Folk Rock Born by the River
Canyon Kids is a songwriting collaboration of two: vocalist/guitarist Bo Elledge and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Dusty Nichols. With drummer John Wayne Harris Jr, bassist Adam Woolley, violinist Matt Heron, and singer/multi-instrumentalist Sheena Dhamsania, Canyon Kids takes it's fuller form.
Their original music is harmony-centric and folk rock-styled with tints of soul and psychedelia. As former members of Jackson's folk rock collaboration Elk Attack, Elledge, Nichols, Harris and Woolley played Jackson Hole’s biggest stages. This included Mountain Fest and JHLive, in which they supported G-Love and Special Sauce, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Young Dubliners, and Robert Randolph. In 2012, Elk Attack released a full-length album, Second Born, followed by a national tour.
This momentum has continued through the Canyon Kids era, garnering support opportunities for Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Nahko and Medicine for the People, another bill with G-Love, and Athens rockers New Madrid. On Valentine’s Day 2014, Canyon Kids debuted their full-length, self titled album which Jackson Hole Music Blog called “the best local release of the year thus far, embodying a production aesthetic rare to the regional scene.”
Following their debut, they joined acts Screen Door Porch and The Patti Fiasco on a regional tour of the mountain west, appropriately titled The Wyomericana Caravan. Returning from a successful tour, the Canyon Kids again hit the studio, picking up support from Teton Valley non-profits the Teton Art Lab and CSA Jackson Hole. They worked close to a year on their latest release titled The Best Loved Poems of the American People. For this 7 song LP, the Canyon Kids put prose to original music, employing the great minds of 19th century poets.
Their hooky single "Out Where the West Begins" hit the KHOL's top ten chart this past summer.