WYOmericana Caravan

A traveling concert circus of sorts: 3 award-winning Wyoming bands showcasing original American roots music.

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

Recently Voted #2 Album of 2012 by the Wyoming Public Radio (NPR) listening audience!

The corridors that link Wyoming’s grand landscapes are a fitting backdrop to the escapades of Jackson Hole band Screen Door Porch—a sound that evokes open space, dramatic textures, and a genuine character that steeps within your psyche. Residing in the country’s least populated state as a soulful Americana/Roots-Rock/Folk-Blues project has its own set of demands and challenges but ultimately, the rewards of a Porch view are forged through introspective song.

The core singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist duo of South-to-West transplants—Seadar Rose and Aaron Davis—have once again covered the spectrum of lush roots-rock to heart-on-the-sleeve acoustic arrangements on sophomore gem, The Fate & The Fruit (2012). Both infectiously grooving and intuitively intelligent, the album delves into subjects of life’s adversities and triumphs, taking chances and getting knocked down, yet decidedly resilient amongst the fray.

The past year has been fruitful and inspiring to say the least. Opportunities to share concert bills with Americana darlings Justin Townes Earle, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Steve Earle, The Band of Heathens and others have elevated the stage. While getting spun at Americana stations coast-to-coast and across Europe, The Fate & The Fruit hovered at #21 on the Euro-Americana Chart and #29 on the Roots Music Report Roots-Rock Chart alongside Bonnie Raitt and Tom Waits. Then the album was voted #2 Album of 2012 by the Wyoming Public Radio (NPR) listening audience, even ahead of breakout band Alabama Shakes. The album earned good words from across the media spectrum, including No Depression, The Alternate Root, Rootstime, Pop Matters, The Deli National, The Mad Mackerel, and 8 of 10 stars at Americana UK, which had this to say:

“[Rose & Davis] swap lead vocals to suit the song and songwriter, a sort of Lennon/McCartney arrangement and get it right every time: heartfelt yes, earthy certainly, but never languid. ‘Burnin’ At Both Ends’ and ‘Shift Work’ show both our heroes at their most gritty. The reality is that Seadar Rose and Aaron Davis go together like bacon and eggs. This is the sound of America, untamed and infinite.” ~Americana UK


Seadar Rose & Aaron Davis

The Fate & The Fruit is a follow up to 2010’s debut LP, Screen Door Porch (2010), which was received with arms wide open and a ticket to ride. The album was recognized in five “Best Albums of the Year” lists: Roots Music Reports Top 100 Albums, NPR’s Best of Wyoming, Tupelo Honey’s Top 20 Americana, Twangville’s Top 100, and American Roots UK, Editor’s Top 25. The album also climbed to #16 on the Roots Music Report Folk Chart alongside Bob Dylan, and the songwriting combo of Rose and Davis was lauded by The Austin Chronicle as “a combination that goes down as smoothly as top-shelf bourbon.” Maverick Magazine made a connection that “Rose’s vocals have the gorgeous drawl of Lucinda Williams, while Davis sounds like Whiskeytown-era Ryan Adams.”

Both albums were recorded at Ramble Creek Studio in Austin, Texas with co-producer Britton Beisenherz and feature the elements that have subtlety taken the project from a jam on the porch to a band with a grassroots following.

The range of instrumentation, song craft and female/male vocal harmonies are at the forefront of Screen Door Porch’s appeal. Coupled with an energetic on-stage show, the band’s magnetism has put them on festival, theater and club stages from coast-to-coast. Screen Door Porch performs either as a QUARTET (female/male vocals with 3-part harmony, acoustic & electric guitars, banjo, mandolin, fretless bass, drums, Wyoming kazoogle, harmonica) or as a DUO (without drums/bass, add Samsonite suitcase kick drum).

Also aiding in the perpetual growth of their fan base, the band has been fortunate to share concert and festival bills with Wilco, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle, Yonder Mountain String Band, James McMurtry, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, The Band of Heathens, Anders Osborne, Malcolm Holcombe, and Jalan Crossland, as well as appearances at South by Southwest, Americana Music Festival (backing Jim Avett), Grand Teton Music Festival, Bear Trap Summer Festival, Jackson Hole Music Festival, Sawtooth Music Festival, Magic City Blues Fest, Nowoodstock Fest, Music on Main Victor, Soundcheck Festival, and Oyster Ridge Music Festival among a range of venues from honkytonks and theaters to Jackson Hole weddings and non-profit benefits.

Hop onto the porch and be washed into the grain!

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The WYOmericana Caravan with J Shogren & the Shainghai'd, Jalan Crossland, Screen Door Porch

Wednesday, May 15 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Gryphon Theatre