MUSIC BOX: Rise, Rabbits, Rise

By on June 7, 2016

Pacific Northwest quartet Rabbit Wilde has made Jackson one of its many muses.

“I’ve been walking home from Jackson; I tore up these feet of mine; I’ve been sleeping on the carpet; I’ve been dancing down the line.”

— Rabbit Wilde’s song, “Jackson, WY”

Hear the folk-pop sensibilities of Rabbit Wilde at the Silver Dollar Sunday.

Hear the folk-pop sensibilities of Rabbit Wilde at the Silver Dollar Sunday.

JACKSON HOLE, WY – When I first saw in 2013 what is now known as Rabbit Wilde, I had been suffering from a self-induced folk coma at the Jackson Hole Hootenanny. Then, somewhere between a John Denver cover and an overindulgent banjo break, the folk-pop band from the Pacific Northwest hit the stage and brought me and the entire crowd to life.

There has been a mutual affection between Rabbit Wilde and Jackson Hole since the band’s area debut at the Hoot that summer, and they will be returning for the sixth time this Sunday night at the Silver Dollar Showroom.

Miranda Zickler, singer and banjo player in Rabbit Wilde, explained one of the reasons they keep coming back to town. “People actually dance [in Jackson Hole], instead of being too cool for school like people in a lot of cities,” she said.

When you’re in a band, it can be difficult to gauge improvement during the ups and downs of tour life, but those of us who have caught Rabbit Wilde’s local gigs have witnessed their progression from crowd-pleasers to compelling songwriters. The group has been on an artistic tear for the past year, following up their five-song Southern Winters EP of 2015 with their second full-length album, The Heartland, released this past February.

As a quartet employing vocal harmonies, banjo, cello, ukulele, mandolin, guitar and various percussive surfaces, the members of Rabbit Wilde each contributed unique parts to their new recordings, dramatically altering the early sketches of each song.

“It was a super collaborative process across the board with all four of us that definitely made our music much stronger,” explained Nathan Hamer, singer and ukulele player in the band. “As a writer, it’s really nice to be able to go, ‘I have this song, but I don’t think it’s quite complete,’ and then it becomes this whole new beast once everyone comes together.”

Boosted by their new music, and the addition of a close-knit management and publicity team, Rabbit Wilde is regularly selling out big rooms in Seattle and Bellingham, Washington. They will play the Emerald City’s beloved Bumbershoot festival for the first time this Labor Day weekend. Having played South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and the Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho this past March, the band continues to attract new fans beyond the Pacific Northwest.

This time around, Rabbit Wilde will be passing through town on a tour that will take them to the Electric Forest Festival in Michigan. Hamer notes that Jackson Hole is always worth a stop even if there is a little detour involved.

“It’s one of our favorite places to play, and one of our favorite places in the country in general.”

Rabbit Wilde, 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday at the Silver Dollar Showroom. Free. 732-3939.

Grant Farm Part II at the Tavern

In front of the release of their latest album, the eclectic Grant Farm picks and strums at the Tavern Wednesday.

In front of the release of their latest album, the eclectic Grant Farm picks and strums at the Tavern Wednesday.

Grant Farm guitarist and singer Tyler Grant first made his mark on the music scene by winning the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship in 2008, but his band’s sound can’t be pinned down as merely bluegrass. United by their jammy elements, the songs of Grant Farm roll smoothly through alt-country, rock, bluegrass and combinations thereof with guitar, bass, keys and drums. The band’s second visit this year to the Town Square Tavern will give fans a chance to grab their new album, Kiss the Ground, a few days before it is released nationally on June 10.

Grant Farm, 10 p.m., Wednesday at the Town Square Tavern. Free. 733-3886.

Bluegrass from The Blackberry Bushes

Hailing from Seattle, The Blackberry Bushes bring folk and grass to Town Square Tavern on Tuesday.

Hailing from Seattle, The Blackberry Bushes bring folk and grass to Town Square Tavern on Tuesday.

If Sunday’s Rabbit Wilde show leaves you wanting more folk sounds from the Pacific Northwest, The Blackberry Bushes will be bringing their refined bluegrass and Americana back to Jackson on Tuesday night. The Seattle-based musicians center their vibrant songs around the singing and picking of guitarist Jes Raymond, with the virtuosic fiddle playing and expressive arrangements of her longtime collaborator and husband, Jakob Breitbach. Also featuring a mandolinist and bassist for their show at the Town Square Tavern, The Blackberry Bushes will be playing songs from their 2015 album, Three Red Feathers.

The Blackberry Bushes, 10 p.m., Tuesday at the Town Square Tavern. Free. 733-3886. PJH

A lover of sad songs in our happy valley, Patrick Chadwick is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and a content writer for local businesses.

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160608Music_PlanetPicks-2WEDnesday

Grant Farm (Town Square Tavern); Songwriter’s Alley Open Mic (Silver Dollar); Vinyl Night (The Rose)

THURsday

BOGDOG (Town Square Tavern); Major Zephyr (Silver Dollar); Salsa Night (The Rose)

FRIday

Three Rivers (Silver Dollar); Switchback (Town Square Tavern); Jay Alm and Stonewall Riot (Pinky G’s)

SATurday

DJ Therapy (Town Square Tavern); Three Rivers (Silver Dollar)

SUNday

Rabbit Wilde (Silver Dollar); Stagecoach Band (Stagecoach)

Monday

The Jackson Hole Hootenanny (Dornan’s)

TUESday

The Blackberry Bushes (Town Square Tavern); Bluegrass Tuesday featuring One Ton Pig (Silver Dollar)

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