MUSIC BOX: Summer of jams

By on June 16, 2015

Releases, lineups for concerts in the Hole

Cutline: A rare chance to hear live country at the Pink Garter happens Friday with prolific country man Aaron Watson.

Cutline: A rare chance to hear live country at the Pink Garter happens Friday with prolific country man Aaron Watson.

Michael Batdorf releases Beyond the Mask

Michael Batdorf is a remarkable songwriter who takes his craft very seriously.

“If my songs can have lives of their own, walk the soils of the earth, hear all the stories to be told, and give a deeper appreciation to humanity, as stewards of this planet, then I have done my job,” he said.

“Beyond the Mask,” Batdorf’s seventh release, is a collection of songs that together beckon us to quickly mend our relationship with the earth. “The pressure changed and I felt the pang of the mother question why,” Batdorf sings in his song “Waynoka.”

Jackson residents may recognize Batdorf as the frontman of bluegrass band One Ton Pig, but as a solo artist he stands on solid ground. Tonight Batdorf is fired up to share “Beyond the Mask” with his hometown crowd at the newly remodeled Silver Dollar Showroom. The release will be a listening event with table and chair seating apart from the normal bar environment. He’ll also be telling stories about the songs in between sets, which will add a special element of intimacy.

Ace fiddler Matt Herron will be joining Batdorf for this one-of-a-kind listening experience. Doors at 6 p.m. and the show is at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15. More online at

Love for Jackson Hole Live

Summer has become synonymous with free music at Snow King Ball Park. With the dirt infield now covered in lush green grass, barefoot boogying will be better than ever.

Save the dates for jh live:

Sunday 6/21

John Butler Trio

John Butler travels the world with his award-winning roots music. The group will dazzle you with huge percussive, acoustic riffs and transcendent songwriting. Opener is Anderson East.

Friday 7/3

Jared and The Mill

The group is an indi-folk rock band with four-part harmonies, creative songwriting and a rollicking back beat. Opener is Wyatt Lowe and The Mayhem Kings.

saturday 7/4

One Ton Pig

The bluegrass band (that this reporter happens to be a memeber of) delivers straight knee-slapping, hippy-honking, good-time dance music with deeper songwriting undercurrents. It will serve as a wonderful prelude to the Jaycees awesome Fourth of July fireworks show.

wednesday 7/15

Lyrics Born

This hip-hop artist is bringing his full band to the base of Snow King for what will be one of the best dance parties of the summer. Opener is Craft with Cut La Whut & DJ Londo.

Wednesday 8/5

Shakey Graves / Turnpike Troubadours

This will be epic.  Shakey Graves is quickly becoming the stuff of legend while Turnpike Troubadours is a gritty, country-leaning, no-nonsense roots rock band.

Wednesday 8/12

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

This concert is your chance to experience a modern soul-funk icon of the highest order. Opener is Maddy and the Groove Spots.

Top shelf country

If you are a country music fan do not miss this show. It’s rare that folks in Jackson get to enjoy this caliber of country songwriting and showmanship at the Pink Garter Theatre.   

Aaron Watson is currently on tour celebrating the release of his latest album, “Underdog.” He is playing huge festival stages, theaters and A-List clubs all around the nation. Watson has sung with Willie Nelson and has played the Grand Ole Opry, and he is doing it his own way as an independent. The guy has been steadily building on his career for 12 years, has sold more than 150,000 records, has seven No. 1 singles on the Texas Music Chart, four albums that debuted on the Billboard charts and has attended the Academy of Country Music Awards. But he’s said he would “rather have rewards than awards. My rewards are my family and fans.” The show is  9 p.m., Friday at the Pink Garter Theatre. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. 

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