MUSIC BOX: Steve Earle finally hits Hole

By on July 9, 2013
Steve Earle

Steve Earle

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – A month after getting out of jail and rehab in 1994, Grammy-winning songwriter Steve Earle recorded the acoustic session Train a Comin’. That album is the earliest of four recording projects (some previously unreleased) as well as a concert DVD that is packaged as a new box set, Steve Earle: The Warner Brother Years. Earle is one of the more perceptive and lyrically rich singer-songwriters of his generation, at least in the country-rock vein. And for some reason, this “middle period” appears to be under-appreciated. Definitely, this is a batch worth exploring, and Earle being staged in Jackson Hole has been a long time coming.

The Mastersons are a husband-wife duo that stands on bright melodies, dark lyrics and a dash of sparkle and twang, while local seven-piece outlaw country unit Major Zephyr hones in on new material via singer-songwriter Pete Muldoon.

JacksonHoleLive presents Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses) with The Mastersons and Major Zephyr, 5 p.m., Sunday, at Snow King Ball Field. Free. All ages.

Nicki Bluhm

Nicki Bluhm

A band in full Bluhm

Even before Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers became an overnight YouTube sensation courtesy of their “van sessions” of covers like Hall and Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That,” it was obvious that Bluhm had the vocal goods necessary to guide a country-rock band into mainstream. Even Hall and Oates took notice, which tweeted the video to their friends. Bluhm and the Gramblers are on the brink of releasing their first album as the current unit (scheduled for Aug. 27), which is a follow-up to Driftwood.

Music on Main presents Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers with Screen Door Porch, 6 p.m., Thursday, at Victor City Park. Free. All ages.

 Noise from the desert

The first of six consecutive Sundays of Concert on the Commons will welcome Desert Noises, which sound like the jangly melodic reverb rock of Band of Horses in more ways than it sounds like a band of 21 to 24 year olds from Provo, Utah. It’s intriguing that these guys are this young and producing such quality albums as Mountain Sea (2011), produced by soft-voiced Provo indie folkster, Joshua James.

Desert Noises, 5 p.m., at Concert in the Commons in Teton Village. Free. All ages.

 Sessions of a soulful Congress

Each time The Congress comes through town, its sound grows with a little more soul and a heap of vintage grit. The Southern-influenced, Denver-based trio has developed a patience that often starts slow and groovy only to ascend into Black Keys-esque heaviness.

The Congress, 10 p.m., Friday, at the Pink Garter Theatre. Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons open. $10 advance, $12 day of show at The Rose, Pinky G’s and

 The Trishas major in chemistry

All-female Americana quartet, The Trishas are garnering national accolades via chemistry and collaboration. Four-part harmonies, a batch of co-written songs and Nashville session pros are at the forefront of its first full-length effort, High, Wide and Handsome.

307 Live presents The Trishas, 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, at Town Square Tavern. $8., 733-3886.


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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