MUSIC BOX: Wyogrown tour stops at home
Jackson Hole, WYO – While Jackson will play host to myriad renowned acts touring across the United States this summer, the Wyomericana Caravan proves that good music is often grown right in our sparsely populated backyard.
The Caravan is once again off and running, fueled by the success of last year’s tour, which garnered an article in The New York Times, production of a documentary capturing the tour, and the many concertgoers that attended shows across the Rocky Mountain West. This year’s Caravan will again feature the roots rock sound of Jackson’s own Screen Door Porch and the eclectic Americana sound of J. Shogren and Shanghai’d.
Witnesses of the last Wyomericana Caravan may notice the absence of Jalan Crossland from this year’s tour. Crossland’s energy will be missed but the strength and heart of the Caravan is its cultivation of new talent in Wyoming’s roots rock scene. This year Planet scribe Aaron Davis and Seadar Rose, of Screen Door Porch, and organizers of the Caravan, enlisted The Patti Fiasco to round out the bill.
“[The] Patti Fiasco has a great following around the state, and once we saw their set at Nowoodstock last year, we knew that they would up the ante for this year’s tour,” wrote Davis before heading on tour. “Another female-fronted band is pretty damn special too. Alysia has tremendous stage presence and a super-talented band that has played together a long time.”
Wyoming native Alysia Kraft is the songwriter and lead singer of The Patti Fiasco. A recipient of the 2014 Fort Collins Music Experiment Peer Award for Best Front-person, she leads a band that that weaves together rock, Americana and alt-country. Formed in Laramie in 2010 after a meeting at an open-mic, The Fiasco earned Best Regional Album from WPR for its 2013 release Small Town Lights and has performed with Lukas Nelson, Great American Taxi and Charlie Musselwhite. Although The Patti Fiasco is now based in Fort Collins, CO, to gain more exposure, Kraft says Wyoming has played a key role in her songwriting.
“I like storytelling and Wyoming is rife with characters, rugged individualists, people who don’t give a goddamn,” Kraft said. “It’s one of the last real frontiers and I’m forever in love.”
This love for Wyoming will be on display tonight on the Pink Garter stage. With five shows performed in three states under their belts, the Caravan will be in full-stride before stepping on stage. As was the case at many of last year’s shows, it’s likely there will be on-stage collaborations between acts.
“You develop such a deeper respect for one another,” explained Davis. “But also a camaraderie that’s important in this subculture of ours.”
Wyomericana Caravan, 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 28 at Pink Garter Theatre. Ages 21 and older welcome. $12 to $15. wyomericana.com; pinkgartertheatre.com.