In a state where livestock outnumber people six to one, getting a good turnout for a show in Wyoming can be hit and miss. Lucky for Screen Door Porch, a smoldering honkytonk husband-wife duo, they hit more than they strike out.
"There are some towns [in Wyoming] with only like 20 people in them total," explained Seadar Rose, a former North Carolina belle in cowgirl boots who provides the primary vocals for the group. "We'll be thinking that the entire town would have to turn out for this show to work. But somehow 50 people will end up coming out."
Both sweet and tangy, Seadar's voice draws comparisons to Lucinda Williams. It provides a sass that punctuates the otherwise wide-open soundscapes, a sound that closely matches the wide-open spaces from their adopted state.
In their songs, like "Firewater," a playful yet subdued ditty, guitarist Aaron Davis pops in with harmonies while keeping time with the bold timbre of a kick drum. It's a simple country sound that finds favor with fans of Bob Dylan's forays into the genre as well as the modern country/folk fusion of Gillian Welch, two of the band's influences.
"Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong era," says Rose, who is just barely in her 30s. "After [Davis] and I got together we realized really early what we liked to play and what we did well was the sound of the '60s and '70s. I should have been alive back then because we are still fighting for a lot of the same social things."
And though the gritty, sometimes rebellious nature of their music is in keeping with the feel of social battles happening today, the underlying tone is also peaceful and joyous. Perhaps representative of when Wyoming—The Equality State—righted a much earlier injustice by becoming the first U.S. territory to allow women to vote.
Screen Door Porch
8 p.m. Thursday, April 18
The Horned Hand
507 NW Colorado Ave.
$5 at the door