“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 (Industry Executive Bill Bentley’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. Absorbing the subtleties of moments that could just as easily escape a conscious mind is a nuance that Screen Door Porch’s songwriting pair Seadar Rose and Aaron Davis learned to embrace with Pay it Forward, the band’s fourth studio release.
Casting an artful sound with lyrical purpose that nods to Roots-Rock, Soulful Americana and vintage Country-Blues, 605 Magazine nearly hit the nail on the head by tagging Screen Door Porch as “Stevie Nicks meets The Band, with Ryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt hanging out backstage.” It’s grooving, electrified Porch music adorned with the soulful pipes of Rose and propped-up by Davis’s gritty slide guitar, quirky banjo pickin’ and an infectious rollercoaster of a live show, which showcases the rawness of their acoustic heroes combined the spirit of late 60s/70s rock and roll. 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).
Pay it Forward was recorded in an intimate log cabin on the outskirts of Jackson, Wyoming and yields five new original songs. Written by Davis and Rose, the tunes were recorded mostly live with longtime drummer/harmony singer Andy Peterson and electric and upright bassist David Bundy. Keeping with the Pay it Forward mentality, the band will deliberately “leak” the EP digitally in advance of its commercial release. The early release (Jan 18 to 26) means fans will be able to “name their own price” at https://screendoorporch.bandcamp.com/, with the proceeds going directly to American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wyoming. Beginning on the official release date of Jan. 27, physical copies of the EP will be available via ScreenDoorPorch.com and CDBaby.com.
“As artists, we are in a unique position to push for positive change with love in mind, and to be the voice that so many feel they don’t have,” Rose said. “The ACLU fights for our freedoms and puts forth a simple idea—we are all equal.”
In 2015, the ACLU announced it had to lay off nearly all its Wyoming employees because of a loss in funding and Wyoming became the only state without a local office. It wasn’t until last month the organization hired a policy director, Sabrina King, who is based in Laramie. The issues that the ACLU is focused on in Wyoming are things the band can get behind—LGBT Rights, reproductive freedom, Standing Rock, and sentencing reform among them.
The latest groundswell of original music in Wyoming is astounding and Screen Door Porch is proud to be an integral part of the movement. The band’s contributions from both a musical perspective and as proponents of the Wyoming music community as a whole were recognized by the State of Wyoming last year. The band was selected to be ambassadors of the state’s music scene and a national ad campaign followed, which includes a film piece that has already reached over half a million views on YouTube. Around the same time, Wyoming Public Radio listeners voted the band’s 2015 release Modern Settler the ‘Album of the Year.’ 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.
A national touring act since 2010—mostly as a Quartet or Duo, and occasionally as a Quintet—the band has been fortunate to perform at over three dozen festivals including the Treefort Music Fest, Targhee Bluegrass Fest, South by Southwest, 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, Nicki Bluhm, Hayes Carll, Grace Potter, and Justin Townes Earle among them.
Paste Magazine found the band to be “an impressive musical discovery” while they appeared in a full-page feature in The New York Times for touring “The Wyoming Way,” pointing out the band’s impressive live performances and touting Seadar Rose and Davis’s “entrepreneurial gumption in founding the multi-act WYOmericana Caravan Tour, a traveling concert circus.” 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. Rose and Davis created the tour in an effort to raise awareness of Wyoming’s talented and under-appreciated acts. Epic encore sets featuring up to a dozen musicians have become legendary. The tour inspired the documentary film, WYOMERICANA by Square State Film, 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 fellow Wyomingites Jalan Crossland, Patti Fiasco, Canyon Kids, Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons, J Shogren Shandhai’D, and The Littlest Birds. The Caravan tour will celebrate its 5th Anniversary this May.
Step onto to the PORCH and be washed away into the grain!
‘BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR’ lists: Wyoming Public Radio Album of the Year, 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