MODERN SETTLER Voted #1 Album of 2015 by Wyoming Public Radio listeners!
SCREEN DOOR PORCH delivers a Wyoming-grown fusion of Roots-Rock, Country-Blues and soulful Americana 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 Venus meets Mars magnetism. 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 vintage country-blues heroes and the spirit of late 60s/early 70s rock and roll shine through.
A national touring act since 2010, Screen Door Porch 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 found the band to be “an impressive musical discovery.” The State of Wyoming is currently spotlighting Screen Door Porch in a national ad campaign, which includes this short film piece that was unveiled with a performance at the Governor’s Conference.
Whether staging The Duo or more often than not, The Quartet, featuring longtime drummer/harmony vocalist Andy Peterson and bassist David Bundy), 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 a powerful rhythm section. 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.
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, Targhee Bluegrass Fest, 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 (WYOmericana.com) in 2013—a rotating cast of Wyoming-based acts showcasing original music and ad-libbed collaborations while caravanning the region. The tour has become a storied tradition in the region due to the camaraderie elements absent from most modern day traveling shows. Carpe diem!
“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: Wyoming Public Radio #1 Album of 2015, 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 2010, Planet Jackson Hole‘s Best Original Album