‘Troubadour of Trailer Parks’ Celebrates 20 Years on the Musical Highway
Ten Sleep's native son Jalan Crossland's celebration of 20 years as a touring singer/songwriter will coincide with his appearance at the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Beartrap Summer Festival, August 2 and 3.
The Littlest Birds Keep Taking Their Unique Sound Skyward
Come the first weekend of August, their sound will be rising star-ward above the meadow at the Beartrap Summer Music Festival.
Celebrate 20 Years Of Music In The Meadow
We're hard at work putting together this year's 20th anniversary Festival (Can't believe it's been 20 years? Join the club...) on August 2 and 3 in the meadow atop Casper Mountain, and there's a very good probability it'll be the best ever
Sam Bush, Virtuoso: He Takes His Music Seriously, But Not Himself
"Sam Bush is a Bluegrass institution." A true statement, but possibly a misleading one.
Rodney Crowell’s Journey: From Bars and Church Choirs to Diamonds and Dirt
Imagine that you grew up in a remote Texastown with a population of about three thousand. On Saturday nights you played drums in your dad’s honky-tonk band, and on Sunday mornings you went to church with your grandfather, who was the choir director. If there’s a better musical backgrou…
The Littlest Birds: In Their Sparse Western Soundscapes, Everything New Is Old Again
Listening to a Littlest Birds album is like walking into an antique shop and gradually realizing something is amiss: The elegant pieces of furniture are so unmarred they might be new; they even smell that way.
The HillBenders Experience: Not Your Mama’s Bluegrass, and Infectious To Boot
The headline of an article in the prestigious Bluegrass Unlimited magazine sums up the band HillBenders' musical mission in a nutshell: "Making Bluegrass hip again, one day at a time." As a result, it's not surprising that the quintet recently appeared at an event in Missouri tit…
Della Mae’s Long, Winding Road: From Spike Heels and ‘Mangrass’ to Genteel Harmonies
Which one of the five women onstage is Della Mae? Philosophers could argue for a good while between the answers "all" and "none."
Front Country Takes Varied Musical Path to a Winning Season
“We try to bring a modern edge to what we’re doing, and challenge ourselves to stay away from the super traditional material.”
Phoebe Hunt: From Austin to the Big Apple, Exploring the Healing Power of Acoustic Music
“Sidewalks, lovers / Storm cloud covers / Small talk hovers / Take me home…” — Phoebe Hunt It’s more than a little ironic that the most plaintive single on Phoebe Hunt’s newest album, recorded live at the Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas, is the original song &#…
The Band Solas: Shining a Musical Light on Celtic Histories in the American West
Celtic music can be an arcane realm with a vocabulary of its own. Where else can a band’s list of instruments alone run to more than a dozen items, distinguishing between a “tin whistle” and a “low whistle” and including a device known as a “bodhran”?…
Blue Canyon Boys: Old-Time High Lonesome, With Just a Hint of Grateful Dead
The name itself, Blue Canyon Boys, carries echoes of bands from an earlier century. And the audience for the group’s Sunday, August 4 concert at the upcoming Beartrap Summer Festival can be forgiven if they’re convinced they’ve been transported to the golden era when a series of…