MUSIC BOX: A Jelly Bread-Sacred Steel Sandwich

By on March 15, 2016

Pedal steelist Roosevelt Collier teams up with funk-rock band Jelly Bread.

Jelly Bread jams desert twang and urban funk rock Saturday at the Mangy Moose with Roosevelt ‘The Doctor’ Collier.

Jelly Bread jams desert twang and urban funk rock Saturday at the Mangy Moose with Roosevelt ‘The Doctor’ Collier.

JACKSON HOLE, WY – While official Rendezvous concerts are getting much of the spotlight, there’s a slew of other shows to put on your radar this week. Of those, it’s Roosevelt “The Doctor” Collier with Jelly Bread that’s been grabbing my attention.

Collier’s foray into a solo career is relatively fresh. Teaming up with Reno, Nevada’s Jelly Bread is his latest foray. Collier grew up among one of America’s finest African-American sacred steel ensembles, The Lee Boys. The family group consists of three brothers—Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals)—along with their three nephews including Collier on pedal steel guitar, Alvin Cordy Jr. (7-string bass), and Earl Walker (drums). Each member began making music around seven or eight years old in the House of God church they attended in Perrine, Florida, where they underwent a rigorous course of training in a variety of musical instruments, including lap and pedal steel guitars.

“Soon as I started playing with Roosevelt, we just locked,” said Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars. “He is just such an amazing cat because his forefathers, they were revolutionaries, and he’s bringing it to a whole new generation, ya know. He’s going to take the sacred steel Florida tradition into the future.”

From NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts to summer festival stages like High Sierra, Jelly Bread has been establishing themselves in the region with desert twang-meets-urban tones of funk and rock. For their 2015 album, Here, There & Everywhere, the quintet linked up with producer/engineer Justin Phelps (Cake, Galactic, The Neville Brothers) to unleash a gospel-soul, southern-fried rock ‘n’ roll set.

Adding Collier to this mix will be interesting, and you just never know who will show up to sit in.

Roosevelt Collier with Jelly Bread, 9:30 p.m., Saturday at the Mangy Moose (following Zac Brown Band). $10/advance, $15/day-of-show. MangyMoose.com.

From Mozart to Radiohead

Crossover classical string quintet, Sybarite5, will close the weeklong Grand Teton Music Festival Winter Series event by performing from a repertoire that ranges from Mozart to Radiohead, and Visconti to Akiho. Members include Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney (violins), Angela Pickett (viola), Laura Metcalf (cello), and Louis Levitt (bass). The Quintet’s five-song 2011 debut EP, Disturb the Silence, features music by Radiohead and Piazzolla, plus original works written for Sybarite5. It quickly reached Top 10 on the Billboard chart. Their follow-up album of all Radiohead material, Everything In Its Right Place, was released with a show at Carnegie Hall in November 2012.

Grand Teton Music Festival and Center of Wonder co-present “Mozart to Radiohead” with Sybarite5, 7 p.m., Friday at Center Theater. $22/adults, free for students (ticket required). 733-4900, JHCenterForTheArts.org, GTMF.org.

Texas songwriter royalty

Two men who have earned their spots in the pantheon of Texas singer-songwriters are teaming up for an intimate acoustic show. Grammy Award-winning artist Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen wrote “The Front Porch Song” together in the late 1970s while students at Texas A&M. A long, successful career followed for each of them. The duo will tell tall tales and swap songs to a sold-out audience.

An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, 7 p.m., Wednesday at the Center Theater. $131 (sold-out). JHCenterForTheArts.org, 733-4900. PJH

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WED: Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen (Center Theater)

THUR: Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons (Music Under the Tram), Slip N’ the Jigs (Silver Dollar), BOGDOG (Town Square Tavern)

FRI: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, with Big Sandy and the Fly Rite Boys (Town Square Stage), Sybarite5 (Center Theater), Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons (Town Square Tavern)

SAT: Zac Brown Band, with Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Teton Village parking lot), Roosevelt Collier, with Jelly Bread (Mangy Moose), Bart Crow (Town Square Tavern)

SUN: Uncle Kracker, with Chanman Roots Band (Music Under the Tram)

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of this 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.


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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