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Katie Carroll: Don’t Miss J.R. Adams and The Stellar Jays

Katie Carroll

If You Go...

What: The Stellar Jays with JR Adams and Friends

When: 9 a.m. Thursday, April 9

Where: Karma Wine Bar and Lounge, 737 Lincoln Ave. downstairs

— What do you get when you mix Colorado, Minnesota, and Georgia? How about Yer State Birds, Trampled by Turtles and Old Town Pickers? You get an all-star group of Rocky Mountain grassrock badasses, that’s what. J.R. Adams and the Stellar Jays are playing at Karma Wine Bar and Lounge tonight, Thursday, for perhaps the last time until summer. Get in there, folks. Get a glass full of wine with your music.

Who are the hybrid Stellar Jays? J.R. Adams and Jeff Goodhand hail from Yer State Birds, a local band that has grown into a full quintet this year. They spin blues, rock n’ roll and southern roots into their repertoire. Fresh off gigs this winter at Old Town Pub, Steamboat Smokehouse, Sunset Happy Hour, and the Mansion on Gaper Day, the crew is ready to start recording new music.

J.R., the frontman for Yer State Birds and the Stellar Jays, sings, plays acoustic guitar and the harmonica (there’s a harmonica!). J.R. is joined by his fellow bird and Atlantan, Jeff, in the Stellar Jays. Fun fact about Jeff, Goodhand is really his last name. It’s no wonder he became a bass player, although the name could have catapulted him into a great career as a 007 sidekick.

Dave Carroll (no relation to this blogger, sadly) hails from Duluth, Minnesota, and is a member of Trampled By Turtles, the band famous for hits like “Alone” and “Wait So Long.” If you’re unfamiliar with their sound, anyone who likes Dawes or The Avett Brothers will definitely fit in musically with the Turtles. There’s no telling when Dave will be back up to the ‘Boat, starting in April. The Turtles go on tour all summer, from Bonnaroo to Telluride to Winnipeg. Hopefully when they hit Telluride and Red Rocks at the end of August, he’ll have time to reunite with the Stellar Jays.

Eric Baker is also well-known to residents of Steamboat, as he plucks the mandolin in Sunset Happy Hour’s favorite band, The Old Town Pickers. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Eric has heard and has been playing “Crazy Rockin’ Bluegrass Infused Mountain Music” for a long time. Eric is likely going to take it easy at Karma on Thursday night before rejoining the Pickers. The Pickers are playing a gig on the Slopeside beach Friday night. For Thursday, though, there’s nothing like a wine cellar to get in a smooth groove.

So, while the Stellar Jays may come from all over and different styles — because Rocky Mountain rock means 100 things sometimes — their musical talents and love to play will equal a sound unlike other groups. But it’s but one you’ll grow to love from the musical camaraderie. Especially with a glass of wine next to you, how could you not?

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