10th Annual Targhee Music Fest
Bands signed on for Targhee Fest include the Royal Southern Brotherhood, Robert Earl Keen, Buddy Guy, The Wood Brothers, Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola, Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, The Hard Working Americans, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Trigger Hippy, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Hooligans
27th Annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival
Bands signed on for the Bluegrass Festival include Town Mountain, Jayme Stone's Lomax Project, Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, Nickel Creek, Haas Kowert Tice, New Reeltime Travelers, David Bromberg Band, Jeff Austin with Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin, Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne, Sam Bush Band, Chris Jones and Night Drivers, The Travelin' McCoury's, and Greensky Bluegrass.
9th Annual Targhee Music Camp
The 9th Annual Targhee Music Camp will take place August 4-7, 2014. Classes for players of all ability levels will be offered in guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, fiddle, singing and songwriting with some of the best acoustic musicians and teachers in the world, including Jeff Austin from the Yonder Mountain String Band. Many scholarships are available for locals, youth, and general pickers. All the information is at: www.TargheeMusicCamp.com
10th Annual Targhee Fest - July 18-20
Royal Southern Brotherhood
Before they even hit a chord, The Royal Southern Brotherhood have your attention. In the US South, where music is religion, two rock 'n' roll bloodlines tower above all others. In the saloon bars from Mississippi to Maryland, mere mention of the Allman and Neville Brothers casts a magic spell. Conversation falls silent. Pool balls stop rolling. Ten-gallon hats are tipped in respect and beer-bottles raised in salute. These aren't just bands, they're gods, and with a lineup comprising both the iconic Cyril Neville and Devon Allman, The Royal Southern Brotherhood come pre-loaded with expectations. Don't worry: they can match them. The family tree might be auspicious, but this new band trades on talent, not genealogy. It's not about rock history: it's about the here-and-now.
Robert Earl Keen
"The road goes on forever …"
It's not always easy to sum up a career — let alone a life's ambition — so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen's calling-card anthem just about do it. You can complete the lyric with the next five words — the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night ("and the party never ends!") — just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it's the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.
"Every time we would finish a session," says Buddy Guy, "if everybody felt good about it, we'd say, 'Let's do another.' You need about 14, 15 songs for an album, but we had passed 18 songs and I said, 'Man, when is this going to be over?' But they kept throwing songs at me, and every damn thing we cut sounded pretty good. I got the word back that the label thought maybe it was a good idea to put two CDs out—one of them the slow stuff, more for listening, and the other, like B.B. King said, if you want to boogie-woogie all night long."
The result has a title both simple and clever: Rhythm & Blues, the first double-album set of his storied career. But more than five decades into a life as one of the world's leading bluesmen, Buddy Guy is used to new surprises, challenges, and accolades.
Tedeschi Trucks Band
In just three years, Tedeschi Trucks Band the 11-member collective led by husband-wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi has taken its hearty roots-rich musical mix to audiences across the globe and become a proven music powerhouse. Driven by Trucks' signature slide-guitar sound and Tedeschi's honey-to-husk voice, Tedeschi Trucks Band delivers an electrifying blend of blues, soul, jazz, and rock drawing from an ever-evolving song list. Debuting big with Revelator landing a Best Blues Album Grammy as well as a Blues Music Award for Album of the Year, Tedeschi Trucks Band continued that momentum with 2012's dynamic live follow-up, Everybody's Talkin', showing why it is regarded by critics and fans as one of the most superb concert acts around. The group is now touring North America behind the release of its second studio effort, Made Up Mind --which entered Billboard's top 200 at #11 and was hailed by Rolling Stone as "equal parts Stax and Muscle Shoals without dilution of either."
The Wood Brothers
From early in their childhood in Boulder, CO., Chris and Oliver were steeped in American roots music. Their father, a molecular biologist, would perform classic songs at campfires and family gatherings, while their mother, a poet, instilled a passion for storytelling and turn of phrase. The brothers bonded over bluesmen like Jimmy Reed and Lightnin' Hopkins, but their paths, musical and otherwise, would diverge. Oliver moved to Atlanta, where he played guitar in cover bands before earning a spot in Tinsley Ellis's touring act. At Ellis's behest, Oliver began to sing and then founded King Johnson, a hard-touring group that would release six albums of blues-inflected R&B, funk and country over the next 12 years. Chris, meanwhile, studied jazz bass at the New England Conservatory of Music, moved to New York City and, in the early '90s, formed Medeski Martin & Wood, which over the next two decades would become a cornerstone of contemporary jazz and abstract music.
