We are heartbroken to let everyone know that our dear friend & bassist Allan “Sparky” Tuttle
Passed away from complications after surgery.
He was a kind-hearted man with an infectious laugh, a giving spirit & wonderful personality who loved the camping, fishing, skiing, his family, his dogs, tequila and playing music.
He was instantly loved by all those who met him.
He played in many bands throughout his career. The last 10 years were spent recording albums and performing hundreds of shows with Ghostowne all with a smile on his face and a gleam in his eye.
To say he will be missed is an understatement.
Please keep his family, friends and bandmates in your thoughts during this difficult time.
As per Sparky’s wishes there will be no funeral.
Instead, he wanted a Celebration of life.
this Event will be held on Sunday August 18th from 2pm-7pm at the
American Legion post 112
320 East 3900 South
salt lake city, UT 84107
this event is all ages and free.
So let’s all raise our glasses and toast this amazing individual that gave so much to so many!
We LOVE you!!!
GHOSTOWNE @ Park Silly
Park Silly Sunday Market.
Celebration of Life for Sparky!
We would love to see you all at this event to celebrate Allan Sparky Tuttle's life
Tell stories, laugh, drink, and remember this wonderful, funny, kind, adventurous, talented human being.
All ages are welcome. You can enter into the back courtyard area thru the gate on the South side of the American Legion bar. Event will begin at 2pm and go til approximately 7pm. Refreshments and finger foods will be served.
If you know of people who knew Sparky but do not frequent or participate in social media please make sure they are aware of this event. :)
This is what he wanted... A BIG 'Ol party that will make him proud!!
Jason Boland & the Stragglers w/Ghostowne
Tickets: $22 ADV / $25 DOS
Our favorite songs are like one-night stands: passionate or sad, capable of recalling moments with Proustian power. Our favorite artists are lifelong companions: fixtures we turn to for comfort and highs.
Over the last two decades, Jason Boland and the Stragglers have delivered and become both.
“We’ve always just wanted to entertain ourselves and put out music that would be a part of people’s lives, not just something passing to them,” says Boland. “We want to be something more monolithic.” He pauses and grins as he adds, “We’re just a social experiment at this point.”
Boland is talking about the deep body of work he’s created with his band of jangly honky-tonk aces, the Stragglers––Grant Tracy on bass; drummer and background vocalist Brad Rice; Nick Worley on fiddle, mandolin, and harmonies; and Cody Angel on guitar and pedal steel. Fronted and co-founded by Boland with Tracy and Rice, the band has featured only a handful of other members over the last 20 years, all of whom––whether they’re currently Stragglers or not––are like brothers. As they’ve independently sold more than half a million albums, the outfit has packed iconic dancehalls, theaters, and other big rooms across the country.
With their new record Hard Times are Relative, Boland and the Stragglers stack the smart, road-ready outlaw country longtime fans have come to expect alongside creative risks that flirt with punk and psychedelic sounds. The 10-song collection is a rare blend of instantly gratifying and rewarding of closer listens––a definitively Stragglers accomplishment. “It’s an upbeat album––a lot of fast songs, but it doesn’t try to be fast,” Boland says with characteristic insight. “It just sits in the pocket.”
No one has combined Woody Guthrie’s conscience with Waylon Jenning’s panache quite like Boland and the Stragglers. Since debuting in 1999 with the Lloyd Maines-produced Pearl Snaps, the band has matured without taming their refreshing irreverence. “We always joke that we try to take as much as we can from Lloyd and apply it to producing our own records,” Boland says. “We’ve worked with him so many times. The most obvious thing he taught us is: just be musical. Don’t hammer through the songs like a garage band all the time.”
That mix of subtle musical sophistication and unruly Oklahoma junkyard pedigree has resulted in some of the best independent honky tonk in recent memory. “You just have to be where you are––keep plugging away and doing the best you can at any moment,” Boland says, reflecting on their career thus far. “For a bunch of slackers [like us], that’s not too terribly tough.”
Co-produced by the Stragglers, David Percefull, and Adam Odor, Hard Times are Relative is the band’s ninth studio record. All songs were recorded live to tape and without the use of any computers––now a Stragglers’ hallmark. Upbeat steel guitar kicks off album opener “I Don’t Deserve You” before Boland’s signature baritone thunders in, smooth and stronger than ever. When fellow sly honky-tonk champ Sunny Sweeney joins him in out-front harmonies, the two become the rootsy dream team you never knew you always wanted.
