4th Annual WYOmericana Caravan Tour

4th Annual WYOmericana Caravan Tour:
Screen Door Porch, Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons, and The Littlest Birds
Described by The New York Times as “a traveling concert circus,” the 4th annual WYOmericana
Caravan Tour is a collaborative music tour featuring an eclectic bill of Wyoming’s top acts. The tour is
a rolling representation of Wyoming’s burgeoning songwriter scene—a blend of Americana, funk,
bluegrass, rock ’n’ roll, groove, soul, folk, country-blues and beyond. Featuring three engaging acts and a
dozen musicians “caravanning” down the road together, bands perform individual sets with a heap of adlibbed
collaborations. A “Last Waltz” style encore with all members of the tour closes each show, adding
a camaraderie element absent from most modern day traveling shows. WYOmericana.com
2016 lineup:
Quartet Screen Door Porch (Jackson Hole, WY) delivers a Wyoming- grown fusion of Country-
Blues, Roots-Rock and soulful Americana akin to “Stevie Nicks meets The Band, with Ryan Adams and
Bonnie Raitt hanging out backstage” (605 Magazine). Grooving, electrified porch music is adorned with
the soulful pipes of Seadar Rose and propped-up by Aaron Davis’s gritty slide guitar, quirky banjo
pickin’, and the pair’s infectious female/male vocal harmonies. Touring as a rocking four-piece with
drummer/vocalist Andy Peterson and bassist David Bundy, Screen Door Porch’s third studio album
Modern Settler was voted #1 Regional Album of 2015 by WPR, and the band’s performances from
Treefort Fest to SXSW have been noted by many including Paste Magazine, which called the band “an
impressive musical discovery.” ScreenDoorPorch.com
Sneaky Pete & The Secret Weapons (Jackson Hole, WY) is a five-piece that channels original
music through a lens of “high-altitude stink funk.” The diverse web of inspiration flows from the raucous
street parades of New Orleans to smoky jazz clubs, exotic Latin ballrooms, intergalactic spaceships, and
late-night laser-filled clubs. Debut album Breakfast reached #5 on Relix Magazine/Jambands.com
Radio Chart, during which the magazine observed, “their tight, practiced musicianship is on display and
a pulsing groove remains.” The Weapons have developed a reputation for energetic personas from
stage—just ask the 400+ folks who have been attending their last few sold-out shows.
SecretWeaponsMusic.com
The Littlest Birds (Laramie, WY) After touring the US, Canada and the UK over the last six years as
a duo, Sharon Martinson is reinventing Americana banjo music as a solo act with a progressive-meetsold-
time sound. Her singular banjo playing, hauntingly beautiful voice, innate grasp of traditional music,
and history of the banjo have given her the ability to create a path of her own, following none, and
inspiring many. “Think instrumental virtuosity balanced by breezy, backwoods soul…music that is both
intellectual stimulation and emotionally soothing” (Seven Days Weekly, Burlington VT).
LittlestBirds.net
The WYOmericana Caravan was named the top A&E event in Wyoming by the Casper Star-Tribune.
In 2014, the film WYOMERICANA debuted at the Cheyenne International Film Festival and took home
1st place at the Laramie Film Festival. The rock-u-mentary captures the unique camaraderie and vibe of
the one-of-a-kind tour. WYOmericana.com

J Shogren & the Shainghai'd

Music for your inner grifter.
Hard acoustic roots music from a life lived in loud proportions.
American Holly is the second release from Wyoming's favorite applied philosopher J Shogren. His adventures have taken him from days as a trapper to an endowed professor. He splits his time between Wyoming and Sweden, where he worked last year - unlikely as it sounds - as the King's Professor. Even more riotous, J was a party to the Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the United Nations Team working on climate change.

