WYOmericana Caravan History: Since 2013, the WYOmericana Caravan Tour has been “Touring,
the ‘Wyoming Way,’” as described in a full-page article by The New York Times. A rolling representation
of Wyoming’s burgeoning songwriter scene, the WYOmericana philosophy is to propel the Equality
State’s original music scene as an artist collective—exhibiting to the world that there’s a stellar creative
spark in the country’s least populated state. In collaboration with the Wyoming Arts Council, the curated
lineup rotates each year through an application process in order to highlight the state’s strongest acts
each year. Artists perform individual sets with the suspense of ad-libbed cross-band collaborations, and a
closing set that includes all members of the tour blending talents for a tribute to John Prine and Tom
Petty. For more info about the Spring 2022 Tour, visit WYOmericana.com.
WYOmericana Caravan #7 — Artist Bios
Sarah Sample (Sheridan) Sarah Sample is an award-winning songwriter with a “raw, graceful voice”
(Salt Lake City Weekly). Performing as a trio with guitarist Dylan Schorer and drummer Fred Serna, her
beautiful songs weave a trail of stories through folk, Americana and country, garnering comparisons to
Sheryl Crow, The Weepies, and Bonnie Raitt. Redwing, Sample’s sixth album, features more of her cut-
to-the-bone storytelling, framed with empathy and compassion, and told with the best singing of
Sample’s career. Redwing is—among other things and in the grand tradition of albums—a breakup
album. But this was no romantic heartbreak; Sample’s breakup was spiritual. She left the committed
religion of her upbringing (and its stringent rules and by-the-book lifestyle) to chart her own spiritual
course. Her previous release with songwriter Edie Carey, ‘Til The Morning, won Best Children’s Album in
the 2014 Independent Music Awards. Sample has performed at Merlefest, Folks Fest, Telluride, and
Kerrville, and has won songwriting contests at most of these. She has warmed-up stages for Darrell Scott,
Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, and Over The Rhine.
Aaron Davis (Hoback) is chiefly known as co-founder of decade-long national touring act Screen Door
Porch and his eclectic quartet Aaron Davis & the Mystery Machine. The multi-instrumentalist, engineer-
producer, and vocalist will stage a duo show on acoustic/resonator guitars, banjo, harmonica, and
percussion along with longtime collaborator David Bundy (bass, harmony vocal). Aaron works the lesser-
worn corners of the American musical fabric through an unconventional lens. Slide banjo? Detuned
guitar made of metal? You bet. From “searing slide guitar” (Country Weekly) echoing mid-century
acoustic blues, to a patchwork of story folk and roots music, pensive alt-country, and an improvisational
prowess, Aaron has been described as a “truly phenomenal songwriter” (Americana UK) with “a
particularly interesting approach that mixes poetry, groove and roughness” (Lonestar Time) and “a
combination that goes down like top-shelf bourbon” (Austin Chronicle). He has shared bills with many of
his heroes—Wilco, Willie Nelson, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Sam Bush, Brian Wilson, James McMurtry,
and Hayes Carll. In conjunction with a Performing Arts Music Fellowship from the National Endowment
of the Arts, Aaron just put out his tenth release, Catalyst.
Abby Webster (Wilson) has quickly established herself as an artistic force in the regional music scene.
Dry wit with raw honesty, the avant-garde lyricist’s songs are filled with metaphor and dark humor,
though they are just as whimsical as they are visceral. These elements are tied together in her recent
single, “88 Constellations,” which dropped September 20. In addition to her various releases as a solo
artist, she also releases music with an electronic duo, Ski Lift. Webster received a 2021 Performing Arts
Fellowship in Music from the National Endowment for the Arts—a merit-based honor for an artist’s work
in their field.
The 7th anniversary of this grassroots tour is made possible though the generous support of =, Wyoming
Arts Council, Wyoming Public Media, and Showdeer.
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