Line Up

Friday 7/14

Sawdust 5-6pm
Sawdust is southwest North Dakota’s newest band. They hail from Belfield, North Dakota. Sawdust performs both country and western music. The band consists of Valerie Kanski, Presley Weiler, Moises Romo, and Clay Schaeffer.
Royal Bliss 6-8pm
Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, Royal Bliss has been making their mark for years with a consistent work ethic of writing, recording, and touring that have helped build the success of the band. Their wide variety of influences from Johnny Cash to Led Zeppelin, and everything in between, has helped to mold a sound that is uniquely theirs that cannot be denied. Their “Heartland Rock” speaks to the common man, tells a story and rocks out with a good party crowd, all the while being delivered by the inimitable deep and raspy voice of front man, Neal Middleton and the scorching sounds of seasoned musicians Dwayne Crawford (Bass), Jake Smith (Drums), Taylor Richards (Guitar) and Sean “Memphis” Hennesy (guitar/banjo), who combine to make Royal Bliss. Their journey is evolving and they are growing as a band that now seems to be making their way down a road pointing eastbound on I-40, all the way from Salt Lake City to Nashville, TN.
Ned Ledoux 8:00-10:00pm
In country music, a last name like LeDoux casts a big, storied and bittersweet shadow, but it’s one Ned LeDoux doesn’t mind standing in one bit. Having been a drummer in his dad Chris’ band Western Underground since 1998, Ned knew from an early age that he had “no plan b” but to play music, “Once I got the taste of the road, and being in front of a crowd and just the sound of it, it was…freedom.” When his dad passed away in 2005 from cancer, Ned continued to tour with his father’s band to keep the musical spirit of Chris LeDoux alive. This drove him to pick up the guitar and try his hand at some of his dad’s songs. It started with “Rodeo Man,” and before long Ned had a whole catalogue of his father’s early hits ready to play. When the other band members heard Ned’s voice, he found himself front and center singing at the shows. Stepping out from behind the drums stirred something inside of Ned that he hadn’t felt before, “It’s a different kind of rush, getting up with a guitar and standing behind a microphone…shoot I’m getting butterflies thinking about it right now.” The timing couldn’t be more right for Ned to pick up a guitar and belt out “Western Skies;” it has been over 10 years since Chris LeDoux passed and he believes people want to hear something new. Ned has boxes of song ideas his dad never finished and is digging through those for inspiration, “I will kind of stick with what dad used to do but bring my own stuff to the table.” In July of 2015, Ned traveled to Nashville with some of those unfinished songs and met up with Mac McAnally to put that inspiration to work. Mac produced Chris’ last two studio records and wrote his hit “Horsepower,” so the collaboration with Ned was a natural fit and lead to the first new Chris LeDoux co-write in nearly two decades.
Trick Pony 10-12am

If there’s one thing Heidi & Keith knows when it comes to music, it’s how to stay relevant in an ever changing business where many come and go.

The longevity of the band, founded by both Heidi Newfield and Keith Burns, has them continuing to run the gauntlet with their creative minds, high-octane live show, and the heart to deliver their best music yet. Best known for their high-energy live shows, and radio hits like “Pour Me”, “ Just What I Need”, and Heidi’s solo career hit, “Johnny and June”

Trick Pony has come a long way since 2001, but you’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more from this duo in the coming years. They are as driven and motivated as ever, and this new music is evidence that perseverance pays off.

Saturday 7/15

Aces & Eights 10:00-4:00pm
Aces & Eights is a classic country music duo who just received CD OF THE YEAR by the Rural Roots Commission/National Traditional Country Music Association. Harland Allen of Sturgis, SD and Kim Bachman of Belle Fourche, SD enjoy the roots of country music and take great pleasure in making a contribution to keeping that sound alive. With a variety of instruments from guitar to mandolin to banjo, they play the old familiar tunes along with a select few new. If you like classic country music, you will love the sounds of Aces & Eights. Find them on facebook Check out their website:
Award Ceremony 4:30-5:30pm
Turtle Mountain Talent 5:30-6:30pm
Over the years Turtle Mountain Talents have had the opportunity to open for numerous big name stars such as………Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, CCR, 38 Special, Great White, and more. They play different styles of music from Country, Country Rock, 50’s 60’s 70’s 80’s Rock, Pop and can’t wait to bring their North Dakota sound to the Real American Jam stage.
Whiskey Rebellion 6:30-7:30pm
Back again for summer number two! Whiskey Rebellion is fresh from being voted the state’s best blues band at the ND Music Awards!
Tris Munsick and the Innocents 7:30-9:30pm

Tris Munsick and the Innocents is: Tris Munsick (guitar, lead vocal), Sam Munsick (lead guitar, vocal), Tom Lulias (steel guitar), Nick Lulias (bass), and Ryan Bell (drums). The Innocents formed in 2012 and are based out of Sheridan, WY. They play dance music and cover a wide variety of songs ranging from barroom standards to more edgy original works. If “real country” is what you’re looking for you’ve come to the right place! Their show is designed to keep people dancing, drinking, and having an overall good time from downbeat to last call. The band’s debut album “Last Time I Leave” hit number 19 on the iTunes New Music Charts and was NPR’s runner-up 2014 Wyoming Album of the Year.

Tris Munsick was raised in a family of musicians. The eldest son of regionally esteemed musician/cowboy Dave Munsick. Tris has grown up with country music running through his veins. For the last few years, he has performed throughout the west with his family band “The Munsick Boys”. Tris, along with “The Munsick Boys” and “The Innocents”, has opened for and performed alongside: Lyle Lovett, Gary P. Nunn, Suzy Bogguss, Micky and the Motorcars, Blackhawk, and more. Although The Munsick Boys are still performing regularly, Tris has decided to expand his horizons and is putting his lifeblood into a new project. The Innocents have begun to make an impact in the western states, bringing homegrown country dance music to audiences throughout the mountain west.

Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives 9:30-11:30pm

With legends like George Jones, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard all passed on, country music purists often echo the question Jones himself asked: “Who’s going to fill their shoes?” The answer, in part, is Marty Stuart.

While he’s too gracious to admit it himself, the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician is living, breathing country-music history. He’s played alongside the masters, from Cash to Lester Flatt, who discovered him; been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Bakersfield and points in between; and safeguarded country’s most valuable traditions and physical artifacts. Including its literal shoes: Stuart counts the brogan of Carter Family patriarch A.P. Carter and an assortment of Cash’s black boots among his vast collection of memorabilia.

But most importantly, Stuart continues to record and release keenly relevant music, records that honor country’s rich legacy while advancing it into the future. Way Out West, his 18th studio album, hits both of those marks. Produced by Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), the album is a cinematic tour-de-force, an exhilarating musical journey through the California desert that solidifies Stuart as a truly visionary artist.

Opening with a Native American prayer, a nod to Stuart’s affinity for the indigenous people, particularly the Lakota, Way Out West transports the listener to the lonely but magical American West. It is, in its own way, musical peyote.

“If you go and sit by yourself in the middle of the Mojave Desert at sundown and you’re still the same person the next morning when the sun comes up, I’d be greatly surprised,” says Stuart. “It is that spirit world of the West that enchants me.”

Specifically the promised land of California. Growing up in Philadelphia, Mississippi, Stuart was taken by the mystique of the Golden State: the culture, the movies and especially the music. “Everything that came out of California captivated my kid mind in Mississippi,” he says. “It seemed like a fantasy land. Way Out West is a love letter to that.”

As such, the album could only be recorded there, and Stuart, with his longtime backing band the Fabulous Superlatives, decamped for California. They recorded half of the album at Capitol Records and the rest at Campbell’s M.C. Studio, a gritty space with a vibe all its own. Much of the early Heartbreakers music was recorded at Campbell’s and that primal rock & roll energy is palpable throughout Way Out West, reinforced by Capitol’s own rock history: the Hollywood studio birthed iconic records like the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and the country-rock of Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman. Way Out West, with its atmospheric production, evokes those classics, as well as cowboy records like Marty Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs and Cash’s The Fabulous Johnny Cash, one of the first albums Stuart ever owned.

“This is a California record, and I knew that when I emerged from the studio at night, I wanted to see palm trees and breathe that desert air,” says Stuart.

Listeners too can feel the warmth of those Santa Ana winds over the album’s 15 tracks, a collection of newly written originals, instrumentals and rare covers like the Benny Goodman-penned “Air Mail Special,” and “Lost on the Desert,” once recorded by Johnny Cash.

“I asked Johnny about that song when I was in his band, and he said the only thing he remembered about it was changing some words,” laughs Stuart. “But Way Out West just as easily could have been titled Lost on the Desert.”

The idea of losing oneself runs through Way Out West, with the title track both a spiritual adventure and a cautionary tale – Stuart wraps up the travel ballad with a spoken aside about his own bad trips with pills.

“I researched that for 30 years,” he jokes, self-deprecatingly. “There’s a lot of truth in that song.”

The rollicking standout “Time Don’t Wait” also offers a warning: to not let life race by. “As the dirt fell through my fingers / the wind it seemed to say / don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can today,” sings Stuart. “That’s just country wisdom. I can’t claim that. But I like when you can talk about the simple things that are around us. That makes country music come to life for me,” he says.

When it comes to transforming country songs into tangible experience, Stuart has a secret weapon: the Fabulous Superlatives. Made up of guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and new member, bassist Chris Scruggs, the Superlatives are an extension of Stuart himself.

“The Superlatives are missionaries, they’re fighting partners. They’re my Buckaroos, my Tennessee Three, my Strangers. They’re my legacy band and have been since Day One,” says Stuart.

Along with the playing of Mike Campbell, who contributed guitar, B-3 organ and piano, the Fabulous Superlatives are all over Way Out West and ensure that the mystical detours Stuart explores always remain of the moment.

As Stuart himself will tell you, he often ventures off the reservation – in a way, his entire career has been “way out west.” While other artists chased popular trends in the name of radio play, he formed complete bodies of work, not unlike the greats he idolized. Way Out West is just the latest embodiment of that creative mission.

“I would play this record for Hank Williams, Merle Haggard or Ernest Hemingway and never bat an eye,” says Stuart. “There’s something in there that would entertain each of them.”

But Stuart also made Way Out West for those who come after. As he sees it, there is no greater responsibility in music than to share what you’ve learned.

“Lester Flatt saw something in me and gave me his wisdom, wit and music. Johnny Cash was my best friend. But all of that doesn’t come for free. The job is to pass it along,” says Stuart, stretching out his arms. “That’s the way it’s supposed to be in country music.”

With Way Out West, Stuart holds up his end of the deal.

Beer Garden

Boston Steve
Side Stage 7-7:30pm 9-9:30pm 11-12pm
Garret Dockter

Garret Dockter is North Dakota’s newest rising country music star.  He will be playing at the Beer Garden Saturday July 15.

Ticket Prices

Day Pass - $45 A 1 day pass to either Friday or Saturday of The 2017 Real American Jam Music Festival.
Base ticket price $45 | 5% ND Sales tax $2.00 | Processing fee $3.30
Weekend Pass - $75 A weekend pass to The 2017 Real American Jam Music Festival.
Base ticket price $75 | 5% ND Sales tax $3.50 | Processing fee $5.04

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