Wyoming Arts: Give Take Reception, Riverton


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Give Take reception

The Central Wyoming College Gallery invites you to a reception for Give/Take exhibit on Oct 14, 2015, 5 pm – 7 pm. The gallery is in the Robert A Peck Arts Center, 2660 Peck Av., Riverton, WY.

Give/Take exhibition is a traveling art exhibition created by eleven women artists residing in Lander and Laramie. Linked in a focused exploration of “nourishment”, each artist explores how they need, receive and provide nourishment on many levels, including physical, mental and spiritual. The concept is ever more relevant today given the overwhelming amount of choices and information available, and given that the consequences of how we choose to nourish ourselves and others can have far-reaching impacts.

Works in the show present a variety of interpretations of the concept, and invite viewers to think about how they both give and receive nourishment in their own lives. The show consists of paintings, sculpture, fiber, original prints, ceramics, and assemblage pieces.

Give/Take Exhibition artists include, Dannine Donaho, Virginia Moore, Tonya Pepper, Jodie Atherton, Kristin Vogel, Sally Watt, Anne Austin, Lisa Hueneke, Mati Snodgrass, Maggie Kanengieter, and Cristin Zimmer. More information on the artists and their process as a group may be found at http://givetake.squarespace.com/

Give/Take art exhibition will be on display through Oct 27, 2015 at the Central Wyoming College Gallery and will be open during normal school hours. This traveling exhibition is made possible with generous support from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund.


Wed Oct 14, 2015 5pm – 7pm Mountain Time


Robert A Peck Art Center, 2660 Peck Ave, Riverton, WY 82501, United States (map)

Orvis Fly Fishing School Partnership with Snake River Sporting Club




Orvis School Will Be First In Wyoming and Continues to Enhance Club Experience


January 7, 2015 (Jackson Hole, WY) Snake River Sporting Club, Jackson Hole’s premier private club and residential community, is partnering with Orvis and Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School to host the newly launched Orvis Fly Fishing School – Jackson Hole, the renowned outfitters first such school in Wyoming. A series of 10 two-day intensive classes, combining classroom programming and “on-stream” instruction led by Orvis Fly Fishing Instructor Spencer Morton, will be open to fly fishing enthusiasts from around the globe.


Starting in July, the two-day courses run throughout Summer and Fall 2015 offering an in-depth exploration of fly fishing fundamentals and techniques, including tying essential knots, choosing gear and tackle, proper fly selection, reading water and currents and general entomology. Taking advantage of the Club’s premier and private access to six miles of Blue-Ribbon fishing on the Snake River, each student will receive an exclusive hands-on lesson with personalized attention from an expert instructor, for both beginner and expert levels. Pricing is $489.00 per student and includes use of top-notch fly fishing equipment and meals at the Snake River Sporting Club’s Clubhouse. A full schedule of school dates is available at www.orvis.com/schools.


“Jackson Hole is a hot-bed for fly fishing,” says Scott McEnaney, Orvis’ Eastern endorsed operations director. “This is Orvis’ first foray into Wyoming and we identified two great partners in Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School and Snake River Sporting Club. We are excited to host the schools at the Sporting Club— it’s the ideal location for our newest outlet.”


Just one year after reopening, Snake River Sporting Club thrives as Wyoming’s foremost outdoor adventure playground, following a multi-million dollar reinvestment plan by new ownership group, Atlanta-based Cygnus Capital. The Club now has more than 175 members who can enjoy a variety of new and updated amenities, including the completed 26,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse facility, restored Tom Weiskopf championship golf course, new Equestrian Center and a variety of outdoor sporting activities such as 3D archery, shooting clays and more. A collection of turnkey luxury cabins was completed in summer 2014 and sold within four months of hitting the market, resulting in current construction of additional real estate, per member demand.


The continued revitalization of the club filters back into the greater Jackson Hole community. One percent of annual real estate sales are donated to the Teton Education Foundation, with a total of $683,000 donated to the local organization to date. “Reinvesting back to Jackson Hole is very important to us,” says Jeff Heilbrun, general manager and chief operating officer of Snake River Sporting Club. “The partnership with Orvis is another way can serve the community, and we are proud to help bring these world-class schools to Jackson Hole and welcome a host of fishing enthusiasts in 2015.”


To enroll in the Orvis Fly Fishing School – Jackson Hole, please visit www.orvis.com/schools or call (866) 531-6213. For more information on Snake River Sporting Club, please visit www.snakeriversportingclub.com or call(307) 200-3114.


