MUSIC BOX: Two times the hype

By on August 4, 2015

Shakey Graves and Turnpike Troubadours at Jackson Hole Live on Wednesday

Shakey Graves and Turnpike Troubadours headline a free show at Snow King Wednesday care of Jackson Hole Live.

Shakey Graves and Turnpike Troubadours headline a free show at Snow King Wednesday care of Jackson Hole Live.

Jackson, WY – The hottest double-bill of the season could be upon us: Shakey Graves and Turnpike Troubadours at Jackson Hole Live. Here’s the scoop on the two acts that are currently on fire, all-the-rage and drawing hordes of Americana fans:

Singer-songwriter Alejandro Rose-Garcia, a.k.a. Shakey Graves, first grabbed the attention of indie music fans with his 2011 album “Roll the Bones,” which became one of’s best-selling and most-streamed offerings. His splice of blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll was presented in a lo-fi package, yet endearing to fans of such raw recordings. His 2014 sophomore release “And the War Came” took him from an up-and-coming Austin talent to a nationally renowned musician, and the album remained in the top 10 of the Americana Music Association’s airplay chart since its release last October.

All Shakey Graves albums have been available as name-your-price offerings ever since Austin’s then-mayor proclaimed Feb. 9, 2012 as “Shakey Graves Day,” which he has utilized over the years as his own indie release date. This includes his latest EP, “Nobody’s Fool,” comprised of previously unreleased demos and B-sides.

As a live act, he’s has been described as both candid and chatty. Shakey Graves gained a fanbase as a one-man-band — singing while playing guitar, and using his feet to stomp on a kick-drum and tambourine. These days, he reaches a more high-energy stage performance with the help of a drummer and guitarist. Perhaps his greatest tool in his multi-faceted musical box is his intensely raspy voice, one that can also be downplayed to sweet yet pronounced.

Sharing the bill is Turnpike Troubadours, hailing from the Red Dirt circuit of Oklahoma. The quintet has honed a gritty, quick-witted sound across three albums that a dynamic blend of folk, country, bluegrass, Cajun, honkytonk and rock with a fair share of political and social commentary. Perhaps the most striking is the simplistic yet nail-on-the-head songwriting of wordsmith/frontman Evan Felker. This is a damn good band, seen in Jackson before during their show at the Town Square Tavern.

Jackson Hole Live presents Shakey Graves and Turnpike Troubadours, 6 p.m., Wednesday at Snow King Ball Field. Free, all-ages.

150805Music-2Center fundraiser brings huge country star

Famous for his choice songwriting, world-class guitar playing and soaring tenor, Vince Gill has earned a measly 20 Grammy Awards—more than any other male country artist. The accolades stack up much higher than that, including a 2007 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Initially making a name for himself with country rockers Pure Prairie League in the late 1970s and early 80s, he eventually found massive success as a contemporary country hit maker.

“In addition to hearing a renowned country music star perform in the intimate setting of the Center Theater, all proceeds from this event will support The Center to ensure top-quality programming throughout the year,” said Ponteir Sackrey, President of The Center Fund.

Center for the Arts Annual Benefit Concert with Vince Gill, 8 p.m, Friday at the Center Theater. $152-$352.

The Gourds’ Shinyribs

Former member of longtime Austin touring band The Gourds, Kevin Russell fronts the project dubbed Shinyribs. The jovial songwriter brings country-soul and swamp-funk mixed with choice covers from the expected (George Jones, Leadbelly) to the unexpected (TLC, T-Pain). It’ll be a down-home party with a world-class band, laidback humor and dance-friendly grooves. PJH

Shinyribs, 10 p.m., Wednesday at Town Square Tavern. $5. 733-3886.

Aaron Davis is an award-winning singer-songwriter, journalist, multi-instrumentalist, frontman for bands Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, and founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley.

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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