Wednesday, July 25 • Grassy Arena at the Teton County Fairgrounds
Gates 5 pm / Music 6:30 pm
The Teton County Board of Commissioners are pleased to feature Robert Earl Keen at the 2018 Teton County Fair Concert, with special guest WYO.
“The road goes on forever …”
It’s not always easy to sum up a career – let alone a life’s ambition – so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen‘s calling-card anthem just about do it. You can complete the lyric with the next five words – the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night (“and the party never ends!”) – just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it’s the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.
“I always thought that I wanted to play music, and I always knew that you had to get some recognition in order to continue to play music,” Keen says. “But I never thought of it in terms of getting to be a big star. I thought of it in terms of having a really, really good career and writing some good songs, and getting onstage and having a really good time.”
Now three decades on from the release of his debut album – with eighteen other records to his name, thousands of shows under his belt and still no end in sight to the road ahead – Keen remains as committed to and inspired by his muse as ever.
WYO is a rock band originating from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Taking inspiration from the cinematic landscapes and epic mountains of his upbringing, singer-songwriter Andy Sorge utilizes an organic instrument palette to create the soundscape that is WYO.
After attending film school in New York, Andy met multi-instrumentalist, Scott McKay Gibson, and the two began composing music for documentaries, commercials, and short films together in Wyoming. Perhaps this explains the reason that WYO’s music has a way of evoking such striking visuals that stir the imagination. The pair began delving into Andy’s original songs that would soon become their debut album Untamed. They teamed up with veteran Los Angeles-based producer, Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Pete Yorn, Ben Lee…), to provide a fresh ear to finalize their work. Guitarist Pelle Hillstrom recorded on the album and is now playing shows with the band.
Serving as an introduction to their world, this project embodies the search for a place that’s alive and wild. It’s an endeavor that deals with love, loss, and constant exploration. It’s a tale of reconciling city life with the Wild West of Wyoming.
JacksonHoleLive is a family-friendly, outdoor summer concert series in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Find us at Snow King Ball Park in downtown Jackson.
Please enjoy our food and beverage vendors and kindly leave your dogs, tarps, glass, alcohol and coolers at home.