MUSIC BOX: Grassed Out Locals, Cheap Wax and Country

By on April 5, 2016

Lauren Conrad and Patrick Chadwick team up, KHOL unloads 25-cent vinyl/CDs, Quenby goes West of Wayland.

Lauren Conrad and Patrick Chadwick take over the Silver Dollar Friday and Saturday for a fresh collaboration.

Lauren Conrad and Patrick Chadwick take over the Silver Dollar Friday and Saturday for a fresh collaboration.

JACKSON HOLE, WY – Local gigging musicians often work multiple jobs and are in more than one project, so when the off-season arrives, it habitually means more time to collaborate, work on new songs, or start the new band that’s been a back-burner idea since the snow began to fall. Though Lauren Conrad (of Shark Week) and Patrick Chadwick (of The Flannel Attractions) have been collaborating for a few years now, their weekend lineup of Matt Herron (fiddle) and Tim Farris (mandolin) from One Ton Pig, along with Rob Sidle (bass), is uncharted territory.

“I started singing with Pat when I filled in on some Flannel Attractions shows,” Conrad explained. “He’s got a full voice that is easy to harmonize with, which is really fun.”

A native of Elk Rapids, Michigan, Conrad moved to Jackson 11 years ago. While she always enjoyed singing, she didn’t start vocalizing in public until she was in her 20s. She came out of her shell about four years ago at the Jackson Hole Hootenanny.

“I thought, ‘I know I can learn a song on the guitar and get up there and sing it.’ Once I did that, I couldn’t put the guitar down,” she said. “I started going to Targhee Music Camp every summer and that was very influential on my approach to improvisation and playing leads.”

She founded the bluegrass duo Shark Week with banjoist Jessie Lestitian, and began playing the local gig circuit utilizing those flatpicking skills she’d studied at Targhee. Shark Week’s motto is “a couple chicks gettin’ their kicks on bluegrass licks.” The stage experience was a camp in and of itself.

“[Playing live] has been huge for me,” said Conrad, who plans to record songs this summer. “Singing into a mic and hearing yourself in monitor is really telling and fun. It’s given me confidence and inspired me to get better and write new songs. I also started to learn mandolin and banjo.”

Chadwick was highlighted in the March 23 edition of this column for the release of his debut EP, Soul of Mine, which encompasses an indie-folk flavor garnished with soul-pop, alt-country and more intricate arrangements than his time with The Flannel Attractions.

The repertoire of this thrown-together quintet will blend original music from Chadwick and Conrad matched with covers ranging from traditional bluegrass to The Band and vintage blues a la Otis Redding.

Lauren Conrad and Patrick Chadwick, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Silver Dollar Showroom. Free. 732-3939.

25-cent gems

Jackson Hole’s Community Radio station, 89.1 FM, KHOL, will be unloading more than a thousand CDs as well as some vinyl records for just 25 cents this Sunday. The gathering will also feature discounted beer from Roadhouse Brewing and yard games on the back lawn of the Center for the Arts. This is a good chance for new and renewing members that contributed to the last fundraising drive to stop by and grab their membership gifts, too.

KHOL’s Vinyl/CD 25-Cent Sale, 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Center for the Arts lobby/lawn. Free. 891KHOL.org.

Montana country outfit Quenby Iandiorio and West of Wayland Band bring Sugarland sensibilities to the Virg this weekend. 

Montana country outfit Quenby Iandiorio and West of Wayland Band bring Sugarland sensibilities to the Virg this weekend.

Bozeman country

Quenby Iandiorio and her West of Wayland Band have been traveling from Bozeman, Mont., to play in Jackson quite regularly over the last few years. She blends Sugarland-style country with classic Waylon and Willie-style country, fueled by the drive of The Allman Brothers band. Working as a set costumer in L.A. during the late ‘90s, Iandiorio managed to network and sign licensing deals for her music. Those credits include the 2013 film “Doonby,” and the television series “Deep in the Heart.” She released her only album in 2009 called Long Time Comin’.

Quenby & The West of Wayland Band, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday at the Virginian Saloon. Free. 739-9891.  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.


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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