MUSIC BOX: Keen keeps the party goin’

By on July 23, 2013

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – In the late 80s, alt-country singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen hit the road with fellow Austinites Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt with a few albums and the anthem that would become his signature, “The Road Goes on Forever.” All in all, he has recorded 18 full-length albums. His songs have been covered by some of the greats, including Jo Ely, Lyle Lovett, The Highwaymen and Nanci Griffith. But nothing says more than when you are in a club as far away from Texas as Jackson Hole and most of the crowd is singing along.

Detroit based alt-country band Deadstring Brothers will open the show, spreading a sound reminiscent of The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street.

Robert Earl Keen with Deadstring Brothers, 8:30 p.m. on Thursday at Town Square Tavern. Alt-country. $30., 733-3886.

Beach Fossils camp out

Jackson Hole Music Experience’s Rock Camp has been in full swing since Monday. Glancing at the list of clinicians – multi-instrumentalist Regi Wooten, bassist Steve Bailey, and Berklee College of Music guitar professor Jon Finn, to name a few – you wouldn’t guess that the camp is geared towards aspiring musicians 12 years and older with several of the clinics for all ages and open to the public. Better yet, the camp’s headlining, all-ages concert features a young indie-rock band that has international reach and a vibrant fanbase.

Dream-pop-rock outfit Beach Fossils comes to us from Brooklyn. With shimmering, single-note guitar riffing, literal lyricism, and a generally relaxed vibe, songs are seemingly arranged in the way a jazz or classical piece might be. Certainly, this show fits the generational shift in the direction that music is headed, and rock camp students are going to eat it up.

JHME presents Beach Fossils, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at Pink Garter Theatre. All ages. Tickets are $10 advance, $15 door, available at Pinky G’s, The Rose and

Beach Fossils headline JHME camp; Shooter Jennings and Kathy Mattea bring country to the valley.

Beach Fossils headline JHME camp; Shooter Jennings and Kathy Mattea bring country to the valley.

Shooter in the Commons

The recently remarried Shooter Jennings is the type of country artist that’s not “new” or “pop,” but is willing, rather, to give a musical middle finger to those who are. Jason Aldean and Eric Church were nudged in his music video, “Outlaw You.” Son of Waylon Jennings and Jessie Colter, who is best known for her 1975 hit “I’m not Lisa,” Shooter’s career has featured numerous backing bands since 2004. He has remained highly prolific and eclectic over the years, with plenty of spitfire and social commentary to offer.

Shooter Jennings, 5 p.m., Sunday, at Concert in the Commons in Teton Village. All ages. Free.

Center hosts country star

Conservation and environmentalism are a major focus on veteran country-pop artist Kathy Mattea’s latest Appalachian-inspired release, Calling Me Home, which depicts the coal mining industry’s most pressing issues. The West Virginia native has charted 16 top-ten hits since releasing her first album in 1984, and her long list of awards including Female Vocalist of the Year, Grammy Awards and Country Female Artist of the Year tell the story of a successful artist representing country, bluegrass, folk, and Celtic.

Center for the Arts presents Kathy Mattea, 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the Center Theater. $40 reserved seating at, or 733-4900.

Kirlin brings working class tunes to Tavern

Casper’s John Kirlin and the High Plains Drifters are a rowdy country-grass quartet featuring mandolin, guitar, upright bass and drums. Working class songs that live on the edge of a nasty hangover, such as “Broken” and “I Drink to Forget,” are in the company of The Dirt Daubers and Hellbound Glory. Get rowdy with tales from central Wyoming.

307 Live presents John Kirlin and the High Plains Drifters, 10 p.m., Saturday, at Town Square Tavern. 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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