ASOJ in Aspen Times

Members of the Boulder bands West Water Outlaws and Cold River City have teamed up for the new blues-rock duo A Shadow of Jaguar, which makes its Aspen debut tonight and kicks off a week-long lineup of free concerts at Belly Up Aspen.

Made up of singer/guitarist Brian Hubbert — the frontman for Cold River City — and drummer Andrew Oakley, the band formed earlier this year after West Water Outlaws split up. Hubbert and Oakley started playing live shows around the Front Range in the spring and recorded a handful of songs, including the recently released slide-guitar-driven, hard rock single “Mama Needs the Bottle.”They’re now on the road for the first time, playing shows around Colorado and the West. And this winter, they’re doing a run of gigs in New York City.

“It’s going to be almost entirely originals and a lot of energy,” Oakley said of the Belly Up show.

West Water Outlaws, which played Aspen last fall, broke up after its headlining show at Boulder’s Fox Theatre last New Year’s Eve.

“That was a memorable show,” Oakley said. “We kind of knew going into it that everybody had different ideas and wanted to go different directions.”

He had already been playing with Hubbert a bit, as Cold River City and West Water Outlaws frequently shared bills in Boulder as prominent local rock bands. Those collaborations birthed A Shadow of Jaguar.

“We were both coming from a place where it felt good to play with one other person on stage, where it’s really efficient to bounce ideas back and forth off of one another,” he said.

-Andrew Travers, Aspen Times