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The Meander

by Aaron Davis

Known as co-founder of Screen Door Porch, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Aaron Davis offers his 9th album/2nd solo release. Featuring The Mystery Machine plus a dozen studio guests. Epic roots-rock, gritty Americana, folk-blues, banjo country funk.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. The Wolves
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2. Hitchin’ to Concordia
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3. Einstein’s Ashes
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4. Same Cloth
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5. On a Perch
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6. Worrisome Years
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7. The Cardinal
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8. Get It On
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9. The Wolves (Radio Edit)
4:40 $1.29
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Nine albums and four bands into a recording career, Wyoming-based/Kentucky-bred songster Aaron Davis offers his second solo album, The Meander. Far from a solitary project, the set showcases over a dozen studio guests that Davis has toured with or collaborated with, including Wyoming folk hero Jalan Crossland, acoustic soul artist Isaac Hayden, and folk duo Canyon Kids, and his wife Seadar Rose of Screen Door Porch. Sessions were captured at his log cabin studio, Three Hearted Recording, in Hoback, Wyoming near Jackson Hole.

Davis is chiefly known as songwriter and co-founder of decade-long Americana band Screen Door Porch, which toured nationally and became a household name in the region. After releasing four albums, including two that were voted Album of the Year on Wyoming Public Radio, the group announced a hiatus in fall of 2017. According to music executive and critic Bill Bentley, “Screen Door Porch transformed roots music into something much larger, a down home good time vibe that induces sonic hypnosis.” As a solo artist, Davis has been described as a “truly phenomenal songwriter” (About.com) with a "searing slide guitar" (Country Weekly), carving a songwriter’s path by working the lesser-worn corners of the American musical fabric through an unconventional lens.

Lyrically, The Meander draws on the conundrums turning forty with poetic honesty, quick-witted gratefulness, and humble light-heartedness. Sonically, the set billows and breathes with both intricacy and simplicity—epic roots-rock gives way to banjo-led country funk, story folk and fingerstyle picking, gritty Americana, and plenty of slide guitar, lap steel and pedal steel via Davis. But it’s the varying combinations of vocal harmonies that keep the ear curious. There are seven different harmony singers with both two and three-part arrangements, and one song with eleven voices singing the same lines. The album’s solid foundation is set by the fervent texture experts of his touring band Aaron Davis & the Mystery Machine—drummer Jason Baggett, bassist David Bundy, and pianist/organist Mike Patton. Longtime collaborator Matt Herron contributes fiddle to three songs and Vince Gutwein bows the cello.

As an independent artist continually pushing the envelope, Davis’s songs have landed in various projects including films, commercials, and network television. The New York Times even noted Davis's “entrepreneurial gumption” in co-producing such entertaining stage shows as the “traveling concert circus” that is The WYOmericana Caravan Tour. The aforementioned projects have allowed Davis to share bills with some of his heroes—Wilco, Willie Nelson, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Buddy Guy, Sam Bush, Steve Earle, Grace Potter, Justin Townes Earle, and James McMurtry.

Davis also supports area non-profits through his music: Trout Unlimited, Habitat for Humanity, Jackson Hole Community Radio, Friends of the Teton River, Jackson Animal Adoption Center, and Community Children’s Project.

The meandering river always keeps score.

LINER NOTES:

Aaron Davis & the Mystery Machine
Aaron Davis – Vocals, Banjo, Guitars (Acoustic, Electric, Resonator, Pedal Steel, Lap Steel), Percussion
Jason Baggett – Drums
David Bundy – Fretless & Fretted Bass
Mike Patton – Piano, Rhodes Piano, Organ, Clavinet

With the Good Folk of Wyoming…
Jalan Crossland – Banjo on Same Cloth & Einstein’s Ashes, Harmony Vocal on Same Cloth
Canyon Kids (Dusty Nichols & Bo Elledge) – Harmony Vocal on Get it On
Greg Creamer – Acoustic Guitar on Hitchin’ to Concordia, 2nd Electric Guitar On a Perch
Seadar Rose Davis – Harmony Vocal on Same Cloth & Worrisome Years
Vince Gutwein – Cello
Isaac Hayden – Harmony Vocal on The Wolves and On a Perch
Matt Herron – Fiddle
Karee Miller Jaeger – Harmony Vocal on The Wolves and On a Perch
Barry Lewis – Congas, Spook Saw, alt Percussion
Kate Swanson – Harmony Vocal on Hitchin’ to Concordia

Same Cloth Choir – Jalan, Greg, Seadar, Bo, Dusty, Isaac, Karee, Mike P, Kate, Mike Swanson, Aaron

All songs written by Aaron Davis and published by Yella Dog Records (ASCAP)
Except Worrisome Years, written by Greg Brown and published by Hacklebarney Music

Produced & Engineered by Aaron Davis, Three Hearted Recording, Hoback WY
Mixed by Britton Beisenherz, Ramble Creek Studio, Austin TX
Mastered by Jim Wilson, Boulder CO
Album Art & Design by Chris Bigalke, Showdeer

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“A particularly interesting approach that mixes poetry, groove and roughness.” ~Lonestar Time (Italy)

"Something new and fresh that can't or shouldn't be compared with anyone or anything else." ~605 Magazine
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