Americana

Studio Sessions: David Wax Museum

Aug 8, 2017
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Husband and wife duo David Wax and Suz Slezak form the core of the band David Wax Museum. Known for their energetic performances and tongue in cheek lyrics, David Wax Museum calls their musical blend Mexo-Americana. On their 2015 album Guesthouse, the band moved into uncharted musical territory, tackling parenthood, marriage, and the challenges of life on the road.

Here's a tune from that album. 

Studio Sessions: Whippoorwill

Aug 2, 2017
Whippoorwill

In late 2016, Wyoming’s alt-folk band Whippoorwill expanded to a trio (original members Staci Foster and Alysia Kraft welcomed Tobias Bank on drums), weaving together guitar, banjo, harmonica, percussion, and three-part harmonies to create tough but pretty songs.

Here’s a video shot at Laramie’s NU2U thrift store.

Studio Sessions: Dauphin

Jul 26, 2017
Photo By Brian Harrington of BHP Imaging from the Wyoming Independent Music Initiative by the Wyoming Arts Council

We’ve all heard of Southern Gothic. In Dauphin, Jason Burge keeps the South in his voice and brings the Gothic out West, where he teams up with Northerner Ray Mitchell for gruff songs with sweet harmonies and singing guitar leads.

Here's a tune from their album Prodigal Songs for the End of Days.

Cosmic Americana Band The Lonesome Heroes On Wyoming Sounds

Jun 14, 2017
Anna Rader

The Lonesome Heroes recorded live on 6/14/17 during Wyoming Sounds.

Studio Sessions: The Black Lillies

Jun 8, 2017
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Roots-rockers The Black Lillies' write and perform songs that blur the boundaries between folk, soul, red dirt country, blues and jazz. Here's a tune off of their latest album Hard To Please, showcasing their 2016 band lineup. 

Studio Sessions: Jalan Crossland

May 3, 2017
Jalan Crossland

Jalan Crossland, considered a "Wyoming treasure," is widely acclaimed by audiences, critics, and his musical peers as being a premier acoustic guitarist, as well as a banjo player, singer-songwriter, and engaging showman. 

Here are two of his songs off of his new album Singalongs for the Apocalypse, shot on stage at Laramie's Gryphon Theatre.

Americana Duo Sally & George On Wyoming Sounds

Dec 1, 2016
Grady Kirkpatrick

Sally & George on 11/23/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Wyoming Sounds.

Florida Americana Folk Musician Austin Miller On Morning Music

Nov 1, 2016
Austin Miller

Austin Miller live on 11/01/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Wyoming Americana Band The Two Tracks On Morning Music

May 19, 2016
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The Two Tracks recorded live on 5/19/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Ben Slater

Dakota Dave Hull is one of America’s premier finger-style guitarists. Based in Minnesota, Dakota Dave logs a lot of miles touring, so here’s a composition that fades out like the highway receding in the rear-view mirror.

Paul Montoya

LA-based singer-songwriter Melanie Devaney’s heart-felt music draws inspiration from her travels.

Anna Rader

Ian McFeron and Alisa Milner hail from Seattle and weave together a variety of American roots styles.

Anna Rader

Hillery Lynn, Birgit Burke, and Pryce Taylor make up the local Laramie band Whiskey Slaps. Hillery has been playing guitar, singing and writing songs most of her life. Birgit has been writing songs, singing, and playing various musical instruments most of her life as well. Their songwriting, guitar playing and mandolin playing lift elements from 1920’s blues, old-time, Appalachian folk and country western. Pryce Taylor joins on electric and upright bass, grounding the songs with solid rhythm.

Anna Rader

There Is No Mountain is a reference to a Zen koan, a lyric from a Donovan song, and an Americana/psych-pop duo known for its catchy off-kilter sonic adventures. The Portland, Oregon based band are married couple Kali Giaritta and Matt Harmon. African rhythms, jazz harmonies, classical arrangements, theatrical melodies, and psychedelic sounds are all a part of There Is No Mountain.

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Asheville based Americana band Underhill Rose kicks off our new web music series, Single Shot Live. Grab a cup of coffee (or your drink of choice) and listen to Underhill Rose and their heartfelt country tune, "Little House".

Centennial based, Americana musician J. Shogren has just released a new album “God Bless These Crooked Little Songs.” Anna Rader produced this profile.