Since making a splash overseas since his '07 debut. Shogren is getting press across a wide field:
“Blending more styles than we can list here Shogren somehow ties it all together for his own unique sound. Thoughtful and larger than life songs set to a hard acoustic background make for some exciting listening. He's traveled the world and the stories are plentiful in these grooves. At the end of the day though it's Americana at its best.”
- VILLAGE RECORDS

“Like a garden full of wildflowers...there's something undeniably endearing about Shogren's ramshackle ramblings.”
- Performing Songwriter, Jan 2009

Jalan Crossland

"There ain't much to see in a small town, but what you hear sure makes up for it" is the old adage. In Ten Sleep WY, population 307, what you'll hear - more often than not - is a clanky old banjo ricocheting off the storefronts and buttes, like a renegade .22 rifle shell. This clamor is Jalan Crossland, the local trailer park troubadour. His singing voice is as dusty as the Triassic shale hillsides, spinning yarns and painting portraits of the lives and people of the rural Rocky Mountain West. "Gossip is even better when you sing it" says Jalan.

Although playing the banjo is "more fun than poking little chicken heads under the water", Crossland's primary tool of musical expression has always been the guitar. In 1997, Jalan placed 2nd at the Winfield, KS. National Fingerstyle Guitar competition, and 1st in the state flatpicking contest of his Wyoming home. These added to dozens of regional championship awards, attest that his playing is"...so dexterous that when he stops at the end of a song, you realize you forgot to breathe"--The Weekly News, Rapid City SD.

Crossland's songs are vivid, first-hand accounts of life in the small towns and backcountry of 21st century America. Like the people they portray, the songs are tough and honest. They also reflect the tremendous heart and soul of their colorful characters. Even where the warp and weave is of hardship or heartbreak, the songs are threaded with strings of optimism and humor.

Jalan’s lyrics travel in a musical vehicle more akin to a rusty, hopped-up '66' Ford (with 3-on-the-tree) than an air-conditioned Prius. The sound glides along on the wheels of a country music clearly not to be mistaken for mainstream. Old-time and bluegrass are present, but treated to the creative freedom of rock-n-roll.

"More than just a great picker, Crossland's performances feature graceful delivery and genuine character"--Planet Jackson Hole, Jackson WY. Whether performing solo or with his band, Jalan's concerts are energetic, upbeat and fun. On stage, he is as comfortable as he would be pickin’ on his own front porch. This relaxed demeanor disarms the coolest of audiences, pulling everyone onto that porch alongside him, with their luke-warm beer and paper plates full of hot-wings.

Crossland and his band have recorded 3 CDs; 'Poorboy Shanty', 'Moonshiner', and 'Trailer Park Fire & Other Tragedies'. They perform full-time, throughout the U.S., venturing as far afield as Europe and Australia. Jalan has been the opening act on several tours with alt-country legend, Robert Earl Keen, has appeared on television, radio, and in dozens of magazines including The New York Times, No Depression, and Fingerstyle Guitar, sharing concert and festival stages with many of the biggest musical acts in the nation.

"If you're lucky enough to hear Jalan play live, observe the audience. It will be made almost entirely of drop-jawed, glassy-eyed, altogether astonished listeners." -- Panache Magazine, Black Hills SD

"I ain't great at anything, but if you are half-assed at enough things, and roll em all together, you can amount to more than one whole ass." -- J. Crossland

Screen Door Porch

Quartet Screen Door Porch (Jackson Hole, WY) delivers a Wyoming- grown fusion of Country-
Blues, Roots-Rock and soulful Americana akin to “Stevie Nicks meets The Band, with Ryan Adams and
Bonnie Raitt hanging out backstage” (605 Magazine). Grooving, electrified porch music is adorned with
the soulful pipes of Seadar Rose and propped-up by Aaron Davis’s gritty slide guitar, quirky banjo
pickin’, and the pair’s infectious female/male vocal harmonies. Touring as a rocking four-piece with
drummer/vocalist Andy Peterson and bassist David Bundy, Screen Door Porch’s third studio album
Modern Settler was voted #1 Regional Album of 2015 by WPR, and the band’s performances from
Treefort Fest to SXSW have been noted by many including Paste Magazine, which called the band “an
impressive musical discovery.” ScreenDoorPorch.com

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