07/31/2021 - 6:00pm
It's hard to believe that a band that recently released its fourth critically acclaimed record,
played hundreds of shows, appeared at festivals, and topped regional polls, began as an accident.
But nine years ago, Americana visionaries One Ton Pig were just two guys with no band contracted to
play a bluegrass night at a local watering hole.
"We started with no expectations," says primary singer-songwriter Michael Batdorf. "We made a pact for it to be a fun project, and to stop when we weren't having fun."
The Jackson Hole, Wyoming sextet melds the hard-luck singer-songwriter tradition of artists like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Steve Earle with the dazzling musicality and imaginative genre-bending of jam band musicians for a fingerprint aesthetic that blurs the lines between folk, country, jazz, gospel, bluegrass, and rock ‘n' roll. One Ton Pig is Michael Batdorf, guitar, vocals, main songwriter; Tim Farris, mandolin, vocals, co-songwriter; Justin Smith, guitar, vocals, co-songwriter; Matt Herron, violin; Marty Camino, bass; and Jason Baggett, drums.