If you go
What: Stockholm Syndrome with These United States
When: Doors open at 8 p.m. today, show at 9 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Steamboat Resort
Music by the band is streaming at www.myspace.com/theseunited. To listen to headlining act Stockholm Syndrome, go to www.myspace.com/stockholmsyndrometheband.
Steamboat Springs A few years ago, longtime friends and music collaborators Jerry Joseph and Dave Schools were on a tour in Europe, talking about how it would be cool to do a project together.
They wrote some rock songs, recruited some friends and put out a record called “Holy Happy Hour.” Then they went back to doing what they do. For Joseph, that’s writing and singing songs for himself and his band, the Jackmormons. For Schools, that’s playing bass for Widespread Panic.
Through the years, the duo kept coming back to its unconventional back-and-forth, one that highlights Joseph’s honest songwriting tastes and Schools’ Americana- and rock-friendly musicianship.
“For me, it allowed me to work on a level that I don’t really get to do that often. … And I really enjoy working with Dave (Schools). I think we have a cool songwriting rapport that we do,” Joseph said.
“He kind of stands there and rolls his eyes at me and tells me it sucks, and I hit him with sticks … and eventually one of us wins. … It’s collaboration through blood,” he said.
Their band, Stockholm Syndrome, plays today at Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Doors open at 8 p.m., and music starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25. Rock ’n’ roll five-piece These United States is set to open.
Filling out the Stockholm Syndrome lineup for its 12-date Western states tour are keyboardist and Gov’t Mule band member Danny Louis, guitarist and P-Funk collaborator Eric McFadden and drummer and Jackson Browne/Sheryl Crowe/James Taylor co-worker Wally Ingram.
“It’s such a diverse group of musicians, all of whom I’m pretty in awe of, so from my standpoint, I’m standing up there in front of my heroes,” Joseph said.
The sound fits with rock and all its offshoots. Because the project is “ultimately about the songs,” the music “whatever the song needs,” Joseph said. To Joseph, good songs have good hooks, along with content that hits him emotionally, he said.
Also following a big sonic rock vein, opening act These United States does rock ’n’ roll with “hints of blues and country and psychedelic rock and folk music, and the whole canon of Americana kind of stuff,” lead singer and band founder Jesse Elliott said.
Originally, a solo project with a rotating cast of backing band members, in the past few years, These United States has taken its permanent five-person shape with “a bigger, fuller, more raucous sound,” Elliott said.