Legend has it that the Canyon Kids were born by the river. The shady groves along the Snake River canyon's steep banks would be the perfect sanctuary for just about any singer songwriter with a beat up old guitar---and so it was with friends Bo Elledge and Dusty Nichols. Confined to the river, the job was to kill time with music. They would write folky strums and rich harmony, coming up with several songs that summer. With the help of drummer John Harris and bassist Adam Woolley, Canyon Kids would now have a driving rhythm underneath their arrangements. But they needed more: enlisting fiddler extraordinaire Matt Herron to the ranks, and soul specialist Sheena Dhamsania to their vocal lineup, the formation was now complete.
Canyon Kids now have three full length LPs under their belt: "Canyon Kids", "Best Loved Poems of the American People", & "Leviathan". According to Jackson Hole Music Blog they "embody a production aesthetic rare to the regional scene" and have "a vocal sound that equates to the smoothness of several coats of fine varnish on an old wooden boat." It is this sound that has garnered Canyon Kids supporting slots with some of the country's best national touring acts, including Robert Randolph & The Family Band, G Love & The Special Sauce, Galactic, New Madrid, Lukas Nelson, and the Infamous Stringdusters.
Friends Dusty Nichols and Bo Elledge met back in 2011 in Jackson, Wyoming. They instantly hit it off jamming a couple acoustic guitars and singing harmony in the garage at No Name Alley. Soon they played a couple open mics and started exchanging song ideas. Realizing they should start a band, they enlisted John Wayne Harris Jr to drum and Adam Woolley to play bass. Elk Attack was born in 2012 (Canyon Kids former title). After successfully recording a Kickstarter-backed, full-length album "Second Born" and touring the Southeastern US the group disbanded for a short time. . .
Reforming in 2014 under the name Canyon Kids the foursome recorded their self titled album at the Pink Garter Theatre (Kickstarter-backed again). This was to be a concept album in which Nichols' and Elledge both contributed four songs. Nichols' songs embodied the characters from his favorite book, Steinbeck's "East of Eden" while Elledge's songs drew inspiration from epic rural landscapes and mountain town living. This album is moody with blissful feels along with dark cavernous moments, as if you are floating down a beautiful river and get caught in a hailstorm of rock and roll. A very inspired, well arranged, and adventurous project grew into something special and they decided they should probably keep making records together.
In 2015 Dusty and Bo got to work on their sophomore Canyon Kids album "Best Loved Poems of the American People". After receiving funding from CSA Jackson Hole and a free space through Teton Artlab's residency program, the two began the year long process. This album took a more upbeat Americana approach pairing turn of the century poetry with folky strums. Elledge's family used to read some of these very poems around the dinner table when he was growing up as a family tradition. In the middle of making this record Dusty and Bo hopped on the Wyomericana Caravan touring all over the Mountain West with The Patti Fiasco and Screen Door Porch.
In 2016 the Canyon Kids had to figure out a way to release this album they'd spent a year making so they crafted their own local music festival: "Out West Fest". The release drew a sell out crowd and the album was successful at putting Canyon Kids on the map as a musical force in the state of Wyoming. Canyon Kids have now supported some of the country's best national touring acts, including Galactic, Hayes Carll, G Love & The Special Sauce, Lukas Nelson, and the Infamous Stringdusters. Canyon Kids have also recently been featured on NPR's Here and Now.