MUSIC BOX: Farming Virtuostic Riffs

By on February 23, 2016

Pickin’ sensibilities and bluegrass bliss at the Tavern.

Enjoy the bluegrass chops of Colorado’s Grant Farm Thursday at the Tavern.

Enjoy the bluegrass chops of Colorado’s Grant Farm Thursday at the Tavern.

JACKSON HOLE, WY – Twang rock via Boulder, Colorado, Grant Farm is a honkytonkin’ range of bluegrass-meets-Bakersfield style country with plenty of blistering chicken pickin’ and extended arrangements. Led by guitarist/vocalist Tyler “The Champ” Grant—a National Flatpicking Champion and alumnus of Emmitt/Nershi Band and Drew Emmitt Band—the quartet includes Adrian “ACE” Engfer on bass and vocals, Sean “Magic” Macaulay on drums, and Kevin “Money” McHugh on keyboards and vocals.

Impeccable musicianship featuring Grant’s mind-blowing Telecaster riffage is the take away from Grant Farm’s sophomore 2014 release, Plowin’ Time, which reached number two on the JamBand Radio charts. The band recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for 2016’s Kiss the Ground, which is due this spring.

Be sure to check out episodes of their “Meeting on the Mountain,” a collaborative live broadcast experience which includes performances as well as interviews with the musical guests, and gives Grant Farm the opportunity to collaborate with some of their favorite musicians. Find episodes at MeetingOnTheMountain.com.

Grant Farm, 10 p.m., Thursday at Town Square Tavern. $10. 307Live.com, 733 3886. 

Winship + West

Through two decades of sets on the Targhee Bluegrass Fest stage, throw-together all-star combos with Mike Dowling, and stints with his touring bands Brother Mule and Growling Old Men, we’ve witnessed Ben Winship in various ensembles and taking on a variety of roles over the years. Linking up with like-minded progressive pickers that push the boundaries of bluegrass, old-time and obscure folk gems are some of his fortes. Contrasting simplicity with complexity is the entertainment, both for the performer and the audience.

Enter Winship’s latest duo partner, Eli West. A Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist that divulges angular note phrasing and non-traditional improvisation, West has released three records with Cahalen Morrison, with whom he tours regularly throughout the U.S. and Europe. He’s an active ingredient. Also playing guitar, banjo and bouzouki with Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, as well as with John Reischman and the Pine Siskens, West is a new hire for multi-Grammy nominee Sarah Jarosz’s band.

“Eli and I first met backstage at a festival and then taught a few music camps together,” Winship said. “We’ll both be singing and switching instruments, digging into our original material and some of the obscure. Each of the two nights at Dornan’s will be different, song-wise, and we aim to keep it fresh… not over rehearsed.”

West’s latest recording project, The Both, examines two takes on a song. It includes musicians Bill Frisell, Anna & Elizabeth, Dori Freeman and others. A recent Kickstarter campaign raised $11,540 to bring the album to fruition. PJH

Ben Winship & Eli West, 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday at Dornan’s in Moose. $15 at Dornan’s, Valley Bookstore and The Liquor Store.  733-2415. (Also, 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at The Trap Bar. Free.)

PLANET PICKS

WED: Songwriter’s Alley Open Mic featuring Kristin Sell (Silver Dollar), THUR: The Hof Band (après; Alpenhof) FRI: Ben Winship & Eli West (Dornan’s), That 1 Guy (Knotty Pine) SAT: Ben Winship & Eli West (Dornan’s), John Wayne’s World (The Rose) SUN: Dirt Road Band with Ben Winship & Eli West (après; Trap Bar) MON: Jackson Hole Hootenanny (Dornan’s), Tucker Smith & Kristin Sell (après; Mangy Moose) TUES: One Ton Pig (Silver Dollar), Open Mic (Virginian)

Aaron Davis is a songwriting troubadour, multi-instrumentalist, founding member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, and host of Songwriter’s Alley.

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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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