About Snake River Sporting Club:

Located just south of the confluence of the Snake and Hoback rivers, Snake River Sporting Club provides a comprehensive Jackson Hole experience within a private club environment. Situated on 800-acres of verdant topography, the Club and Ranch embrace natural surroundings and celebrate the beauty and ruggedness of the wilderness. The four season residential community and private club offers world class golf on a Tom Weiskopf-designed championship course, fly fishing along the famed Snake River, hiking trails to be traveled by foot or mountain bike, equestrian facilities, archery and shooting clays, children’s programs and more. In the winter, residents and club members enjoy snowshoeing, ice skating, cross country skiing, as well as private Après ski and valet service at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. www.snakeriversportingclub.com


ON THE CALENDAR: 75th Annual Laramie Jubilee Days

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It’s the 75th annual Laramie Jubilee Days this year, and we LOVE this annual event in our hometown! We’re very excited to be sponsors this year – look for our logo at the rodeos, and we hope to see you in the stands! Also our Laramie Dance & Arts Center will be in the Jubilee Days parade on Saturday morning, kicking up our boots – we hope to see you there, and buzz us at 307.742.6767 if you’d like to join our swing dance group at Friday night’s street dance! (We’ve got some great classes for all levels!) Next Line Dance Party night is Friday, July 31!

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Calendar of Laramie Jubilee Days Events for Thursday – Sunday, July 9-12 …

Thursday, July 9th
10 AM — Mr. T Bull Riding Golf Tournament, Laramie Country Club
4:45 PM — Flaming Gorge Jalapeno Contest, Downtown Laramie
5:30-Midnight — Live Music, Downtown Laramie
7 PM — Mr. T Extreme Bull Riding, Albany County Fairgrounds 

Friday, July 10th
6-9 AM — Jeff Thompson Pancake Breakfast hosted by DLBA and Kiwanis, North Depot Park, Downtown Laramie*
7 AM — PRCA Rodeo Slack, Albany County Fairgrounds
11 AM-2 PM — Wyoming State Celebration, Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site*
                          Live Music, Downtown Laramie
3 PM — Farmer’s Market, Downtown Laramie*
           Maurice’s Fashion Show, Downtown Laramie*
2:30-5:30 PM — Live Music, Downtown Laramie Stage
6:30 PM — PRCA Rodeo Performance, Albany County Fairgrounds
6-8:45 PM — Live Music, Downtown Laramie
9:15-Midnight — Live Music, Downtown Laramie 

Saturday, July 11th
10 AM — Parade, Downtown Laramie
11 AM — Hits 106 Chili Cook-off, Downtown Laramie*
11-2 PM — Live Music, Downtown Laramie Stage
11 AM-3 PM — Laramie Cowbelles BBQ, Downtown Laramie*
ACPE Ice Cream Social, Ace Parking Lot*
Noon-11 PM — Carnival, Downtown Laramie
1-6 PM — Downtown Laramie Brew Fest, North Depot Park, Downtown Laramie*
1 PM — Queens Luncheon, Cavalryman Supper Club
2:30-5:30 PM — Live Music, Downtown Laramie Stage
6-8:30 PM — Live Music, Downtown Laramie Stage
6:30 PM — PRCA Rodeo Performance, Albany County Fairgrounds
9-Midnight — Live Music
, Downtown Laramie
9:30 PM (after PRCA) — WPRA Barrel Racing Slack, Albany County Fairgrounds 

Sunday, July 12th
10 AM-3 PM — Jubilee Fest on the Ivinson Lawn, Laramie Plains Museum*
1 PM — PRCA Rodeo Performance, Albany County Fairgrounds

WY Highway Patrol Trooper Injured near Cody


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From a two-part release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol…

A Wyoming State Trooper was injured yesterday in a two vehicle crash on US Highway 14/16/20. The crash occurred near mile post 33 at the entrance of the Yellowstone Valley Inn west of Cody, Wyoming at 2:11 p.m. The trooper was traveling east on US 14/16/20. A westbound commercial truck with trailer had slowed to turn left into the Yellowstone Valley Inn. The driver turned left and failed to yield to the eastbound trooper. The trooper utilized emergency braking and swerved right in an attempt to avoid the truck. A head on collision was avoided, but the two vehicles still collided. The trooper involved in yesterday’s two vehicle crash west of Cody was Trooper Rodney Miears who is a five year Patrol veteran stationed out of Cody.