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
Seven-string guitars Charlie Hunter has been playing with drummer Scott Amendola since the 1990s, when they were two-thirds of the acclaimed Charlie Hunter Trio. Following up on their duo release Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead, the two just released Pucker, marked by fierce grooves, caressing melodies, and startlingly intuitive interplay the album is a treat. This type of musical partnership, constantly growing and evolving, is best experienced onstage.
Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers
Amy Helm's deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure to the finest expressions of American musical tradition. Combined with her stunning vocal and other creative gifts, those roots have grown up to reveal a spellbinding artist who moves easily through a broad range of musical styles.
The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. She is a gifted musician on both mandolin and drums, and has clearly absorbed the lessons of the many other accomplished artists with whom she has shared stages, including Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Osborne as well as other uniquely American performers like Dr. John and Hubert Sumlin.!
Big Head Todd & The Monsters
Since their formation in the mid-'80s, Big Head Todd & the Monsters have continued to evolve and explore, moving beyond their Colorado club circuit roots to become one of the most adventurous, respected and durable bands in America. Through constant touring and a zeal to travel down new musical avenues in the studio, BHTM (as their dedicated fans call them) have honed their collective stew of influences into a trademark hybrid sound that's immediately recognizable. Now, with Black Beehive, their maiden release on Shout! Factory (February 4, 2014), the quartet has made its most personal and poignant album to date, a collection of new studio tracks that, says co-founder and figurehead Todd Park Mohr, "allows us to truly reach our audience through the language of the blues."
The Hard Working Americans
What do you get when you take a batch of incredible songs, five veteran players who have never played together, with an arsenal of five musical minds working in unison to reinvent them? You get Hard Working Americans. Hard Working Americans is the self-titled debut from this new musicians' collective. Genres meld seamlessly with the birth of this group, featuring artists from the Americana, singer/songwriter, experimental, jam and rock communities. Hard Working Americans is: Todd Snider (vox), Dave Schools of Widespread Panic (bass), Neal Casal of The Chris Robinson Brotherhood (guitars/vox), Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi (keys) and Duane Trucks of King Lincoln and of the Trucks family lineage (drums).
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
On April 29th, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood returns from gathering the ineffable with Phosphorescent Harvest, their third long playing album for Silver Arrow Records. Having first unshackled the air with Big Moon Ritual (June 1012) and the Magic Door (September 2012), the band –Robinson (Lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam Macdougall (keys, vocals), George Sluppick (drums), and Mark Dutton (bass, vocals) -trucked the realms relentlessly, including a 118-show stretch that never failed to illuminate blank nights to just this side of clarity. Late 2013 saw the fruits of that labor forever captured in the proverbial amber by legendary tape priestess, Betty Cantor-Jackson (Grateful Dead), on the eight-sided limited-edition vinyl release Betty's S.F. Blends Volume 1, which documented a glorious five night run at San Francisco's famed American Music Hall.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is an eight-piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of seven men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. While each of the Birds are capable of lighting up the stage with jaw-dropping displays of musicianship, it's clear they're all focused on delivering the band's infectious music as a single entity. Simply put, the band's live show is explosive.
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers made a needle's-eye leap onto the national music circuit in 2012, bringing with them a refreshing sound, spirited stage show and wellspring of good vibes, along with a turntable and milk crates stocked with their favorite vintage vinyl for backstage sustenance.
Now, the San Francisco-based band and its striking front woman with a girl-next-door demeanor step out with Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, a luminous, heartfelt patchwork of California folk-rock, brisk Americana and show-stopping soul, punctuated with fresh four-part harmonies, crisp rock guitar and Nicki's soaring, nuanced vocals that some critics say remind them of Linda Ronstadt.
Trigger Hippy is a powerful, soul-infused rock and roll band founded by Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman featuring twin lead vocals from multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne and singer-songwriter Jackie Greene who also plays guitar and keyboards. Rounding out the group are lead guitarist Tom Bukovac, who co-produced the EP with the band, and bassist Nick Govrik.
According to The Memphis Commercial Appeal, the bands material draws "…heavily from the members' shared love of R&B and soul — lots of Al Green and Stax, some old blues covers and a little bit of Led Zeppelin and Little Feat thrown in for good measure."
