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Songwriter’s Alley

Date: Thursday, June 24 2021

Join us for Live Music!

Time: 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Songwriter’s Alley is getting back to its roots in 2021. Established in 2007, Songwriter’s Alley is a concert series that serves the song, the performing songwriter, and an audience that enjoys listening in an intimate, focused setting. Similar to syndicated radio shows "eTown" and "Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour," Songwriter’s Alley will feature introductions of each act by songwriter/host Aaron Davis, with an environment conducive to telling stories beyond the songs to a listening audience. It’s an “MTV Unplugged”-type vibe that suits the current times. Since 2007, Songwriter’s Alley has featured over 100 established songwriters at both traditional and non-traditional venues such as art galleries and Jackson Hole Playhouse.

Featured songwriters for June 24:

J Shogren (Laramie/Centennial) is “an affable bear of a man” (NYT), a“brilliant storyteller” (Rootsy), and a “Wyoming music legend” (WY Eagle)whose songs have taken him from the local bar scene to the Lincoln Centerand Kennedy Center and back again. His catawampus songwriting exploresroots &traditional music filtered through a contemporary dissonanttransmitterina voice “like one of those great bluesmen from ninety yearsago” (Oliver di Place). Hisdark humorous stories are “endearingly eclectic”(NewSong).Shogrenhas shared a stage with the Wyomericana CaravanTour,Darrell Scott, Mary Gauthier, Susan Gibson,andNels Cline. HereleasedSlow Bird Winterthis past February, with instrumentation andmixing by Wilco’s Pat Sansone.

Aaron Davis (Hoback) is amulti-instrumentalistchiefly known as co-founder of longtime alt-folk/country-bluesScreen Door Porch, forhiseclectic solo ramblings asAaron Davis & the Mystery Machine, and asstudio engineer and sessionmusician at his ownThree Hearted RecordingStudio.From "searing slide guitar" (Country Weekly) echoing grittySouthern blues to a patchwork of story folk and acoustic roots, the“trulyphenomenal songwriter” (Americana UK) has“a particularlyinterestingapproach that mixes poetry, groove and roughness” (Lonestar Time).Hewas awarded a Music Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Artsin 2021—“a merit-based honor for an artist’s work in their field.” Davis willofferThe Great HunkerdownEP this summer, his tenth release.

Wyoming native Jordan Smith (Lander/Gillette) delivers a rareauthenticity that cuts to the core of his listener’s emotions. With a passionfor music running through his veins from an early age, Smiths originallyrics and American-infused melodies showcase a talent that is genuinelysoulful and provokes a responsefrom listeners. Jordan took top honors atthe 2020 Wyoming Singer-Songwriter Competition, and hishighlyanticipated debut albumAmerican Dreamis set to release this summer.