• Montana’s New Nashville

    BY CORINNE GARCIA, PHOTOS BY KELLY GORHAM

    On a warm Monday evening last August — a weekday night that typically has little going on in the way of live entertainment — music was pouring out of Peach Street Studios located in an historic red brick building on Bozeman’s northside.

    The crisp sounds of acoustic guitar were accompanied by the solid, soulful voices and haunting harmonies of a Washington, D.C.-based band called Vandaveer. The next night, it was The Farewell Drifters, a hipster-esque folk band out of Nashville, the night after it was Texas country singer Dale Watson, and on other evenings Montana’s own singer-songwriters took the stage.

    With 24 shows in July and August, it was almost as if, to quote the Grateful Dead, “the music never stopped.”

    If there ever was a music hub for singer-songwriters in the Rockies, a mini-Nashville of sorts, this is it. Peach Street Studios is the headquarters of “Live from the Divide,” a weekly radio show that is a “Celebration of the American Songwriter.”

    To read the rest of Garcia’s story on Live from the Divide, find this issue on newsstands now. To read more Montana all year, subscribe now.

     

     

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    Hear popular Missoula singer-songwriter Tom Catmull’s Live from the Divide show and recording session.

     

  • Viva La Vida: A wheat success story

    By JIM GRANSBERY

    The hamlets of Vida, Montana, and Reeder, North Dakota, are isolated rural communities.

    Vida, population 206, sits a few miles south of Wolf Point in northeastern Montana. Reeder, in the southwestern corner of North Dakota along U.S. Highway 12, is home for 162. This is dryland-farming country, where crops must tolerate weather and climate to survive or die.
    The villages are located in this nation’s two largest spring wheat-producing states – think baked goodies such as bagels, scones, cinnamon rolls, home-baked bread. Yet the towns’ existence is not widely known.

    Now, because of a desired trait in the wheat varieties named after them, Vida and Reeder may well become famous among plant scientists searching for foundational genes to combat looming higher temperatures in July – the critical growth period for spring wheat on the Great Northern Plains.

    To find out more about “stay green” wheat, find this issue on newsstands. To read more Montana all year, subscribe now.