18TH STATE & 18TH INTERVIEW, CANYON KIDS FROM JACKSON, WY
". . .what makes them unique is their passion for making music. Life can make our dreams and visions so complicated but it's that passion that keeps you driven to your purpose as an artist. As of 2019 the lead singer and creator of Canyon Kids, Bo Elledge moved to Seattle, Washington, however that didn't stop the rest of the members nor himself from staying on track of their creative visions. Bo has recorded three solid singles since the move, one of which already making it on to Seattle's top public radio stations for alternative rock."
Rooted In The West
"Because of Jackson’s relative isolation, Elledge said it’s hard to feel a part of any broader musical scene, but at the same time he’s aware of the incomparable opportunities this outlying location provides. They’re one of the few folk-rock bands in Wyoming and open for many of the national touring acts that pass through.
“And if you’re doing that enough, and getting paid to make music, I think you’ve made it,” Elledge said."
Whats Behind Writing a Song and Hearing the Music? For Dusty and Bo it's Full of Passion and Artistry
"Canyon Kids is the creation of Dusty Nichols and Bo Elledge. Forged on the banks of the Snake River, with an unwavering love of the American West, Canyon Kids are students of Americana, rock, and folk, but also pioneers of something entirely new. And NOW they are the new music for the What’s Your Why podcast. The music is from their song Out Where The West Begins. Listen to their journey and story and love for Wyoming!"
78th Annual Fireman's Ball stages JJ Grey & Mofro with Canyon Kids
"Local indie folk-rockers Canyon Kids just entered the studio to record a fourth studio album. When the songwriting duo of Dusty Nichols and Bo Elledge stage the talented full band (which they are), it’s a rocking, textured party that can swing from modern hip-hop covers to ’60s-era folk to ’90s pop and beyond."
Anderson East & Canyon Kids close out JacksonHoleLive!
"Canyon Kids—the project of singer-songwriters Bo Elledge and Dusty Nichols—will make their third appearance at JacksonHoleLive! since 2015. The folk-rock duo has a new rhythm section, this time staging a five-piece that includes drummer Shawn Fleming, bassist Leif Routman, and vocalist Sheena Dhamsania. Canyon Kids released the seven-track Leviathan last summer, while Elledge dropped his debut solo EP, Love & Good Luck, this past Valentine’s Day."
Canyon Kids fight demons with "Leviathan"
"It’s hard not to hear the album without the current political world in mind, and that’s intended. Anxiety and tension drip through every note and lyric. It’s neither a love album nor a breakup album; it’s an album about what you hold onto when nothing is certain and you start to feel the Earth crumbling around you."
Announcing the 2017 Wyoming Road Trip Playlist
"Wyoming is famous for its beautiful landscape, and these ten bands are as much a part of Cowboy Country as the Grand Tetons, Devils Tower, or the Snowy Range. These musicians represent some of the best that the Wyoming independent music scene has to offer. From the blissful feels of the Canyon Kids’ Americana, to the classic honky-tonk sound of Luke Bell, to the fiercely soulful brand of rock and roll brought by The Patti Fiasco, there’s something here for all tastes."
Wyoming Offers More Than Country Music
"Wyoming loves its cowboys, but the music scene offers much more than country. Local artists are celebrating soul, funk, rockabilly and everything in between. NPR Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson checks in with Wyoming Public Media’s program director to hear some of Kirkpatrick's favorite music coming from the state."
Canyon Kids Taking the Valley by Storm
"The band Canyon Kids was born in the Snake River Canyon. Bo Elledge and Dusty Nichols were rafting company photographers with some free time on their hands when they weren’t snapping shots of rafters headed downstream. “We ended up spending a lot of time down in that canyon together, and we’d often bring our guitars and do songwriting down there,” Nichols explains. They soon dubbed their collaboration Canyon Kids. Their second album, Best Loved Poems of the American People, began streaming online in the fall and their full release came out this February. But the project was a year in the making. They crafted their music at the Teton Artlab where they were able to take their time and record on a relaxed schedule. “This was a much more spaced-out and relaxing way to record,” Nichols says, comparing it to the hectic pace of working with a producer."
Canyon Kids set to Headline Second Out West Fest
"It will be the first time Canyon Kids plays Concerts on the Commons as the headliner, “which is super exciting for us,” Nichols said. The group has been a staple of the Jackson music scene for a few years. It was originally called Elk Attack before disbanding and re-banding as Canyon Kids. The project is the brainchild of Nichols and his friend Bo Elledge, two transplants."
Rhythm of the River Rats
"The rafting-guide rhythm section began playing in different projects with singer-guitarists Bo Elledge and Dusty Nichols of Canyon Kids while they were snapping rafting shots for Snake River Photo during their first summers in Jackson.“Dusty and I got to hang in this beautiful spot with hammocks and guitars as surfers, kayakers and whitewater people were passing through,” Elledge said. “Meanwhile, John Wayne and Woolley would come through on trips with tourists, and they’d be like, ‘hey, we’re playing at the Tavern tonight,’ and the entire boat would show up.”"
Emmy-nominated Songwriter to play Garter
“I think the Canyon Kids are one of the best and most forward-thinking bands in town,” Oxman said. “At the heart of it they are really solid songwriters. This shows since they put on an equally enjoyable show as a duo, trio or full band. Only good songwriters can pull that off, and that’s why they are such a good fit to play with the White Buffalo.” While the lineup for this season at the Pink Garter Theatre is wonderful, White Buffalo is the only true singer/songwriter of the bunch. If you prefer lyricism to beats and music that wrangles its way into your soul instead of just your dancing shoes, White Buffalo is a must-attend".
Canyon Kids tap American poets for Sophomore Album
"On the track, Herron delicately weaves fiddle around Elledge’s husky croon, with a rollicking outro allowing Nichols to cut loose on a searing lead while being supported by punchy trumpet lines courtesy of Griffith. The harmony-centric duo has a vocal sound that equates to the smoothness of several coats of fine varnish on an old wooden boat."