees the show and plays a short introductory set. For the first time, he will also play a full set of his own while embracing more of a conversational, Q&A-style introduction to each artist akin to syndicated radio broadcasts “eTown” and “Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour.”
“The Silver Dollar has become a listening room during the pandemic,” Davis noticed. “The past nine months has been a trying era for artists, though the silver lining for songwriters and fans of acoustic music in a barroom setting is a focus towards the performance and the song, rather than just the beat it provides for dancing purposes. It sheds light that both scenarios are important for a healthy local scene to thrive.”
Over the course of a decade, Songwriter’s Alley has featured over 150 established and up-and-coming songwriters. This will be the debut showcase for both Webster and Blackwelder.
Featured songwriter introductions for Thursday, January 7
Abby Webster is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Wilson, Wyoming. Filled with metaphor and dark humor, her songs are just as whimsical as they are visceral. In addition to her solo work, she is also involved in a collaboration called Ski Lift. Webster received a 2021 Performing Arts Fellowship in Music from the National Endowment for the Arts—a merit-based honor for an artist’s work in their field.
Alex Blackwelder brings the musical stylings of local band Strumbucket under the microscope. Offering stripped-down versions of the amplified twang-funk, hear both the nonsensical and inspirational influence behind the music. Blackwelder will be joined by bandmate Peter Henderson on percussion. You’ll be strumming all night long.
Aaron Davis is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter chiefly known as co-founder of longtime alt-folk/country-blues band Screen Door Porch, for his eclectic solo ramblings, the quartet Aaron Davis & the Mystery Machine, and as studio engineer and session musician at his own Three Hearted Recording Studio in Hoback. He was awarded a Music Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts and Wyoming Arts Council for 2021.
Songwriter’s Alley: Session 147 is 6:30-9:30 Thursday at the Silver Dollar Showroom. Free. Limited seating with masks up and ears up. For more information about the series visit Facebook.com/SongwritersAlley.