Trap Late Night Shows
Jeff Crosby and the Refugees - Friday July 18th
"I believe Jeff Crosby is the authentic item...if I had half a brain, I would quit playing music and manage him...and if I were signing bands for Atlantic Records, I would have signed him a year ago...I would put my job on the line and never look back" – Jerry Joseph
Muskateer Gripweed - Saturday July 19th
In the powder keg that is the Fort Collins music scene, one band above all others threatens to make a spark. Self-described as an "American Revival Stomp Shake Ass Holla" band, Musketeer Gripweed is easily the most unique act to emerge from the Choice City, which has become a hotbed of creative energy the world doesn't want to miss out on.
Equal parts roots rock, Delta blues, and performance art, a Musketeer Gripweed performance transports audiences to a world long past – one crisscrossed with dusty country roads and populated by highway bandits, snake-oil salesmen, and charlatans.
The Hooligans - Sunday July 20th
Bozeman, Montana based band Hooligans is pleased to announce the release of its debut recording BEGGARS and THIEVES. Produced by Little Feat founder/keyboardist Bill Payne and Vootie Productions' Tom Garnsey, the nine song recording features original material co-written by Garnsey and Payne, guitarist Bob Britten and late Hooligans guitarist David Troy, as well as a couple of carefully chosen covers from Richard Thompson and Natalie Merchant and a reworking of the Appalachian folk ballad "Katy Cruel". Of special significance is "7th Daughter" one of sixteen songs co-written by Bill Payne and legendary Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter this past year. The record also features guest spots from Tim O'Brien on fiddle, New Orleans' own Spencer Bohren on lap steel, Jimmy Lange on keyboards, reggae great Pato Banton on vocals and Alison Garnsey on backing vocals. Beggars and Thieves comfortably and seamlessly straddles several genres of music from rock to blues, reggae to folk and Americana, all filtered through decades of live performance to create a rootsy sound unique to Hooligans.
27th Annual Targhee Bluegrass Festival Aug 8-10
Sam Bush Band
Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush doesn't seem old enough to be a musical legend. And he's not. But he is. Alternately known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, Bush has been honored by the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association. "It's overwhelming and humbling," Bush says of his lifetime achievement award from the AMA. "It goes along with the title cut of my new album, Circles Around Me, which basically says, how in the hell did we get this far? In my brain I'm still 17, but I look in the mirror and I'm 57."
2014 marks 25 years since the formation of the Grammy Award winning roots-music trio Nickel Creek, dormant since 2007. Violinist Sara Watkins, mandolinist Chris Thile, and guitarist Sean Watkins agreed that they should commemorate this milestone with at least a few concerts, a festival date here or there, and maybe an EP of new tunes to play at the shows. But when they convened in June at Chris's New York City apartment for a few days of writing, their creative synergy returned with a vengeance. These practically life-long friends immediately realized they had an album's worth of tunes in hand.
If you're familiar with bluegrass music, then you're tuned in to some of what Greensky Bluegrass does. They're also known to throw a great party, rock n roll, and (if the critics are to be believed) they have great songs. They are unquestionably a team of friends that traverse the country making music they enjoy. What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass? Poignant rural ballads about real people? Dobro tone that Jerry (Douglas or Garcia) would love? Distortion Pedals? Grit and attitude from a whiskey soaked card game? Indeed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
The sound of the award-winning group Town Mountain can best be described as traditional bluegrass, albeit with a rough-hewn side to it that is not too slick or glossy. They are a band of the here-and-now, yet they have a groove that is based on the bluesy and swinging sounds explored by the first generation of bluegrass pioneers of the last century. With the success of their latest album, Leave The Bottle, the word is out with some of their best reviews yet.
Jayme Stone's Lomax Project
This project celebrates the work of folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax Under the artistic direction of award - winning banjo innovator Jayme Stone, this collaboratory brings together some of North America's most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and reinvent songs from the Lomax archive. Our residency program transforms classrooms, performing arts centers and festivals into creative hubs where eminent musicians gather to re-imagine their roots, create new music and share their collective cultural heritage with participants of all ages.
Tim O'Brien & Darrel Scott
Memories & Moments is the second studio album from highly regarded writer/singer/multi-instrumentalists Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, released on their newly formed Full Skies imprint, a compound of O'Brien's Howdy Skies and Scott's Full Light labels. Comprising five songs apiece from O'Brien and Scott plus one memorable collaboration in their timely "Turn Your Dirty Lights On," along with a pair of chestnuts from Hank Williams and George Jones and a spirited rendition of the John Prine classic "Paradise," with its author guesting on guitar and vocals, Memories & Moments is a face-to-face record by design.
