THEM ON US: Big Apple gets ‘banjofied’

By on June 26, 2013


WYOmericana Caravan

WYOmericana Caravan

Big Apple gets ‘banjofied’

The fancy pants scribes at The New York Times got a taste of real Wyoming Americana – and they were totally jazzed. Michael Segell, who has authored a book and written about music for Rolling Stone and several other publications, got hep to the WYOmericana Caravan last week.

The 14-date tour features music from local and regional artists Jalan Crossland, JShogren Shanghai’d, and Screen Door Porch. Segell caught up with the road-weary troubadours at Pengilly’s in Boise.

About Crossland, Segell wrote: “Onstage, dressed in what might be called cowboy carny (denim, buckle boots and a bowler hat), he is a bundle of loose-limbed energy, a lovable bad boy who alternates love songs about tall women with knockdown banjo tunes about towns known for nothing more than “hard luck, bad blood and beer.”

SDP’s Seadar Rose explained the concept for WYOmericana: “We all like each other and each other’s music and always thought it would be cool to tour together. So rather than wait for some promoter to step in, we said, ‘Let’s just bootstrap the thing, do it ourselves.’ After all, that’s how we do everything else in Wyoming.”

The best part about reading up on our music heroes in the big city paper? Seeing Jalan referred to as “Mr. Crossland” in keeping with the Times’ stuffy and longstanding tradition.


Dr. Brent Blue

Dr. Brent Blue, the physician whose face is most likely to be plastered on the side of a pro-life revival truck, was mentioned in the state paper on Saturday. Blue participated in the 2013 National Security Seminar Fellow at the Army War College’s 59th Annual National Security Seminar in Carlisle, Pa.

Blue was one of approximately 140 citizens chosen from various fields of occupation to interact with prospective leaders of the U.S. armed forces. According to the Star-Tribune, the seminar is the capstone event of The War College’s 10-month curriculum that provides a forum for distinguished speakers to discuss their views on important issues regarding the nation’s security and welfare.

The weeklong event wrapped up just as news broke that the little-known NSA was caught snooping in on emails, texts, phone calls, etc.

Kids better off in Wyo

Wyoming moved up four spots on the latest Kids Count data book ranking states on child and teen welfare, according to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. The report, released Monday by the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation, gave Wyoming an overall ranking of 15th, the state’s highest ranking in many years. The state received high grades for economic well-being (No. 2) but got dinged for lousy health scores (39th).

UnknownFine wine

Food & Wine magazine loved on Bin 22, calling Gavin Fine’s latest JH creation one of the country’s best new wine shops.

Senior wine editor Megan Krigbaum explained how Fine sells every wine he serves by the glass in his Jackson Hole eateries at Bin 22. “Gavin Fine always had a talent for picking good wines for his four Jackson Hole restaurants,” she wrote. So much so, in fact, that Fine told her wine shops in the area call him to ask what he’s pouring by the glass at Rendezvous Bistro or Il Villaggio Osteria.

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