5th Annual WYOmericana Caravan Tour


May 13, 2017






Downtown Grill


100 East 2nd St. Casper, WY 82601


Aaron Davis


A grassroots ride through Wyoming’s musical landscape featuring… Screen Door Porch + JShogren + Low Water String Band + collaboration Described by The New York Times as “a traveling concert circus,” the 5th annual WYOmericana Caravan Tour is an award-winning, collaborative music tour featuring an eclectic bill of Wyoming’s top acts. The national tour is a rolling representation of Wyoming’s burgeoning songwriter scene—a blend of Americana, world-class flat pickin, rock, bluegrass, folk, alt-country, and vintage slide blues. Featuring three engaging acts and a dozen musicians “caravanning” down the road together, artists perform individual sets with a heap of ad-libbed 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

Casting an artful sound with lyrical purpose that nods to Soulful Americana, Roots-Rock and vintage Country-Blues, quartet Screen Door Porch (Jackson Hole, WY) is akin to “Stevie Nicks meets The Band, with Ryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt hanging out backstage” (605 Magazine). It’s grooving, electrified porch music adorned with the soulful pipes of Seadar Rose and propped-up by Aaron Davis’s gritty slide guitar, quirky banjo pickin’, and an infectious rollercoaster of a live show. Screen Door Porch’s album Modern Settler was voted Album of the Year by Wyoming Public Radio listeners, while the band’s fourth release Pay it Forward (2017) showcases the rawness of their acoustic roots heroes combined with the spirit of late 60s/70s golden era rock and roll.
A finalist in the 2016 NewSong Music Songwriting Competition, JShogren from Centennial, WY (pop 100, 4 bars) has a singular vision of what he is doing musically—Roots & folk music filtered through a contemporary dissonant transmitter. Shogren’s backstory is kinda wild…musician trapper economist who worked for the King of Sweden and President Clinton, was a party to the Nobel Peace prize with VP Al Gore…and writes songs about Salvation and Lutefisk…wild. Known as “Catawampus American music,” Shogren shows up with a lived-in rasp of a voice, acoustic guitars, a mandolin and a batch of his own songs and some well-traveled numbers by cohorts from another time.
Low Water String Band (Lander, WY) is an indie bluegrass quartet featuring Jared Scott (banjo), Joe
LeFevere (mandolin/fiddle), Annie Scott (upright bass), and Stuart Cerovski (guitar). The band has been pickin’ their way out of Lander since 2012 and released their first album of eleven original songs last year. Performances have been turning heads around the region and include Whatfest, NoWoodstock Fest, and Big Horn Folk Festival. Low Water String Band is currently recording their second album to be released in 2017.

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