Haas Kowert Tice
The Trio of Brittany Haas, Jordan Tice, and Paul Kowert is a confluence of three of the most exciting young voices in acoustic music today. While each member carries an impressive resume of professional experience, it is the devotion to collaboration and the pursuit of a unique group sound that sets them apart.
California-born Brittany Haas is widely regarded as one of the most influential fiddlers of her generation. She grew up honing her craft in fiddle camps nationwide, and came to her unique sound through the old time fiddling of Bruce Molsky and the innovative stylings of Darol Anger. A prodigious youth, she began touring with Darol's Republic of Strings at the age of 14. She simultaneously studied baboons in the evolutionary biology department of Princeton University and joined seminal chamber-grass band Crooked Still. She has toured with them since, and also performed with Yonder Mountain String Band, Tony Trischka, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (her cellist sister), Abigail Washburn, and The Waybacks. She played her fiddle on Steve Martin's Grammy Award-winning CD, "The Crow," and performed in his band on Letterman and SNL. She released her debut self-titled solo album at 17, produced by Darol Anger and featuring Bruce Molsky, Mike Marshall, Alison Brown and others. Currently residing in Boston, she is the co-leader of the Brittany Haas/Dan Trueman band who released their debut record "Criss Cross" in 2011. She also plays in a duo with Swedish fiddler Lena Jonsson and the avant-garde fiddle/dance ensemble 4tet.
New Reeltime Travellers
This fresh ensemble of Oldtime musicians is a super group of sorts, featuring two original members of The Reeltime Travelers (mandolin, Thomas Sneed & banjo, Roy Andrade), along with Betse Ellis (fiddler from The Wilders), Eric Thorin (bass, Mollie O'brien, Open Road) and Carol Elizabeth Jones (guitar, vocals from North Carolina). The Reeltime Travelers played in the North Fork Valley twice in the past, but not in quite a few years. If you caught either of those shows though, or saw them in the movie Down From The Mountain with Emmylou Harris & Ralph Stanley, or on stage at Telluride, RockyGrass, MerleFest, etc, you know this is a band not to miss! They're well schooled in the tradition of Oldtime music but also meld several other styles of music (bluegrass, folk, country) to create an engaging and very entertaining show.
He's played with everyone, he's toured everywhere, he can lead a raucous big band or hold an audience silent with a solo acoustic blues. Here's the story of David Bromberg, or at least some of it...
Born in Philadelphia in 1945 and raised in Tarrytown, NY, "as a kid I listened to rock 'n' roll and whatever else was on the radio," says Bromberg. "I discovered Pete Seeger and The Weavers and, through them, Reverend Gary Davis. I then discovered Big Bill Broonzy, who led me to Muddy Waters and the Chicago blues. This was more or less the same time I discovered Flatt and Scruggs, which led to Bill Monroe and Doc Watson."
Jeff Austin with Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin, and Ross Martin
Mandolinist Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life's greatest passion.
Austin's enthusiasm for the vast, vibrant world of music was rooted in him as early as he can remember: "I was always raised very musically. My mom always had music playing; she always sang." It's no surprise then that Austin himself grew up singing too. From beginning to end of his years in grade school just outside of Chicago, he sang in classes, choirs, and musicals, allowing his musical influences to lead him where they may. "I started listening to Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings," Austin says. "And then the Beatles, that turned into Bob Dylan, and then the Grateful Dead and Phish."
Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne
Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Formed in Boulder at the end of 1989, the Colorado slamgrass pioneers were one of the first bluegrass bands to add drums and tour rock & roll bars, helping Salmon become a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jam grass genre.
Though the lineup would change through the years, the foundation of Leftover Salmon was built on the relationship between co-founders Drew Emmitt (vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin), Vince Herman (vocals, guitar,washboard) and Mark Vann (electric banjo). Following a decade of constant growth and constant touring, on March 4, 2002, Mark Vann lost his battle with cancer. Vann insisted that the band carry on and Salmon did so for several years leading up to an indefinite hiatus in 2005.
Chris Jones & Night Drivers
Founder and front man of The Night Drivers, Chris Jones is a quadruple threat as a singer, a songwriter, a guitarist—and, thanks to his role hosting SiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction, as one of the most widely heard broadcasting voice in bluegrass. His immediately recognizable voice, warm sense of humor and abundance of talent have combined to make him one of the music's most distinctive personalities, and one of its strongest artists.
The Travelin' McCoury's
The Travelin' McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It's always different, always exciting, and always great music.
No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father's work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people's lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.