SCREEN DOOR PORCH delivers a Wyoming-grown fusion of soulful Americana, Country-Blues, and Roots-Rock akin to “Stevie Nicks meets The Band, with Ryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt hanging out backstage” (605 Magazine). Grooving, electrified porch music. For this trial-by-fire Winter 2015-16 Tour, Screen Door Porch will shove off for a five-month-long sojourn dubbed The Drifter Sessions. The Duo will embrace a different town/state each month for a series of weekly residencies and one-off shows featuring Screen Door Porch + Local Friends & Strangers. The States: Kentucky (Nov), North Carolina/Georgia (Dec), Texas (Jan), Colorado (Feb), and Wyoming/Utah (March).
The core female/male singer-songwriter pair of Seadar Rose & Aaron Davis thrive in a space that houses rustic harmonies and “a sort of Lennon/McCartney arrangement and get it right every time” (Americana UK). The band was featured in The New York Times for their “entrepreneurial gumption in founding the multi-act WYOmericana Caravan Tour, a traveling concert circus,” while Paste Magazine recently called the band “an impressive musical discovery.” An honor for the band, the State of Wyoming selected Screen Door Porch to represent the state in a national ad campaign, which included the filming of a national TV commercial, a music video, and an extensive band video profile for the state’s website, all due in March of 2016.
Whether staging The Duo or The Quartet, part of Screen Door Porch’s MO has always been a breadth of acoustic and electric instrumentation, often inviting other pickers to collaborate. The Duo stages acoustic/resonator/slide guitars, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and kazoogle along with a percussive suitcase kick drum and a tambourine sidecar. The Quartet benefits from the support of bass and a full drum kit, a dynamic range of textures that allows for the high-energy swagger of gritty, slide-induced blues-rock to sultry indie-folk and pensive alt-country. 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.
SDP’s first two studio albums—Screen Door Porch (2010) and The Fate & The Fruit (2012)—were internationally recognized in eight “Best Albums of the Year” lists. The band has been fortunate to perform at over two dozen festivals including South by Southwest, Treefort Music Fest, and Magic City Blues Fest, while sharing theater and club bills with some of their favorite artists—Buddy Guy, Sam Bush, Steve Earle, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Justin Townes Earle, The Mother Hips, Malcolm Holcombe, and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. 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 2013, Screen Door Porch became the first Wyoming band to record a session at Daytrotter Studio in Illinois. A sophomore Daytrotter session was released in July 2015.
Screen Door Porch founded the annual WYOmericana Caravan Tour in 2013—a rotating cast of Wyoming-based acts showcasing original music and collaborating. The tour inspired the documentary film, WYOMERICANA, which earned 1st place at the 2014 Laramie Film Fest. The film exposes the rare format and colorful characters that propel the tour.
“On ‘Modern Settler,’ Screen Door Porch has transformed roots music into something much larger…a down home goodtime vibe…sonic hypnosis has set in and Screen Door Porch seem like the only place to live” (Bently’s Bandstand Best Releases, March 2015)
“Screen Door Porch lends an easy Western flair to their more prominent native influences of North Carolina and Kentucky, a combination that goes down as smoothly as top-shelf bourbon.” (Austin Chronicle)
“[Rose & Davis] swap lead vocals to suit the song and songwriter, a sort of Lennon/McCartney arrangement and get it right every time: heartfelt yes, earthy certainly, but never languid. ‘Burnin’ At Both Ends’ and ‘Shift Work’ show both our heroes at their most gritty. The reality is that Seadar Rose and Aaron Davis go together like bacon and eggs. This is the sound of America, untamed and infinite.” (Americana UK)
‘BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR’ lists: American Roots UK Editor’s Top 25, NPR/WPR Best Albums of 2012 (voted #2), Tupelo Honey’s Top 20 Americana Releases, Twangville’s Top 100, Roots Music Reports Top 100 Folk Albums, Wyoming Public Radio Best of Wyoming, Planet Jackson Hole‘s Best Original Album