And the Grammy goes to …
Teton County, Wyoming.
It was a busy summer ’round these parts. There were fires, potato trucks run amok and nuisance bears and bison that got themselves into trouble in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. But while all of that was happening — and, in some cases, before — Jackson and the rest of Teton County were doing what it always does in the sparse, few summer months: getting down.
The backdrop for that yearly getdown was, of course, the music brought to town by the Center for the Arts, JacksonHoleLive, the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, among others on this side of the pass, and Grand Targhee Resort and the Teton Valley Foundation’s on the other.
And, boy, was it a big year.
The artists that came through Teton County had won at least of 16 Grammy Awards by the time they took the stage across town — a number that doesn’t even take into account the artists’ 57 total nominations. And it wasn’t like all of those awards were a few decades old, though some groups like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band nabbed their first win in 1989.
Portugal The Man’s 2017 win was the most recent. That group played the Center for the Arts’ Midsummer Melt show. Another band, Midland, which headlined the Cowboy’s inaugural Million Dollar Music Fest, picked up Grammy nominations in the same year. The Wood Brothers, who closed out JacksonHoleLive’s regularly scheduled summer programming, did so in 2018.
But Grammy counting only scratches the surface.
There were artists like Hayes Carll, who did pick up a Grammy nomination in 2015 but sneakily cleaned up at the Austin Music Awards two years later, winning six awards.
At least two other bands picked up Austin-specific awards, three others, including Lake Street Dive, had been noticed at the Americana Music Awards, and the Teton County Library managed to bag a performance from Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, the first-ever American band to win a Latin Grammy.
So, yes, focusing on Grammys and other awards, it was a big summer.
But underground and local acts also found a stage. There were the bands that played Fire in the Mountains, the musicians that played the Hootenanny — in September at the center, as well as throughout the rest of the summer — and, of course, Karee Miller Jaeger, who returned to the scene with her new band, Sister Karee and the Other Brothers.
No matter which way you slice it, it was busy. The News&Guide put together this photo roundup — and online gallery — to reflect.
Enjoy the photos and get some rest before the winter spins up. The Pink Garter Theatre’s winter lineup should be coming out soon, and, next week, the center’s planning to announce a slate of December shows.
There’s more grooves, Grammys and good times on the increasingly snowy horizon.
— Billy Arnold, Scene Editor