Songs from the Land
Songs from the Land is a collaborative project that celebrates musicians with a local connection to evoke emotion, engage local communities and encourage support for land conservation in eastern Idaho.
The album, Songs from the Land, will be used to raise awareness for the Teton Regional Land Trust’s mission: to conserve agricultural and natural lands and to encourage land stewardship in the Upper Snake River Watershed for the benefit of today’s communities and as a legacy for future generations.
Thank you to the Idaho National Laboratory for a generous donation in support of this project.
Portions of this project were made possible through generous donations made in Jim Sailer’s memory.
Jim was an avid outdoorsman with great love for wildlife and wild places. He graduated from the University of Montana as a Wildlife Biologist and spent much of his time then supporting wildlife research on grizzly bears and raptors, keeping several raptors as pets. After a short period working in Maine as an environmental engineer, the West drew him and his family back to the area he loved. He floated, fished, hunted, camped, climbed, biked, ran and skied in the Eastern Idaho Region and often commented on how lucky we were to live in such a remarkable place. Jim supported several efforts to protect the natural resources in eastern Idaho including the Teton Regional Land Trust where he had been a member for a number of years. His radiant smile and companionship will be missed by all that knew him.
Michael Batdorf came to Teton Valley, Idaho about 7 years ago. For him, it was more than just getting away from the Nashville music scene. It was about coming to a place that resonated with his spirit and gave a deeper meaning to his craft as a songwriter.
Roots rock songstress Reina Collins has a voice as warm as the color of deeply polished wood and smooth and fiery at the same time – like top shelf tequila. She is an engaging and dynamic performer whose versatility allows her to comfortably cross musical boundaries and perform styles including rock, jazz, folk and country. She has entertained at festivals (Bite of Oregon, Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, Northern Rockies Folk Festival, Clearwater Jazz Holiday), ski resorts, weddings, corporate events, and community fundraisers. Her recordings have received international airplay and she has travelled the US finding pleasure and success as a touring musician.
Born & raised in Pittsburgh PA, I left at 18 for northern VT to get a B.F.A. I landed in Teton Valley in 1992 after some moving around. I returned to school for Audio Recording & opened my doors with a recording studio in Driggs. That, along with playing guitar & spending time in the outdoors
continue to be my focus.
Mike Hurwitz is a 4th generation Wyoming "Prairie Blues" singer .
He's rambled the country, worked as a cowboy, broncbuster, hunting guide, carpenter and musician, written a saddlebag full of songs and released several critically acclaimed albums of country blues and cowboy music. He lives in Alta with his son Joey.
Teton Valley's own award winning songwriter, Jessica Kilroy, lives and breathes the life of a troubadour. Capturing each moment with heartfelt lyrics and a voice that Bluesman Guy Davis once described as "beautiful and pure, it takes me somewhere deep and way back" her songs have the depth of the land she is from.
Loose Ties was based in the Tetons from 1985-1995. They toured nationally and internationally and were hailed as one of the most cutting edge, progressive bluegrass bands of their day. During their tenure, the band included valley residents Ben Winship, Ted Wells, Phil Round, Derrik Hufsmith, Jerry Linn and others.
The Miller Sisters
Growing up in the Midwest on a farm in Southern Minesota, there was always something special about our family and how much we enjoyed music. The last two children of a tight-knit family of ten, we stuck by each other through thick and thin, and we (The Miller Sisters) decided to take out high-energy music show beyond our small town. After some reflection and soul searching in Alaska, we are now in Victor, Idaho (just over Teton Pass from Jackson, WY) and are part of an excellent band, Mandatory Air, playing in and around Jackson Hole and Victor.
Coming to Teton Valley, Mary Neil was immediately drawn to the beauty of the mountains and the rivers that flow from them. She has always been awed at the power of the natural world, and feels that humans have the responsibility to conserve and protect what is not ours.
Jeff is a longstanding Teton Valley resident,who’s music has been heard both locally and nationally.Predominantly a blues vocalist and harmonica player,his range of musical interests covers ballads, bluegrass,country,rock’n’roll,R&B,….If it swings and’s got soul ,he’s played it.
"Kane's River is more than different - they're intelligent, original, versatile and virtuostic. And they're simply among the very best modern bluegrass bands out there."
Based in Bozeman, the band includes John Lowell (guitar & vocals), Julie Elkins (banjo & vocals), Dave Thompson (bass & vocals), Ben Winship (mandolin & vocals), and Jason Thomas (fiddle).
The haunting quality of Martha Scanlan's voice, unique perspective and poetic imagery of her songs helped to gain national acclaim for the innovative old-time string band, Reeltime Travelers. Though she now resides in Tennessee, Martha once lived in Teton Valley Idaho.
Screen Door Porch
The duo of Screen Door Porch—Seadar Rose and Aaron Davis—deliver groove-injected Alt-Folk and soulful Americana, garnished with multi-instrumentation. This roots music combined with ambient textures, dirty slide guitar, and country-sweet harmonies outline a sound that is not quite acoustic.
Anne and Pete Sibley
Originally from New England, the Sibleys have been at home in the Rocky Mountain West since 1999. Singing for as long as they can remember, Anne & Pete have come many miles from their classical music training to “the people’s music:” folk, bluegrass and traditional music. Using the guitar and clawhammer banjo to accompany their tight harmonies, the Sibleys tell stories about life and love as they see it, and it is this quality that rings true with audiences from coast to coast.
Thomas Sneed & Ben Winshop
Ben Winship has been performing at the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival since its inception - initially with Loose Ties and more recently with Brother Mule, Kane’s River and the Growling Old Men. A nationally recognized mandolin player, singer-songwriter and recording engineer, Ben plays bluegrass, swing, blues and old time and has taught workshops from Alaska and Canada to West Virginia and Europe.
As produced by Rich Brotherton, Margo Valiante’s blues on five-song EP I Can’t Pray favor the Bonnie Raitt/Americana style. That’s a comfortable and expressive place for Valiante to be since relocating to Austin. With warm organ work from Riley Osbourn and supple suede vocals, there’s an overall soulfulness that buys her a ticket into the ranks of Austin’s established female vocalists.
Born at the base of the Teton Mountains, Merissa’s roots run deep in the land that reaches to her homesteading ancestors 5 generations back. She carries this tradition forward and writes songs that express the love she has for this unique mountain valley and the adventures it brings to her life.