“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 seems like the only place to live.” (Bently’s Bandstand Best Releases)
“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)
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, casting an artful sound with lyrical purpose 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/70s rock and roll shine through. The fourth studio album, Pay it Forward, is due January 2017.
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 asked Screen Door Porch to represent the state’s music scene 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.
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, Targhee Bluegrass 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, Nicki Bluhm, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, The Mother Hips, Malcolm Holcombe, and Yonder Mountain String Band.
Step onto to the PORCH and be washed away into the grain!
In 2013, Screen Door Porch founded and continues to produce the annual WYOmericana Caravan Tour —a rotating cast of Wyoming-based acts showcasing original music and cross-band collaborations while “caravanning” the region. Epic encore sets featuring up to a dozen musicians have become legendary. 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, which has featured Jalan Crossland, Patti Fiasco, Canyon Kids, Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons, J Shogren Shandhai’d, and The Littlest Birds.
‘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
“[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)