MUSIC BOX: Summer solstice sounds abound

By on June 18, 2013

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – With Tedeschi Trucks Band, James McMurtry Band, and the 8th Annual Jackson Hole Crawfish Boil in the live music queue for this week, you know it must be Summer Solstice time. Let’s dig in.

James McMurtry returns with band, Tedeschi Trucks Band returns with Grammy. (Courtesy)

James McMurtry.

McMurtry in tow with band

Grit meets raw, poignant lyricism when Mr. James McMurtry steps up to the mic. This Austinite grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records and since his first album in 1989 – Too Long in the Wasteland produced by John Mellencamp – McMurtry set a course that would lead to quotes like this one by Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly: “The simple fact is that James McMurtry may be the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation.”

In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for his Longform Music Video of “Where’d You Hide The Body” and in 1997, It Had To Happen received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album.

This is not your typical singer-songwriter, but rather a rock ‘n’ roll-meets-alt-country approach that will leave you both inspired to live a true existence, or contact your local representative with a political fist in the air.

James McMurtry Band, 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Pink Garter Theatre. Tickets are $20/advance, $25/day-of-show available at The Rose, Pinky G’s and

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Tedeschi Trucks Band

An eleven-piece soul stew

When some of the world’s finest blues and soul musicians roll into town, it’s worth the premium ticket price. At least five hundred of you know this, because the Tedeschi Trucks Band (TTB) concert at the Center Theater scheduled for Friday sold out well in advance.

This is a union made in musical heaven, not just matrimony. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks bring tasteful musicianship from their respective solo careers and a newfound, inextinguishable energy for TTB that is still in its infancy, having been formed in 2010.

The band’s debut album, Revelator (2011), won a Grammy for Best Blues Album of the Year in February, while Trucks, along with TTB bandmate Oteil Burbridge, were honored with lifetime Grammys for their membership in The Allman Brothers Band. The following month, Tedeschi and Trucks were invited to perform at the White House with Mick Jagger, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy. President Barack Obama himself even sat in to sing a verse of “Sweet Home Chicago.”

“As over the top as a lot of that stuff is, the one thing I notice is, it doesn’t really feel any different than being on the road and having successful shows, like on our European tour and in Japan, and seeing the crowds grow,” Tedeschi said.

Tedeschi Trucks, 7 p.m., Friday at the Center Theater. $85/orchestra, $70 balcony. 733-4900;

Git yer Crawfish

No single event has staged this amount of local musician talent on the same day. Featured throughout the day will be Dixeland band Jackson 6, Grateful Dead tribute with The Deadlocks, Americana/roots-rock songwriters Screen Door Porch, teenage funk trio Three Piece Suit, classic rock cover band Uncle Stack & the Attack, traditional bluegrass via Wood Smoke Rising, and garage rockers Black Mother Jones.

Let’s top that off with a ‘Nawlins-themed, family-friendly vibe complete with boiled crawfish, red beans-n-rice, and the same venue and staging you’ve come to experience with Jackson Hole Live concerts at Snow King Ball Park. This marks the 8th anniverary for the Jackson Hole Crawfish Boil and a huge step for local production company 307 Live, which has previously hosted the event at Cutty’s.

JH Crawfish Boil, noon to dark, Sunday at Snow King Ball Park. $20 ticket includes food and are available at Sweetwater Restaurant, Town Square Tavern and at The first 500 people to buy tickets will receive a commemorative Crawfish Boil koozie. 

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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