MUSIC BOX: Sally rod rides into Beck

By on December 9, 2014
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Sally Rod debuts two years worth of work this weekend at the ‘ghee. SALLY ROD

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Driggs-based multi-instrumentalist David Bundy has been a go-to band member in a lot of Teton County bands over the years—bassist for Chanman Roots Band and Calle Mambo, drummer for his own defunct rock trio Johnny Wailin’ and a solid addition for the oh-so-common fill-in gigs. Now, Bundy is stepping to the front of the stage with an electric guitar and his under-utilized voice in an interesting new project, Sally Rod.

“It’s easier for me to play guitar and sing rather than play bass and sing,” explained Bundy, whose slight rasp is reminiscent of Cake’s John McCrea. “I’ve sang harmonies before and had one lead vocal song here and there, but I’ve really been working more on my voice for Sally Rod.”

Along with his talented wife, Rachel Gray Bundy, on trumpet, Sally Rod includes Greg Creamer on bass, drummer Steve Johannes and former Johnny Wailin’ guitarist Bradley Matthews. The unprecedented and ambitious purpose of Sally Rod is a repertoire based on the Song Reader Songbook by Beck. In 2012, Beck released the sheet music for the masses to purchase and make a go of the music any way they see fit. Beck did not record the songs, so there is no reference point beyond the sheet music itself. “Sally Rod” is referenced as a Billy stick in one of the Songbook tunes, “Leave Your Razor at the Door,” and according to Urban Dictionary also means “a long stick used to whip a woman with a ‘hot ass,’ typically conducted through an open car window while the car is in motion.”

“I’m not a huge Beck fan and have never owned much of his music, but my brother is a fan and heard about the Songbook, which he gave to me for Christmas two years ago,” Bundy said. “I’ve been working on putting this project together for the better part of those two years. I’m not a proficient writer, but I did write some parts to the unfinished parts of the Songbook where there were lyrics without chords or vice versa, and chord arrangements were added for solos. We recorded 10 songs at Creamer’s studio and will be putting the final touches on those real soon.”

This will be Sally Rod’s first official show. To check out their sound, visit ReverbNation.com/SallyRod.

Sally Rod, 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday in the Trap Bar at Grand Targhee Resort. Free. GrandTarghee.com.

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See Pat Chadwick perform during Haydens newest night. AARON DAVIS

Songwriter’s Alley adds twist to Open mic format

Over the last decade, Jackson’s local music scene has gradually accumulated more songwriters and more bands performing original music. And for much of that time, there’s been a short supply of informal stages for either up-and-coming musicians or experienced songwriters to try new material, until now.

Haydens Post will be the home of “Songwriters Alley,” a weekly songwriter night and open mic every Wednesday. The format of Songwriter’s Alley will model typical sign-up-and-perform open stages, with the exception of three distinct nuances – original music will be supported and encouraged (though not mandatory), the venue is all ages, and an established local or regional songwriter will be featured each week, playing an extended, MTV Unplugged-type performance with the opportunity to tell stories behind the songs to a listening audience.

The first featured songwriter will be Pat Chadwick, who just finished recording a batch of solo songs at Teton Artlab. His band, The Flannel Attractions, earned recognition in September from Paste Magazine, which highlighted two Jackson Hole bands in naming “nine impressive musical discoveries” in Wyoming.

The weeks that follow will feature many familiar faces from the local scene: Jack Tolan and Bobby Griffin of Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons, Seadar Rose of Screen Door Porch, Michael Batdorf of One Ton Pig, Peter “Chanman” Chandler (of Tram Jam/Chanman Roots Band), and Wyatt Lowe, among others.

To further support and pique the interest of performers that sign up to play a 15-minute set, Haydens Post will offer one free drink and half-off food, while sponsor Melody Creek Guitars will donate an item each week, such as an instrument tuner or strings, for a drawing at the end of each Songwriter’s Alley.

Songwriter’s Alley Open Mic, 8 to 10:30 p.m., Wednesdays beginning Dec. 17 (no event Dec. 24 & 31) at Haydens Post in Snow King Resort. Featured set by Pat Chadwick.

Sign up at 7:15 p.m. Free, all-ages. 732-9027.

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Earthy percussion meets World beat, Flamenco, Caribbean and bluegrass with Gypsy Lumberjacks. Gypsy lumberjacks

Grooving, World-influenced Lumberjacks

There’s a particular flair to Minneapolis-based Americana band Gypsy Lumberjacks, a name that more-or-less describes their sound well. Earthy percussion pulses varying grooves to a spattered melting pot of acoustic World beat, Flamenco, Caribbean, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and folk. The band has been touring around the country for the last six years, most recently in support of the eccentric and danceable new album, Pulling Upon the Strap, which exposes the band’s keen sense of song craft and harmony. A stripped-down cross between Rusted Root and Railroad Earth is perhaps the best analogy, though these fellas have their own thing with vocal improvisations to boot.

Gypsy Lumberjacks, 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Silver Dollar Bar. Free. 732-3939.

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About Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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