The collision pushed the patrol vehicle into the ditch and pinned the trooper in the patrol vehicle. Motorists did stop to help the trooper, but extrication by the fire department was required to get the trooper out. The trooper has been transported to West Park Hospital in Cody. The trooper’s injuries are not life threatening and the trooper is expected to be released from the hospital today. The driver of the commercial truck

Both Trooper Miears and the commercial driver were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. The driver was cited for failing to yield to oncoming traffic while making a left turn.

Trooper Miears was released from the hospital yesterday afternoon and is at home recovering. He is expected to return back to full duty after a few scheduled days off. Thank you to all of the concerned citizens who initially came to Trooper Miears’ aid as well as the Park County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming State Parks, Cody Fire District and the West Park Ambulance and Hospital staff that responded.


Peter Arnold & the Harlequin Duck of Yellowstone National Park






We We really appreciate Peter Arnold for sharing his incredible fine-feathered friend photography with us! When I saw this I knew I had to share it … Peter goes on to explain his recent Yellowstone trip, his photography – and yup, the pictures are by him as well! Talented guy!

Oh my did we have a good day.  My purpose in coming to Yellowstone in mid-May was to photograph the Harlequin Duck.  Ruth has been quite patient with my pursuit and her patience paid off today.


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I suppose Wood Ducks may rival these guys in coloring and good looks and maybe it is because Harlequins are relatively rare in Wyoming but I sure am won over by their beauty.  They are found in the LeHardy Rapids of the Yellowstone River primarily during the month of May after which they dissipate to nest in less public places in the Park and northwest as far as Alaska.


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The Park Service has been kind enough to construct a wooden walkway and platforms near where the ducks feed making ideal spots from which to photograph these beauties.

Other birds seen (on this trip) include Barrow’s Goldeneye, Eared Grebe, Killdeer, Ravens of course and Mergansers.

April 20, 2015 Interstate 80 Wreck Near Laramie

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From the Wyoming Highway Patrol…

For the second time in less than five days, Interstate 80 is closed due to a major vehicle pileup approximately 18 miles west of Laramie at mile post 292.

Dense fog and light slush conditions are being cited as contributing factors in this crash. Initial reports are that two commercial vehicles crashed with each other at approximately 8:00 a.m. today causing one of the trucks to jackknife in both lanes of I 80 westbound. After the jackknife, the chain reaction of crashes began as multiple westbound vehicles crashed into the jackknifed truck and each other.

Very preliminary information has approximately 21 – 40 vehicles involved. Multiple injuries and one fatality have been confirmed. The investigation and cleanup has been hampered due to a large fire that is still burning from the crash with a 22,000 gallon tanker of Butyl Cellosolve (hazardous material) involved in the fire.

We ask that motorists waiting at the road closed gates be patient and check www.wyoroad.info or call 1-888-WYO-ROAD for updates when the interstate will reopen.


The Living Wyoming SE WY Hardcover Book now taking orders


The Living Wyoming: A Photographic Tribute, Exploring the Southeast Quadrant

Read about Rich, Bo and their books in our upcoming Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine Spring & Early Summer 2015 issue – almost complete!

The first hardcover “The Living Wyoming: A Photographic Tribute” book, by Rich Rosenfeld and Robert (Bo) Edgerton, will be released and available for shipping on June 10th. Pre-order your copy between March 25th and April 19th, all of which will be hand numbered and signed by both contributors. ONLY pre-ordered books will be hand numbered and signed. Pricing on pre-orders will be $38.95 each and will include postage within the lower 48 states. As an added bonuses, for ALL pre-orders, Bo will be giving out a “PDC” Promotion Discount Code for 10% off any image from the book that you would like to have printed. Any Size! AND we will also offer those that pre-order the first book, a 10% discount when they pre-order our second book, covering the Southwest Quadrant, when it becomes available.

To order you can either go to “The Living Wyoming” Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Living-Wyoming/197620580418258. Use the link on the left side of the page or type the link into your browser: http://peachtree287.wix.com/the-living-wyoming or go to the Mystic Light Images page athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Mystic-Light-Images/526794460733940where Bo will have the information and links pinned to the top.
Please contact Rich & Bo by e-mail at: peachtree287@gmail.com – if you have any problems ordering or have any questions.

Sheridan Instameet February 28, 2015

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Sheridan Instagrammers met on February 28 and toured the city, taking & sharing their pics under the hashtag #sheridanshooters2015 and #sheridanshooters228 … Here are a few from Sheridan Brand and @jenaen … and if you were part of the event and want us to add your pics, just shoot them our way!

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While I was in Sheridan that day, I couldn't join the party - but wanted to contribute! Here's one of my favorite buildings, the Sagebruarh Community Art building...
While I was in Sheridan that day, I couldn’t join the party – but wanted to contribute! Here’s one of my favorite buildings, the Sagebruarh Community Art building…


Albany County Historical Society Annual Banquet

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ACHS Virginia Dale Stage Station

Albany County Historical Society Hosts Annual Banquet & Presentation on the Virginia Dale State Station 

The Albany County Historical Society invites the public to its annual banquet on Tuesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at the Laramie Country Club with guest speaker William Loyer. Built in 1862, the Virginia Dale Stage Station on the Overland Trail predates the Union Pacific Railroad and is one of the oldest buildings in the area.

Bill Loyer married Carol Ludwig, of Ludwig Photography, whose family owned a ranch near Virginia Dale, 25 miles south of Laramie on US Highway 287 near the state line. The Loyers lived in the 1907 homestead house at Virginia Dale in the sparsely populated ranch community.

William Loyer will detail the history of the area, the importance of the Overland Trail and preservation challenges at the Virginia Dale Stage Station.

Tickets are $25 and include dinner, dessert and the program. A cash bar will be available. Call Elnora Frye at 307-761-1966 for more information or to make your reservations by March 3.

The Albany County History Society was established in 1943 by Mrs. S.S. Wheeler, who saw a pressing need for a group to support the collection, classification and preservation of historical materials from early Wyoming and Albany County.

Monthly meetings are held at the Alice Hardie Stevens Center at the beautiful Laramie Plains Museum located at 603 Ivinson Ave. Meetings are the third Tuesday of each month (September-November and January-May). Various speakers present local history and new research about the great state of Wyoming!

Wyoming Art & Events in March

Click on the image to connect with Wyoming Bridal Expos to preregister for the Sheridan Wedding & Style Event on February 28!
Click on the image to connect with Wyoming Bridal Expos to preregister for the Sheridan Wedding & Style Event on February 28!


Trailside Galleries in Jackson Presents “Wildlife Discovery”

March 2-29 — Reception March 19, 5-7 PM — 130 E. Broadway Jackson 307.733.3186



Bonnie_Marris_REd_Alert_30_x_48_Oil_195000Trailside Galleries is pleased to present its annual “Wildlife Discovery”, exhibition and sale featuring all new works from an outstanding group of nationally known artists who are inspired to paint all things wild! Jackson is the perfect setting for this show as the area is a virtual Mecca for wildlife enthusiasts including photographers, nature buffs and of course, wildlife artists! Many of the country’s most noted wildlife painters will participate in the event, bringing an eclectic mixture of wildlife and natural subjects from around the world including big game animals from the African savannah, North American mammals, as well as delicate birds and aquatic subjects. While the artists each bring their own unique interpretation of animals to their canvas, they all share a deep commitment to the preservation of wildlife and our natural world.

Participating artists include Bonnie Marris, Jan Martin McGuire, James Morgan, Ralph Oberg, Lindsay Scott, Renso Tamse, Adam Smith, Lori Forest, Sarah Woods and Dustin Van Wechel among others.

Wildlife art continues to be one of the most collected genres of art in the country. Given the heightened awareness of global warming and fragile ecosystems, the genre seems to have taken on a whole new dimension, as the artists strive not only to create an esthetically pleasing image, but to have it serve as an educational tool to bring more awareness to preservation.

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Sheridan:  Aaron Wuerker: Recent Landscapes; March 3-31, Artist’s Reception: March 6, 5-7pm at the Sagebrush Art Center’s Invitational Gallery

Sagebrush Art Center is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Aaron Wuerker of Buffalo, WY.  “Aaron Wuerker: Recent Landscapes,” will hang March 3-31 in the Sagebrush Community Art Center’s Invitational Gallery, located in the Historic train depot at 201 E. 5th St. in Sheridan.    The public is invited to attend the Artist’s Reception on March 6th, from 5-7 PM.

