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MUSIC BOX: Screen Door’s third album in the works
JACKSON, WYO – Screen Door Porch is recording its third original LP this week, but it’s a first for the band’s current lineup featuring Seadar Rose (guitar, vocals), Aaron Davis (guitar, vocals), Tom Davidson (bass) and Andy Peterson (drums, backing vocals).
Davis and Rose, now married, first met in 2006 when Rose sought guitar lessons from Davis. By 2009, the pair had moved to Austin, Tex., and by 2010 they had recorded Screen Door’s self-titled debut album with producer Britton Beisenherz of Austin’s Ramble Creek studio. Shortly thereafter, the two moved back to Jackson and in 2012 recorded again with Beisenherz, releasing The Fate & The Fruit.
Screen Door has enjoyed a steady upward trajectory since then, touring extensively on booked summer festival circuits. They’ve shared bills with Americana darlings Justin Townes Earle, Jason Isbell & the 200 Unit, Steve Earle and Otis Taylor, to name a few, recently enjoying a feature in The New York Times for their participation in the “WYOAmericana” tour.
For this album, slated for release in September, Screen Door is recording locally for the first time at musician Ben Winship’s Henhouse Studio in Victor, Ida. Winship will co-produce with the songwriting duo; and they will work once again with Beisenherz using the company as their album mixer.
“The sound of Screen Door has really evolved since our first record,” Rose said. “Originally, we were a six-piece with cello, bass and drums. After the first album and over the years, we whittled that down in the process of figuring out the best sound for what our songs needed. It just kind of happened.”
This LP’s songs are the product of a collaborative and multifaceted writing process and range from pensive to comical, such as the playful “I Wish I was a Teton (Instead of a Butte),” a song Davis wrote in 2008.
“In the beginning, Aaron and I wrote very separately most of the time. But we were still collaborating – throughout every album there are songs we wrote together,” Rose said. “I think what’s really changed about our writing process now is that every song that comes to the table is definitely more of a collaborative thing, with the entire band contributing to the writing process.”
When asked about the musical influences that contributed to the material on this LP, Rose and Davis point to the recent inheritance of Seadar’s father’s record collection, ripe with early blues material. The pair also cite as influences all-stars such as The Band, The Allman Brothers and The Tedeschi Trucks Band.
“I think we’re on the right track,” Davis said. “We’re putting a lot of work into it, and we’re getting enough rewards back to make us feel like we’re doing the right thing. The goal is to always up the ante, play for more people, and continue to tour to bigger and better places.”
Rose feels they have already arrived to some degree. “To me, we’ve already gone beyond whatever I thought possible, so I’m excited about everything that we do.”
Screen Door Porch’s next performance is on May 21 in Laramie as part of the WYOAmericana tour. For more information, visit http://screendoorporch.com.