Three generations of solo strummers comprise Folk Café at the Silver Dollar

JACKSON, Wyo. — There have been waves of folk “revivals” since the peak golden era of the mid-60s when key figures Pete Seeger, Alan Lomax, and Bob Dylan had taken cues from Lead Belly, Mississippi John Hurt and others that helped define the genre some two decades earlier. It could be legitimately argued that we’re approaching the end of a forced folk revival, which has obligated more musicians to strip back their approaches in the solitary confines of their home spaces during pandemic distancing. Folk Café will feature three regional folkies this Thursday at the Silver Dollar Showroom—John Sidle, Jake Dulln, and Jason Tyler Burton.

Sidle’s love of Folk Music began around campfires at college outing club trips. As the sun went down and dinners were over, cups of coffee were filled and guitars came out. The old songs of romance and derring-do were sung as the stars danced overhead. Later on, John spent many nights frequenting the folk clubs in the Boston area where he heard many of the great artists of the ‘60s, including Dylan, The Kingston Trio, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and many more.

Dulln is a traveling singer-songwriter, now based in Victor, Idaho. An astute follower of Dylan, Jake guides his mind and hands in an effort to deliver something in between alternative, Appalachian, modern, and lo-fi. Been-a Long Time Since Oklahoma Station marks his second independent album release. He still spends a considerable amount of time traveling to gigs, especially in Colorado.

“Different states and areas of the country call for different melodies, vocal techniques and song-structures,” Dulln said. “I studied math, and that helps my songwriting. And I like Gillian Welch’s songs, along with Fiona Apple and Blake Mills’ songs, and the writings of Jack Kerouac.”

Jason Tyler Burton during the 2020 WYOmericana Caravan Tour. Photo: Aaron Davis

Pinedale-based Burton writes engaging songs that will make you lean in a little and really listen. The veteran songwriter is careful with the places and people he writes about, telling complicated truths with humor and grace. WyoFile has called him “a masterful musical storyteller who manages to balance vivid specificity with relatability in his songwriting.” His album, Kentuckian (2019), was voted #1 Album of 2019 by Wyoming Public Radio listeners and he uses his upbringing in the Bluegrass State as the setting for stories that deal in universal themes.

Folk Alley featuring John Sidle, Jake Dulln, and Jason Tyler Burton, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Silver Dollar Showroom. Free with limited seating.

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