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Every setting has a resonance, an energy that vibrates through the streets and whistles in the trees. The groundswell in Wyoming is being propagated by SCREEN DOOR PORCH, forging a singular sound that nods to Roots-Rock, Soulful Americana and vintage Country-Blues akin to “Stevie Nicks meets The Band, with Ryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt hanging out backstage” (605 Magazine). It’s grooving, electrified porch music adorned with the soulful pipes of Seadar Rose and propped-up by Aaron Davis’s gritty slide guitar, quirky banjo pickin’ and an infectious rollercoaster of a live show. The core songwriting/multi-instrumentalist pair evoke a downhome vibe with rustic harmonies and “a sort of Lennon/McCartney arrangement and get it right every time” (Americana UK), yet the rawness of their acoustic heroes and the spirit of late ‘60s/early ‘70s rock and roll shine through.
A national touring act since 2010, Screen Door Porch appeared in a full-page feature in The New York Times for touring “The Wyoming Way,” pointing out Rose and Davis’s “entrepreneurial gumption in founding the multi-act WYOmericana Caravan Tour, a traveling concert circus.” Paste Magazine recently found the band to be “an impressive musical discovery” while the State of Wyoming is currently spotlighting Screen Door Porch in a national ad campaign, which includes a film piece that was unveiled with a performance at the Governor’s Conference.
Part of Screen Door Porch’s MO has always been a breadth of acoustic and electric instrumentation –acoustic/resonator/electric/slide guitars, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and kazoogle, backed by longtime drummer/harmony vocalist Andy Peterson and bassist David Bundy. The dynamic range of textures allows for the high-energy swagger of gritty, slide-induced blues-rock to pensive alt-country and flourishes of gypsy jazz and folk-grass. The band’s third full-length album, Modern Settler (2015), certainly embraces that palette while depicting colorful characters of ole Wyom and the intense landscape that inspires and humbles. Wyoming Public Radio listeners voted Modern Settler the #1 Album of 2015.