Wuerker earned a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 1992 and an MFA from Yale University in 1995.  He and his wife Jenny, also a renowned artist, own the Crazy Woman Fine Art Gallery of Buffalo, WY.  Wuerker states: “My work has continually returned to a realist vision of the landscape: I’m usually drawn to compositions where mechanized forms either mimic or contrast with the natural forms in the land.”

Hours for the Sagebrush Community Art Center are Tuesday through Saturday, 10-5 PM.  See our updated website at www.artinsheridan.com, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Sagebrushartcenter.  This project is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Lander:  March Youth Art Month Celebrated at Lander Art Center



In celebration of March’s Youth Art Month, the Lander Art Center will once again host Lander Valley High School and Middle School Select Art Show opening next Friday, March 6th. This exhibition displays selected works by local youth artists in a wide range of art mediums such as drawing, painting, pastel, mixed media, ceramics and digital art.

The Student Select Show remains a favorite in the community as it showcases the incredible skill and creative expression of young students. Their work is a reminder of the freshness art can embody and be an inspiration to us all. Students are lead by Middle School instructor Melissa Scherr; High School art instructors Jason Dayton, Shawna Pickenpaugh, and Zach Even.

A public reception will be held next Friday, March 6th from 6-8pm at the Lander Art Center. Lander Art Center openings are free and open to the public. Complimentary drinks and appetizers are provided.

Thank you to this year’s exhibition sponsor Lander Valley Education Foundation for their continued support of this show.

Exhibition on display from February 27 – April 4, 2015

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Laramie Dance Center’s Irish Dance Academy Presents “St. Patrick’s Day Irish Night” March 10

FREE Admission, 6:30 PM Gryphon Theatre in the Laramie Plains Civic Center – and YES, there will be BEER to purchase! Come see Laramie’s talented Irish dance community – from six to pushing 60! — performing!


Senator Enzi Page Program – Deadline March 5!

Click the picture to connect with our website & preregister for the Laramie Bridal Expo February 15!
Click the picture to connect with our website & preregister for the Laramie Bridal Expo February 15!

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– U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo, is encouraging Wyoming high school students to apply to be a Senate page for one of the summer sessions in Washington, DC.

The deadline for summer applications is March 5.

“Along with allowing students a front row seat during debates in the U.S. Senate, participants will have the opportunity to explore the nation’s capital and interact with students from across the country,” Enzi said. “The program provides experiences that participants will carry with them forever.”

Page duties consist primarily of delivering correspondence and legislative material at the Capitol. Other duties include preparing the Senate chamber for sessions and carrying bills and amendments to the appropriate people on the Senate floor.

Summer page eligibility is limited to high school students who have completed their sophomore year and will be 16 or 17 years old on or before the date the session begins. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Pages live in Webster Hall located near the Capitol and receive a stipend to cover the cost of the residence. Breakfast and dinner are provided daily.

The summer session is split into two. Summer session I is from June 8 – June 26, 2015. Summer session II is from July 7 – August 7, 2015. The application due date for both sessions is March5.  Applications and additional information can be found by going to www.enzi.senate.gov. Further questions can be directed to Dianne Kirkbride in Senator Enzi’s Cheyenne office at 307-772-2477 or Dianne_Kirkbride@enzi.senate.gov.

Murmurations Over Torrington – by Rob McIntosh

Click to connect and preregister for the Sweetwater County Bridal Expo, February 7 in Downtown Rock Springs at the Freight Station, 603 S. Main Street, from 12-4 PM!
Click to connect and preregister for the Sweetwater County Bridal Expo, February 7 in Downtown Rock Springs at the Freight Station, 603 S. Main Street, from 12-4 PM!
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Click to connect and preregister for the upcoming Laramie Bridal Expo, February 15 at the Albany County Fairgrounds from 12-4 PM!

Our friend Rob McIntosh of Torrington finds some amazing photos… Check out this series of murmuration photos over Torrington, seen at the end of January 2015…

You can also see a fascinating video of what murmurations look like in person here…

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Shop Wyoming: Chalk ‘n Cheese

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Click to connect and preregister for the Sweetwater County Bridal Expo, February 7 in Downtown Rock Springs at the Freight Station, 603 S. Main Street, from 12-4 PM!
Click to connect and preregister for the Sweetwater County Bridal Expo, February 7 in Downtown Rock Springs at the Freight Station, 603 S. Main Street, from 12-4 PM!

