Music Box: Roadkill Ghosts haunt Tavern

By on July 8, 2014

Roadkill Ghost Choir. Photo courtesy 307 Live.

[This article has been modified to reflect a date correction. Roadkill Ghost Choir perform at the Tavern on Tuesday. – editor]

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – From Bonnaroo to Lollapalooza, Florida’s Roadkill Ghost Choir is making a stop between monster festivals to Town Square Tavern’s stage Tuesday. A track off the quintet’s successful EP, Quiet Light, caught my ear immediately after being randomly queued on a Pandora channel.

The band has a really earthy sound that rocks the folk, plush with great singing and ample hooks, while also capable of swinging toward either experimental Radiohead or a rootsy Tom Petty sound. The longhaired, early 20-somethings toured with Band of Horses last year, and are set to release a debut LP, In Tongues, on August 19.

“Being on the road teaches you how to really play with your band mates,” vocalist/guitarist Andrew Shepard told Dead Curious earlier this year. “When you’re in a van for a month straight you tend to learn how they operate and it makes for a tighter live band. Touring can be incredibly rewarding or utterly dreadful. It can certainly change how you view and play music. Many of the new songs were born out of the isolation and the loneliness that comes along with constantly being away from home. Our music is not void of hope but you won’t find many feel good tracks or sweet love jams on the new record.”

Here’s another chance to catch a young band destined for arena stages.

Roadkill Ghost Choir, 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15 at Town Square Town. $5. 733-3886. 

Roots + Mountain Reggae in Commons

Jamaican reggae trio The Tamlins – Carlton Smith, Derrick Lara and Junior Moore – reached a broader international audience in the 1970s as one of the most recognized backing harmony singers in the genre. They toured with Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and John Holt, among others. The Tamlins enjoyed a fairly successful domestic career by recording earlier rocksteady hits such as “Hard to Confess.” Out of the Tosh relationship, they developed a rapport with Sly and Robbie, recording a remake of Nina Simone’s “Baltimore” in 1980 and receiving “Best Group Award” from Jamaican Broadcasting Co., Radio Jamaica and the Daily News. They released one album in 1976.

Our own mountain roots-reggae nine-piece, Chanman Roots Band, will open the show. As bandleader/vocalist/guitarist/songwriter, Chanman has been a staple in the local scene for more than two decades, committing himself to mountain-inspired lyrics while being a historian of reggae and rasta roots.

The Tamlins with Chanman Roots Band, 5 p.m. on Sunday at Concert in the Commons in Teton Village. Reggae. All-ages. 

Dubs and Maw for Music on Main

Some bands were just built to last. The Young Dubliners, while not young anymore, is one of them. Eight albums since forming in 1988, the band is often labeled as Celtic rock but there’s much more to its sound including punk, Irish, folk and an extended jam element. Playing an average of 200 shows a year – currently as a six-piece – The Young Dubs have cultivated a following through persistent touring, and being wise about how music is consumed in each town.

Local folk-rock-rap trio Maw Band will open, combining the rhythm and flow of rap artists like 2-Pac and Bone Thugs with the influence of acoustic driven artists Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson.

Music on Main: The Young Dubliners with Maw Band, 6 p.m. on Thursday at Victor City Park. Free.

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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