MODERN SETTLER Voted #1 Album of 2015 by Wyoming Public Radio listeners!
SCREEN DOOR PORCH delivers a Wyoming-grown fusion of Country-Blues, Roots-Rock and soulful Americana akin to “Stevie Nicks meets The Band, with Ryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt hanging out backstage” (605 Magazine). 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 female/male vibe that turns heads and moves feet. Screen Door Porch is currently in the midst of a five-month-long, trial-by-fire Winter Tour dubbed The Drifter Sessions. The core songwriting/multi-instrumentalist pair of Seadar Rose & Aaron Davis are embracing a different region during each of the winter months (Nov-March), collaborating with various friends and musical strangers that reside in the states they are performing. The Drifter States: Kentucky (Nov), North Carolina/Grand Cayman (Dec), Texas (Jan), Colorado/ Wyoming (Feb), and Wyoming/Utah (March).
Rose and Davis 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 country-blues heroes and the spirit of late 60s/early 70s rock and roll shines through. 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 called the band “an impressive musical discovery.” The State of Wyoming just 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 video profile for the state’s website, all to be unveiled with a performance for the Governor this February.
Whether staging The Duo or 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, often inviting other pickers to collaborate. The Duo stages acoustic/resonator/electric/slide guitars, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, kazoogle, and a thumping suitcase kick-drum with a tambourine sidecar for a snare. The Quartet benefits from the support and personality 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 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. Modern Settler was recently voted #1 Album of 2015 by Wyoming Public Radio listeners.
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 cross-band collaborations while “caravanning” the region. 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: 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