Yesterday I visited Chalk n’ Cheese, a delightful specialty shop inside the original Copper Kettle & Antique Fever on South 2nd Street in Downtown Laramie… and picked myself up an equally delightful bottle of raspberry balsamic vinegar AND peppermint fudge sauce. Dinner was complete.

Check out their supply of unique food items, cookware and beautiful antiques to house all of your lovely purchases! Also sign up for their newsletter, where you can learn more about the cooking classes and special events, such as their Valentine’s Day event with food, wine and dessert. Sign us up!

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I chose a delightful bottle of raspberry balsamic and a lovely jar of peppermint fudge sauce...
I chose a delightful bottle of raspberry balsamic and a lovely jar of peppermint fudge sauce…

Screen Door Porch Releases Third Album February 10

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Click on the image to connect & preregister for the 7th Annual Sweetwater County Wedding Expo, February 7 at the Freight Station at 603 S. Main Street, Downtown Rock Springs!

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Screen Door Porch playing the Wyoamericana Caravan event 2014 - Image copyright BHP Imaging of Laramie
Screen Door Porch playing the Wyoamericana Caravan event 2014 – Image copyright BHP Imaging of Laramie

Screen Door Porch Releases Third Album

Modern Settler — Out February 10, 2015


Inspired by Wyoming Landscape And Its Mythic Characters

During The New Deal in the ‘30s, each person in Wyoming received $626 as railroads were being developed as a gateway to the West. The first family to homestead in Jackson Hole, the 12-member Wolff family, was uncommonly musical. Stippy Wolff, a logger as well as a ragtime guitarist and a fiddler, is one of the real touchstones of Modern Settler—the third studio album by Screen Door Porch, out February 10. At the core of the band is the female/male singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist duo Seadar Rose and Aaron Davis, along with fretless bassist Tom Davidson and drummer Andy Peterson.

Aaron came across old cassette tapes of a charismatic Stippy telling stories and pickin’ tunes – he was quite the character and a true modern settler. Screen Door Porch wrote “1937” about Stippy and the hardships of the era. Musically, it’s one of the most improvisational of the album, and highlights Aaron’s signature slide. “Mixing engineer Britton Beisenherz ran the original guitar track through an analog tape machine, and it spit out this unpredictable tone that wobbles and struts,” shares Aaron.

“As touring musicians, you have a personality that is adventurous and nomadic. There are extra challenges in planting roots in a locale like Jackson Hole that is less-populated and rural, but that’s also the beauty of the original Western settlers…who were given land to make a go of it in places like Jackson Hole,” says Seadar. “Wyoming is also the least-populated state so there’s still a sense of wide open space. Ultimately, Modern Settler is about being content and spiritually connected with where we live, being songwriter/musicians here, and how the spirit of place dictates our lifestyle, our music, and our live shows.”

This is Screen Door Porch’s first recording as the current 4-piece unit, a sibling-like chemistry harvested from over three years of touring across the country together. A welcomed 5th dimension quickly developed with world-class instrumentalist/engineer/co-producer Ben Winship who contributed mandola and bouzouki to two songs, and was skillful in arranging vocal harmonies.

Modern Settler also contains a lot of other ‘firsts’ for the band: revealing 3-part harmony, horns, unusual percussion textures (chains and brooms among others), and SDP treatment of two cover songs. “Poor Elijah/Tribute to Johnson” by Delaney & Bonnie/Leon Russell and “Street People” by Bobby Charles were obvious choices—songs by artists that had been recent discoveries and major influences on Seadar and Aaron in between album cycles. On “Street People,” you can here the energetic brass of The Henhouse Horns (trumpet, sax, trombone).

The first song that Seadar wrote for the album was “The Canyon,” which helped shape the album themes and lyrics that followed. “The band had stopped at the top of Dead Indian Pass near the border of Wyoming/Montana and we were overlooking this bottomless slot canyon…the simple beauty and energy of that place. The lyrical analogy that settled was a parallel between ‘the canyon’ and myself. The idea of letting go of my own imperfections and gaining strength through this powerful landscape came through in some of my favorite lines: ‘The orange collides just before the depths of the canyon/In her arms you swear your echoes are just a beat.’”

