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Rising acts stop through Hailey

Express Staff Writer

Usually part of a duo, Benyaro’s Ben Musser will be solo on this Northwest Conquest Tour. Courtesy photo by Aaron Davis

    This time of year two things can be expected to happen: It stays light later and a lot of rising acts come through this valley en route to tours or festivals, trying out new material, often offering free concerts.
    Screen Door Porch and Benyaro, slated for the Sun Valley Brewery on Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m., fit that bill.
    Opening that night is Screen Door Porch, which, its press says, delivers a “Wyoming-grown fusion of soulful Americana, roots rock and country blues that has been likened to Gillian Welch meets The Band, with Ryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt hanging out backstage.”
    Seadar Rose and Aaron Davis have been summed as a Lennon/McCartney chemistry and their two studio albums have been recognized internationally in seven “Best Albums of the Year” lists while also hovering in the Top 25 of the Euro-Americana Chart and Top 30 of the Roots Music Report Roots-Rock Chart.
    Currently on a Northwest Conquest Tour, the duo incorporate acoustic/electric/slide guitars, banjo, mandolin, Wyoming kazoogle, harmonica, Samsonite suitcase kick drum and vocals.
    In the past two years, the band has shared bills with Steve Earle, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Justin Townes Earle, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, The Band of Heathens and Anders Osborne,  and has performed at South by Southwest, Americana Music Festival (backing Jim Avett), Bear Trap Summer Festival, Sawtooth Music Festival and Magic City Blues Fest, among others.
    Benyaro, from Jackson, Wyo., and now New York City, has been in the valley a few times already. When passing through last year, Ben Musser said his musical mission is to “underproduce”—not hits, just when it comes to creating. His style is to keep his sound as clean and simple as possible in the roots and folk music genre.
    Often compared to The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons and Bon Iver, Musser will be performing solo on this tour, and will bring guitar, kickdrum, percussion and harmonica.
    In 2012, Benyaro released The Cover EP, which continues to earn multiple spins on Acoustic Café, and is getting added weekly to new AAA/Americana radio stations across the country for their acoustic covers of Etta James, Moby, Sam Cooke and others.
    Benyaro performed four showcases at the Sundance Film Festival and five at SXSW.
    The duo have joined other popular acts like Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Langhorne Slim, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Harmed Brothers and Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and The Infamous Stringdusters across the Rockies and Northern California. They have also shared the stage with The Avett Brothers, Jill Andrews and Samantha Crain.
    Next week, Wichita’s Slaughter Daughters, who are offered for no cover at the Brewery on Thursday, April 18, are a raw, soulful force to be reckoned with, according to their website.
    Cece Honey and Ari Rose are the band. With Rose on mandolin and Honey on rhythm guitar,  the Slaughter Daughters are said to “hammer out modern-day folk anthems about the dark side of life, with a heartfelt sincerity few others can match.”
     Marshall Poole brings traditional rock ’n’ roll laced with modernism, Friday, April 19, at 8:30 p.m. at the Brewery. Again there is no cover.

Also at the brewery
Slaughter Daughter, gothgrass, Thursday, April 18, at
8 pm.
Marshall Poole, blues, Friday, April 19, at 8:30 p.m.


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