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Wyoming is a western, landlocked portion of the United States. It is most known for the Yellowstone National Park, a 3,500 square mile piece of wilderness that contains canyons, alpine rivers, geysers, trails, and more. A reprieve for nature lovers, Wyoming is a relatively quiet state. Can its music be heard? Not from the outside. Few musicians, singers, or bands make waves outside state lines. However, there are some things to appreciate about Wyoming’s place in the greater context of U.S. music.
Wyoming has little-known bands who are ready to entertain listeners from in town and out of town alike.
Have you ever heard of The Bird and the Bear, The Flannel Attractions, Greenhorse, Jalan Crossland, Jason Shogren, The Libby Creek Original, Luke Bell, The Patti Fiasco, or Screen Door Porch? If not, you are in good company; most people haven’t heard of Wyoming’s musical talent, the aforementioned emerging bands included. Relative almost all other states, Wyoming has very few “music alumni,” the singers, musicians, and bands who transcend local spaces to shoot off into the grand, national music industry. Even though Wyoming’s artists are barely heard beyond its borders, Wyoming has some awesome creatives in towns throughout the state.
These things considered, Wyoming is great for concert attendees who want to listen to something they have never heard before and can only find one place. There is something rare and exclusive about the type of listening experience offered in Wyoming.
Wyoming has a hidden—and oddly welcoming—metal scene.
In the back room of a record store, a friend of a friend’s basement, or someone’s backyard, metal is coming out of Wyoming. Relatively small groups of listeners cram into small spaces to appreciate the music, mosh, and mingle.
Two key players in Wyoming’s small underground music scene are Ernie November and Keith Coombs who co-own a record shop in Wyoming’s capital city, Cheyenne. Going strong for two decades, this underground scene attracts those who feel underrepresented in the city’s broader culture. They have hosted over 150 shows since opening their record store. The only all-age inclusive venue for music in town with donation-based cost, these hidden spaces like this record store make music accessible in an otherwise unapproachable music scene. Known for creating a real sense of community and encouraging socialization among all, those who hunt down Wyoming’s underground metal concerts will be floored by the welcoming, supportive, energetic listening experience.
Wyoming’s music scene is a little lacking relative to some of its neighboring states; however, they know, and they are working on it.
Wyoming is not a center of music creation and dispersion. That is just the truth. However, sometimes recognizing there is a need is the first step to getting that need met. Not too proud to work towards a better arts community, the state passed the Wyoming Independent Music Initiative (WIMI), a starting model of the Wyoming Arts Council. It was designed within the last 2 years to build and reinforce Wyoming’s independent music scene. Knowing the state is no New York or California, Wyoming’s plan focuses on ways to build an independent musical network from the ground upwards. This strategy includes supporting concert venues, encouraging community relations, and bolstering talent within Wyoming.
Why should listeners care about bands engaging in professional development, consulting with the Wyoming Technology Business Center, and listening to national leaders in the music industry? It makes for a better concert in dozens of indirect ways. Without the resources and infrastructure for musicians to thrive, their performances are unable to reach their full potential. With an increased ability to make a livelihood off of music and enhance the music industry in Wyoming, the listeners get a better experience.