The album’s title track is a masterpiece: an epic story song about a young orphaned brother and sister depending on the land and one another. Rich details layered over strings paint a scene that’s compelling and lush. The song has become one of Boland’s favorites. “Folk music is hard to write. Country music is hard to write,” he says, reflecting on the difficulty of spinning a long tale while keeping it simple and engaging. “When you hit your own little tuning fork in your head, that one is a hard sell, even to me. But I enjoy that song.”
“Right Where I Began” sounds like vintage Stragglers: clever wordplay and muscly guitars ready for two-steppers. Fiddle and vocal showcase “Searching for You” shows off Rice’s and Worley’s harmonies that are downright divine. Crunchy guitars drive “Dee Dee OD’d” as Boland offers another round of wry observations. Easy gem “Going Going Gone” makes a solid argument for fiddle in rock-and-roll as Boland deftly turns a baseball metaphor into a classic leaving song.
Gorgeous waltz “Do You Remember When” bemoans some of modern life’s emphasis on disposability and the dismissal of heritage. Rollicking “Tattoo of a Bruise” picks up the same idea, and is tongue-in-cheek country doo-wop, fueled by fiddle, steel, and drums. “I’m not judging anybody,” Boland clarifies. “Our music has always called it like we see it, right or wrong, smarter or dumber.”
Praise for the past but acknowledgement of nostalgia’s limitations is a career-long theme for Boland, and one that this record continues to carry. “We don’t want to lose the chili recipes and the Schroeder Halls because people are moving on to faster, louder, and newer,” he says. “But instead of just hemming and hawing, remembering what’s old and gone, we want to have new experiences within those frameworks––make memories with what’s left of the good stuff.”
With lines like “Empty pockets don’t mean you need money / It’s just another place to put your hands / And focus on that rock you’ve been kicking / One day it’s going to be a grain of sand,” “Predestined” challenges listeners as it soothes. The song is a lyrical victory for Boland, who’s long-since become a master of distilling heady ideas into digestible nuggets.
Penned by Oklahoma music godfather Randy Crouch, “Grandfather’s Theme” serves as the album’s climactic closer. Attacked with psychedelic ferocity by the band, the song picks up the record’s recurring concepts of the ground’s insistence on shifting, inevitability, and our complex relationship with the past. Stripped down as Boland sings, the song soars off into a trippy, robust jam-band send-off––a serious triumph especially considering it’s a defiantly analog recording. “We’re fighting the digital world because they can make it so huge,” Boland says, discussing the balancing act of filling out songs while letting them breathe. “I’m really proud if what we did.”
As he mulls over where the Stragglers have been and where they’re headed, Boland comes back to one idea over and over again: he and his band are who they are, and with that genuineness comes grit, beauty, and staying power. “We’re fortunate that we’re not trying to fool anybody,” he says. “That’s what it comes down to. We’re all loners but somehow a team. Now that I can look at it all, I can see: it’s been fun.”
GHOSTOWNE Acoustic Duo
Steven & Eric performing all your favorite Ghostowne hits on the patio!
GHOSTOWNE @ Utah Arts Festival
Performing on the Park Stage from 5 to 6pm.
GHOSTOWNE acoustic Duo
Ghostowne acoustic Duo gig on the patio! Always a great time!!
GHOSTOWNE @ Snowbird Ski Resort
Free & All ages! always a great time on the main patio.
Ghostowne Duo acoustic performance
Steven Wells & Eric Fields of Ghostowne will be performing acoustic versions of all your favorite Ghostowne songs over the past 20 years.
Performing on the patio from 4-7pm. 21+ only. cheers!
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Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers w/ Ghostowne
Bridging the gap between rock & roll, roadhouse Americana, and the music sound of the southwestern United States, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have carved their own path over the last 25 years. They’ve traveled the world, sent eight albums to the top of the Billboard Internet Sales Chart, launched an annual music festival in Mexico, started their own line of ultra-premium tequila and built a global community of music-lovers and peacemakers – all while remaining 100% independent. 21+ with a full bar. DOORS 8 | SHOW 9
Both bands are celebrating their 20 year anniversaries!
Get your tickets now. This will sell out!
Steven Wells unplugged @ Snowbird Ski Resort
Steven Wells & Eric Fields will be performing unplugged Ghostowne hits from the past 20 years.
bring the whole fam damily and a cooler. Laugh at Steven trying to keep a 12-string acoustic in-tune in these wonderful conditions.
On the main patio. free and all ages
Jackson Taylor & the Sinners w/ Ghostowne
Outlaw country at its best!! Don't miss this show.
Jackson Taylor & the Sinners w/ Ghostowne
Jackson Taylor's 1st time in Utah!!
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