Friday Night with Ashleigh Caudill from Nashville – Saturday Night with Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs from Montana

Live Music Fans,

This week, we continue to host major-league musical talent in our little byob room.  On Friday Night, we extend our consecutive streak to around 900 Fridays in a row in fine fashion with a very talented Nashville songwriter who plays a number of instruments and sings up a storm.  And, on Saturday Night we host one of the best bands in Bozeman coming South for their first visit.  Two excellent acts coming many miles to entertain us.  Why not come out and enjoy their original songs and sparkling talent?  Just might be what you need after a long week of work in the hot sun.  Couldn’t hurt right?

See you at the shows enjoying the wonderfully healing powers of live music.  And there is growing scientific evidence to back up that claim.  Come out and prove it for yourself.  As always, money back guarantee.  I’m that sure you will like it.  Now, you just have to leave the house.  How easy can it get?  And where else in the valley can you bring in your own beverage to hear wonderful live music?

Next week is another good one for live music for us starting on July 3rd with Maybe April.  Another first visit.  Then the Town puts on another fun-packed First Friday on July 6th and we put on the 18th Annual Mt. Sopris Music Fest from 5pm to 10pm on the Town Plaze at 4th and Main Streets with five local acts; Wes Engstrom, Tommy the Animal, Cowboy Corral, Sleepy Justice and Cat Toys for the People.  On the same night, we have a special early show in the shop at 7pm with CRMS music teacher George Weber and a bunch of his talented friends.  Then, the music week ends on a sweet note in Sopris Park for the next Second Sunday on July 8th with local acts Banjiri and Let Them Roar and Eldergrown from Durango.  We are now officially in the “On Season” and there are some amazing acts coming to town the next two months.  Catch it while you can!


I have heard some great things about this Nashville based musician who should really shine in our little room.  It is always a treat to host solo performances with folks like Tony Furtado, John Oates, John Gorka and many others like Ashleigh; so come ready to be impressed.  Read on for some words from her website and check out some videos for more reasons to come out.  And know that seeing her live will be 10 times better in person. Another scientific fact proven by over 1000 live shows in the old Dinkel Building.  Do you trust me by now?

“Celebrated folksinger, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ashleigh Caudill, exemplifies one of the most exciting musical trends to be heard today. That is, traditional roots music with a new spin, a different take on the themes and sounds that have shaped American music past. She has a sense of style that is unique and beyond categorization. Her songs are constructed with an architect’s touch and her performances hum with an excitement in the crisp arrangements that lift each song.

Growing up in a small town in Western Colorado Ashleigh began playing music at an early age. Upon receiving a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College Of Music she relocated to Boston, Massachusetts. While climbing the ranks of freelance bassists in Boston’s booming acoustic music scene, she fell in love with both songwriting and clawhammer banjo. After leaving the city in 2007 Caudill bounced around a bit gathering experiences and stories that would work their way into her music.

She now resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is an in demand hired hand playing with artists ranging from bluegrass icon, Charlie Sizemore, to Angaleena Presley of The Pistol Annies. In addition to her renown as a bassist she is gaining recognition for her songwriting prowess. Caudill placed in the finals of Merlfest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest two years in a row and some top bands have already found her material. One of those tunes, Row By Row, was recorded on Balsam Range’s IBMA album of the year, Papertown, and topped the Bluegrass Gospel Charts summer 2013 in addition to being nominated for IBMA’s Gospel Recorded Event Of The Year.  Along with her writing and side work her own project continues to thrive. With a show alongside fellow bassist, Missy Raines, for the Bluegrass Underground in the Cumberland Caverns, a solo set on Music City Roots’ Monteagle Show, and a packed album release party at the American Legion she certainly enjoys playing a wide variety of venues!

With sweet yet powerful vocals she draws the listener in to the tales she spins. Accompanied by the impeccable timing of her upright bass and a fine cast of musicians, or the rolling mellow tones of her open back banjo her sound will please the ears of music lovers everywhere. If you like your music sophisticated, fun and honest, you need look no further.”


I love hosting talented touring bands that really want to play the room.  They are coming from way up North in Bozeman just to entertain us and play the room they have heard about from their musician friends.  Love it.  I think these guys are going to become new favorites of the shop and I can’t wait to hear what Montana has to offer.  This promises to be a fun one.  Check out their website for more info.  Here’s their bio.

“Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs are a relentlessly energetic folk-rock band based out of Bozeman , Montana. Combining a soaring four part harmony and rock ‘n’ roll drive, a Bird Dog show gets people dancing and singing along to original tunes and covers alike.  With a combined 30 years of experience in blues, rock, country, metal, folk, and indie bands, the members of Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs found their common ground in bluegrass and country music, and bring a truly unique sound to the folk scene.

This award-winning band has been taking their infectious sound on the road since 2013, sharing stages with the likes of Keb Mo’, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Jeff Austin Band, Amy Helm, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Corb Lund, The Mavericks, Mark Chesnutt, Blitzen Trapper  and many more. The Bird Dogs released a live self-titled studio album in 2016, recorded at Basecamp Studio in Bozeman. Their follow-up album, titled The Vigilante Session, was recorded live at a forest service cabin in the Tobacco Root mountains.

Born under the big sky in Bozeman, Montana, Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs consist of Lena (Laney) Schiffer on vocals/guitar/percussion, Matt Demarais on vocals/banjo/dobro, Ethan Demarais on bass, Brian Kassay on fiddle/mandolin/harmonica, and Josh Moore on vocals/guitar.”

2018 Bozeman Choice Award- 1st Place for best bluegrass band

2017 Bozeman Choice award- 1st place for best bluegrass band

2016 Bozeman Choice award- 2nd place for best bluegrass band

2015 Emerging artist contest winners- Red Ants Pants music festival

So, there’s five good options in the next two weekends for seeing some great live music in the shop and Sopris Park.  That’s a total of 12 excellent music acts coming to town just to play for us.  The least we could do is come out and hear them, don’t you think?  Join in the fun when you can.  It really won’t hurt and just might be the cure.  Enjoy the summer!

Musically Yours,

Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon