MUSIC BOX: Complex Seeds

By on August 2, 2016

The Appleseed Collective double stops, McMurtry MOMs again, and music pupils camp out.

A sundry group of musicians who sew together jazz, swing, classical and Americana comprise The Appleseed Collective.

A sundry group of musicians who sew together jazz, swing, classical and Americana comprise The Appleseed Collective.

JACKSON HOLE, WY – If apple seeds could cultivate the type of string band that is The Appleseed Collective, they’d be worth a pretty penny. At a glance, you’ll see an upright bass, guitar, fiddle/mandolin, and a washboard percussion rig adorned with bells, whistles and cymbal splashes. But this Ann Arbor, Michigan, quartet is a melting pot of diverse influences that figures into some sort of American roots math equation—Bill Monroe bluegrass meets Django swing, quirky Americana, classical and jazz improvisation, Tom Waits-esque rambles, and a theatrical stage show to boot. The band has a few releases including Baby to Beast (2012), Live at the Ark (2014), and Tour Tapes EP (2016). The live show is where the magic happens, and you’ll have two chances to indulge.

The Appleseed Collective, 10 p.m. Friday at Town Square Tavern (free), and Pinedale Fine Arts Council’s SoundCheck Music Series, 5 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Park in Pinedale (free, all-ages). AppleseedCollective.com.

With his harmonica in tow and engaging stage presence, John Craigie opens up for James McMurtry at Music on Main Thursday.

With his harmonica in tow and engaging stage presence, John Craigie opens up for James McMurtry at Music on Main Thursday.

McMurtry returns to MOM

James McMurtry is the type of songwriter that can be compared to a close friend that isn’t scared to tell you the truth, rough edges and all. His songs are often statements rather than jaunts, and on his latest effort, Complicated Game, the adventurous, character-driven set gives more weight to the story of the song than intricate music textures. And that’s not as common as it once was.

As Jason Isbell has said, “McMurtry is one of my very few favorite songwriters on earth. He has that rare gift of being able to make a listener laugh out loud at one line and choke up at the next. I don’t think anybody writes better lyrics.”

Portland singer-songwriter John Craigie will open the show. He’s a John Prine, Dylan and Todd Snider type of writer—engaging, conversational, witty, in-the-present moment, and adorned with a harmonica. Get there early.

James McMurtry with John Craigie, 6 p.m. Thursday, August 4 at Music on Main in Victor City Park. All-ages. Free, donations encouraged. TetonValleyFoundation.org.

Hogan and Moss lay down a lesson in scorch folk at the Silver Dollar Friday and Saturday.

Hogan and Moss lay down a lesson in scorch folk at the Silver Dollar Friday and Saturday.

Renaissance duo

They call it “scorch folk.” Hogan and Moss take pages out of many playbooks—original songs with old souls, Appalachian trad, Delta soul, gypsy swing, 1930s vintage valentine, and gospel blues. And yep, they are from the quirky artist oasis in west Texas that is Marfa. Jon Hogan and Maria Moss are renaissance musicians. Sometimes as a duo, a trio, or a full-band dance lineup, their existence spans all original shows—from tributes to Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, and The Carter Family, to a folk-punk sound that references old weird America. Whatever the lineup, you may just get a history lesson too.

Hogan & Moss, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7 at the Silver Dollar Showroom. Free. 732-3939.

World-class music camp

Targhee Music Camp (Aug. 8 to 11) was once geared towards bluegrass pickers. And while that’s a thread that still runs through the camp, take a gander at any one of the bands on the Targhee Bluegrass Festival lineup and you’ll quickly realize that few of them are strictly a traditional bluegrass outfit. Most, if not all, of those players are well versed in swing, folk, blues, jazz, Western swing and beyond. Instrument categories for the camp include guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, singing, and songwriting (led by Mary Gauthier), while the band-in-residence is none other than The Infamous Stringdusters.

For a complete list of instructors and to register, visit TargheeMusicCamp.com. PJH

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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160803Music_PlanetPicks-2WEDnesday

Martin Sexton (Center Theater); Jens Lindemann (Walk Festival Hall); Songwriter’s Alley Open Mic (Silver Dollar)

THURsday

Sista Otis (Q Roadhouse); One Ton Pig (Knotty Pine)

FRIday

DJ Fiesta Bob (The Rose); Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra (Walk Festival Hall)

SATurday

Jameson Black Barrel Music Series presents Bo Elledge (The Rose); Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra (Walk Festival Hall)

SUNday

Analog Son with Sonny Knight and the Lakers (Village Commons); Richard Brown Orchestra (Center Theater)

Monday

The Minor Keys (Jackson Lake Lodge); JH Hootenanny (Dornan’s)

TUESday

Center for the Arts annual benefit concert featuring Brandi Carlile (Center Theater)

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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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