On the co-write “Chasin’ Homesteader Blues,” Aaron explained, “The central riff to this song is played in open D minor—the only thing I’ve ever written in this haunting tuning, inspired by the great country-bluesman Skip James. We tossed a tow chain for the intro rhythm, while the instrumentation really builds throughout. It was Seadar’s first time tracking banjo, Ben plays Mandola, and Andy is really working those tom-tom drums. We rarely sing long refrain choruses like this, and it showcases the blend of our three voices in a new light.”

“Wicked Ways” is the album single and lead track. “It paints a dark relationship that we can all relate to, and is a big rocker for SDP with dueling guitar riffs, organ, piano, and a epic chorus with big three-part harmonies,” says Aaron. “Sometimes songs come around that you just know is your ‘good shit.’ This is one.”

Part of SDP’s MO has always been a breadth of instrumentation for just four people—acoustic/electric/slide guitars, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, fretless bass, drums, and the signature hand-welded Wyoming kazoogle. And the opportunity to record Modern Settler closer to home opened the door to collaborate with some of their favorite local players including pedal steel player Ted Wells and keyboardist Mark Longfield, who lends organ, piano and Wurlitzer to nearly half of the album.

SDP’s two studio albums—Screen Door Porch (2010) and The Fate & The Fruit (2012)—were internationally recognized in a combined seven “Best Albums of the Year” lists. The Fate & The Fruit hovered in the Top 25 of the Euro-Americana Chart and Top 30 of the Roots Music Report Roots-Rock Chart. In November of 2013, Screen Door Porch became the first Wyoming band to record a session in the esteemed Daytrotter Studio in Illinois. Paste Magazine recently took notice by naming SDP as one of Wyoming’s Top Bands, an “impressive musical discovery.”

In 2013, Screen Door Porch founded the annual WYOmericana Caravan Tour—a rotating cast of high caliber Wyoming-based acts showcasing original music. The inaugural tour earned a full-page feature in the Sunday edition of The New York Times, taking notice of Screen Door Porch’s “entrepreneurial gumption in spearheading the hardscrabble economics of the WYOmericana Caravan, a traveling concert circus.” A documentary film, WYOMERICANA, recently hit the big screen and earned 1st place at the 2014 Laramie Film Fest. The film exposes the rare format and characters that propel the tour.

These Modern Settlers will be touring the Rocky Mountain, Midwest and Southeast regions in April/May.


WLM Note:  We received our copy of Modern Settler and happily have it playing in the car while cruising town with our kids – we enjoy the mellow sound & unique vibe, and my little musical lovers are digging it too… 

Needs of Dubois

A look at Dubois during Day of the Cowboy, posted on Facebook by Dubois Main Street...
A look at Dubois during Day of the Cowboy, posted on Facebook by Dubois Main Street. Click on the image to be connected with Needs of Dubois.

Dubois, WY, by Wind River Country – On Tuesday night, Dec. 30, Dubois Wyoming, in Fremont County, suffered a fire on their Main Street, burning multiple buildings and affecting numerous businesses.

Needs of Dubois (NOD) is now accepting funds to help rebuild the areas affected by the fire. NOD is a volunteer organization with no paid staff and a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit. Donations made to NOD are tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to Needs of Dubois and note ‘Dubois Fire’ in the memo of the check. Send checks to: PO Box 865, Dubois, WY 82513.   www.needsofdubois.org, needsofdubois@gmail.com, 307-455-3173.

NOD will contact people affected by the fire and have them complete an application for distribution of funds collected. According to NOD’s bylaws, please note that NOD pays service providers directly (i.e. NOD will pay bills of those affected by the fire). Also note that 100% of these donations will go to fire victims; all NOD’s administrative costs come from fundraising activities.

Donations can also be given to the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department or the Fremont County Fire Protection District.

When a crisis affects one of our towns, it affects all of our communities. Please continue to support Dubois during the aftermath of the fire as they clean up and plan to rebuild. We are grateful that there were no personal injuries in the fire.

This is tragic for those businesses involved, however the aftermath of the fire is not impacting travel. Dubois motels and restaurants are open for business, and the snow conditions are excellent for snowmobiling, cross country and back country skiing. The Dubois area local events are being held as planned. Additional visitor information for lodging and activities can be found at: www.windriver.org/   www.duboiswyomingchamber.org

For additional information, contact the Town of Dubois: Dubois@wyoming.com 307-455-2345 or Dubois Chamber of Commerce at 307.455.2556 or duboischamber@gmail com.  Special thanks to all the firefighters and emergency personnel who responded to the blaze.

Thanks to Wind River Country for this information & text!