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July 18 – Nikki Lane
Nikki Lane’s stunning third album Highway Queen, out February 17th, 2017, sees the young Nashville singer emerge as one of country and rock’s most gifted songwriters. Co-produced by Lane and fellow singer-songwriter, Jonathan Tyler, this emotional tour-de-force was recorded at Matt Pence’s Echo Lab studio in Denton, Texas as well as at Club Roar with Collin Dupuis in Nashville, Tennessee. Blending potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage Sixties country-pop swagger, Lane’s new music will resonate as easily with Lana Del Rey and Jenny Lewis fans as those of Neil Young and Tom Petty.
With Special Guests – Bob Lefevre and the Already Gone
Bob Lefevre and the Already Gone are a 5 piece alt country/rock band from Laramie, Wyoming. Built on the foundation of Bondurant (2013-2017), the Already Gone has been playing in one form or another since 2017, with the latest incarnation adding Mike Krupp on the drums, John Poland on acoustic guitar, and Seth McGee on bass, as well as founding Bondurant members Scott Badham and singer-songwriter Bob Lefevre (10 Cent Stranger, Tie Hack) on guitar. A sure bet for fans of Drive-By Truckers and Uncle Tupelo.
Aug 1 – Southern Avenue
Southern Avenue is an American five-piece funky blues and soul band from Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Formed in 2015, they took their name from a street in Memphis running from the easternmost part of the city limits to “Soulsville”, which was the original home of Stax Records. Rock 103 described them as “the most talked about band in Memphis.” Southern Avenue reached the finals of the International Blues Challenge in 2016. The band won a Blues Music Award in 2018 for “Best Emerging Artist Album”. Their self-titled debut album entered the US Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart at number 6 in February 2017, and reached number 1 on the iTunes Blues Chart. In 2017-2018 the band toured over 15 countries including Australia, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia and more.
With Special Guests – Lost Springs Band
The Lost Springs Band is a Fremont County based cover band playing an eclectic mix of party and dance tunes ranging from blues and country to classic rock and pop. No matter the genre, their sharing of lead vocals and impressive backing harmonies combined with solid musicianship create an engaging blend of tunes bound to get feet moving and toes tapping!
Pictured above from left to right: Scott Gantenbien, Larry Bauman, Marnie Fusco, Tim Ervin, Kevin Tippets
August 15 – The Wood Brothers
Indeed, The Wood Brothers’ sixth outing, ‘One Drop of Truth,’ dives headfirst into a deep wellspring of sounds, styles and influences. Whereas their previous outings have often followed a conceptual and sonic through-line, here the long-standing trio featuring brothers Oliver and Chris Wood along with Jano Rix treat each song as if it were its own short film. The plaintive, country-folk of the album’s opening track “River Takes The Town” gives way to the The Band-esque Americana soul of “Happiness Jones.” The wistful ballad “Strange As It Seems” floats on a cloud of stream of consciousness, standing in stark contrast to “Sky High”—a Saturday night barnburner built upon stinging slide guitar funk. “Seasick Emotions” is rife with turmoil, yet “Sparking Wine” is jaunty and carefree. The end result is undeniably The Wood Brothers’ most dynamic recording to date.
With Special Guests – Low Water String Band
A Lander, Wyoming-based indie bluegrass band featuring Jared Scott on banjo, Joe LeFevre on mandolin/fiddle, Annie Scott on upright bass, and Stuart Cerovski on rhythm guitar. This quartet formed in Lander in 2012, and released their first album of eleven original songs on January 1, 2016. The Low water followed that album with “When You’re Gone” a four song EP released November 2018. Low Water String Band is back for another year of Lander Live!
August 29 – Elizabeth Cook
Elizabeth Cook is a Nashville-based Singer Songwriter from Wildwood, Florida. As a critically acclaimed live act and recording artist, the New York Times lauds her “a sharp and surprising country singer”. A veteran SiriusXM Outlaw Country Radio DJ, hosting her own show, Apron Strings, nationwide for the last 10 years, she is also a favorite of David Letterman, a regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry, and a frequent guest star on Adult Swim’s long-running hit cartoon series “Squidbillies” on Cartoon Network.
In the words of the Drivin’ and Cryin’s legendary Kevn Kinney, “Elizabeth is so far ahead and under the radar you better have a supercharger for that fastback if you’re going to catch up! Enjoy the ride…”
With Special Guests – Aaron Davis and the Mystery Machine
The distance between a sure bet and a Mystery is adventure fueled by trepidation. Multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter Aaron Davis works the lesser-worn corners of the American musical fabric through an unconventional lens. Slide banjo? Detuned guitar made of metal? You bet. From “searing slide guitar” (Country Weekly) in the country-blues vein à la Duane Allman with “a particularly interesting approach that mixes poetry, groove and roughness” (Lonestar Time) to a patchwork of fingerstyle folk, gypsy grass, gritty Americana and soulful roots-rock, Davis has been described as a “truly phenomenal songwriter” (About.com). The fluidity is at the hands of fervent texture experts of a touring brotherhood, The Mystery Machine—drummer Jason Baggett with 3-part harmony via bassist David Bundy and piano/organ/synth man Mike Patton.
Davis’s 9th album and 2nd release under his name, The Meander (June 2019), features The Mystery Machine along with a dozen musical guests from the greater Wyoming musician community. Wyoming- based and Kentucky-bred, Davis is chiefly known as co-founder of decade-long Americana band Screen Door Porch, which toured nationally and became a household name in the region. According to Vanguard Records executive and critic Bill Bentley, “Screen Door Porch transformed roots music into something much larger, a down home good time vibe that induces sonic hypnosis.”
Davis’s songs have landed in various projects including films, commercials, and network television. The New York Times noted Davis’s “entrepreneurial gumption in touring the Wyoming way,” regarding co- production and performances with the WYOmericana Caravan Tour, “a traveling concert circus” that that made waves across the Mountain West. The aforementioned projects have allowed Davis to share bills with some of his heroes—Wilco, Willie Nelson, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Buddy Guy, Sam Bush, Brian Wilson, Steve Earle, Hayes Carll, Nicki Bluhm, Justin Townes Earle, Grace Potter, and James McMurtry.