If you are looking for an authentic, salt-of-the-earth performance, you need not look any further than this Sunday at The Wort Hotel in downtown Jackson.
Siddney Montana will headline an evening of original acoustic guitar, songwriting and poetry after the Texan-style band the Wandering Chicken Wire Show opens at 6:30 p.m.
“I play original music with skills honed in the man camps and oil fields of North Dakota,” Montana said. “I’m a solo act, and I don’t play covers.”
Montana is a sweet and salty mix of folk, rock and blues. He prides himself on working through his lyrics and poems.
“The words just don’t fall from Heaven,” he said of crafting his songs and poems. “I don’t wake up in the morning with all the words just right. It takes time and energy. I go over and over the words, taking my experiences and putting them together like a jigsaw puzzle. I then have to work to attach those words and phrases to a good rhythm. It’s just a lot of work.”
Montana is a seasoned performer, having played many an open mic night around Jackson. Before the coronavirus pandemic he was running Pinky G’s open mic night. His Wort Hotel performance will be his first indoor gig since the pandemic closed venues.
But Montana is more often a familiar face around Town Square, with his white cowboy hat, his cowboy boots and the stool he sits on while strumming. He’s a street performer at the core of his artistic being. That’s how he met the Wandering Chicken Wire Show, a Texas band that treks to the Tetons in the summer to play the streets of Jackson.
Sunday’s event will feature the release of Montana’s three-disc box set, containing 84 original songs, along with a book signing of his volume of lyrics and poetry.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the Wandering Chicken Wire Show, followed by Montana. Tickets cost $20 and are available at the door or in advance via Venmo at siddneymontana.
“This performance and book release is the culmination of 11 years of writing, recording, street performing and open mic nights across the region,” Montana said. “I’ve been traveling and performing from Duluth, Minnesota; Williston, North Dakota; Moab, Utah; Austin, Texas and Jackson. It’s going to be a good evening.” ￼