ABOUT JAMIE WYMAN BAND
JAMIE WYMAN BAND IS A ROCK BAND FROM WHITEFISH, MONTANA.
It took fate and a global pandemic to bring together the members of the Jamie Wyman Band in the tiny mountain town of Whitefish, Montana. With a stockpile of original songs, Jamie joined forces with her life partner Andy Belski on bass and Garrett Tovey on lead guitar to produce a big sound that walks the line between folk rock, alt country, and psychedelic rock. Their music flows seamlessly between moments of emotionally intimate lyrics and heavy rock, complete with driving bass, piercing guitar solos, and exacting drums. Jamie’s vocals have been compared to Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane, Ann Wilson of Heart, and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine.
Although Jamie had been playing music as a solo act for several years, she always knew her songs wanted more complex sounds. Building an original band from scratch is challenging in any circumstance, but finding the right musicians is even harder in such a small town. Then the pandemic hit. Suddenly Jamie and Andy had time on their hands. In July 2020, they invited over a few musicians to their “Garage Mahal” to play some socially-distanced music. They began to transform Jamie’s original songs with the help of various musicians, but they had a hard time finding a lead guitarist. Then Garrett Tovey moved to town in the fall of 2020. The opportunity presented by the coronavirus pandemic was that the band had time to dedicate to co-writing music and rehearsing several days per week. When they were able to perform in public, starting in the spring of 2021, they hit the ground running and have savored every minute on stage.
Each member of the Jamie Wyman Band brings something unique to the group. It is this variety that has resulted in a truly surprising sound. The band is headed into the studio early in 2022 with their first batch of original songs. Read more about the band members . . .
Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Jamie Wyman had to go to law school to discover that her true calling was singing and songwriting. After spending several years in social work on a traditional path to making the world a better place, Jamie realized songwriting was actually her most powerful tool. Her songs touch on subjects that capture unique moments in the human experience. One of her favorite things to do is interview another person and transform their story into a song that reveals their spirit.
While working as a Child Protection Specialist for the State of Montana, Jamie joined her first band as the lead singer in 2012. She had not yet discovered songwriting, but that soon followed when she wrote a song about a baby she saved. Having been trained on piano by her grandmother as a child, Jamie revisited her musical background when she went solo in 2013. She took the leap and started sharing her original music at local open mic nights. Her musicianship, her songwriting, and her confidence became stronger over the next five years.
In 2018, Jamie received a scholarship to attend the songwriting workshop at the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival. During this week-long retreat, she studied the craft of songwriting with Liz Longley, Jim Messina, and Justin Townes Earle. The following week, Jamie founded The Great Blue Song Project, a nonprofit that pairs songwriters with people coping with cancer. She had been looking for a way to share the gift of songwriting with others and she learned a thing or two about music production along the way. In addition to leading the project, Jamie’s song “I Didn’t Know” is featured on the project’s debut album Paint Them All In Gold. In 2020, Jamie’s song “The Nest” was chosen as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. That song also appears on a compilation album to benefit the Missoula Art Museum. With the help of her band, Jamie continues her quest to save the world through music.
Jamie is a fourth-generation Montanan. She has two step kids (Piper and Talon) and two bossy aussies (Tanzie and Opal). Jamie and her husband, bass player Andy Belski, live in Whitefish, MT.
BASS, BACKUP VOCALS
Andy Belski’s door is always open and when he started hosting jam sessions in his “Garage Mahal,” Jamie entered the picture. They started jamming together in 2016 but it wasn’t until the coronavirus pandemic hit that they took the music to another level. Andy’s vision to build a band aligned with Jamie’s vision, and Andy had the experience to put all the pieces together. Andy was deep in the music business in the early 1990s when he mixed live sound, booked shows and toured with a progressive band called Buddha Bass Process. This led to engineering club sound in Durango, Colorado for several years. He was quick to get Brayden, JWB’s sound engineer, on board. Andy picked up his first instrument, the banjo, when he was 10 years old, followed closely by guitar. He has played guitar his whole life, but found more recently that he prefers the bass. Andy loves exploring complex time signatures and draws influence from progressive bands like King Crimson, Hawkwind, Ozric Tentacles, Porcupine Tree and other psychedelic styles of music that are driven by complicated drums and bass. He enjoys the timelessness of playing on stage, taking the audience for a journey, and watching people sway to his bass line.
Between Buddha Bass Process and JWB, Andy built a Natural Resource Restoration Company with four partners and raised two kids, Piper and Talon. He is a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor and loves the challenge of leading a team of surveyors and taking on random day-to-day projects where nothing is ever the same. Andy grew up in a caving family in the deserts of southern New Mexico. He has explored and mapped some of the longest caves in the world. He also loves fishing and enjoys throwing dinner parties with fresh seafood and good wine. And, of course, dinner parties and band rehearsals would not be the same without a pack of dogs running around.
LEAD GUITAR, BACKUP VOCALS
It took several months for Garrett Tovey to reveal his biggest musical milestones to the band, which include contributing as a studio musician on several well-known artists’ albums (e.g., Nathaniel Rateliff and Alabama Shakes) and opening for Shakey Graves at SXSW with his band The Claymores. His modesty didn’t matter because his guitar skills and his passion for songwriting spoke volumes. Garrett started his musical journey as a drummer, picking up percussion at age nine. He started playing guitar after high school because he wanted to write songs. Garrett’s biggest influences growing up were David Gilmour and Jimmy Page. More recently he adds Dan Auerbach, Neal Casal, Nels Cline, and Gram Parsons. Garrett has a tiny pedal board that packs a big punch and you never know what sounds will be made by his bare feet.
JWB found Garrett in rural Montana because his other passion is outdoor education. He moved to Whitefish in October 2020 when he was hired as the Director of Education for the Glacier Institute. Garrett grew up in southern Georgia and lived other places, but he came to Montana for the bears and he has already found several of them. He believes Montana is the last best place where he can have a big impact on fostering the next generation of environmental stewards. Garrett spends as much time as he can in the wilderness with his dogs Addie and Hank.
While “Sound Engineer” may be Brayden Richardson’s official title, he is known to the band as “The Secret Weapon.” Brayden is a recent high school graduate (class of 2021!) with a level of technical skill and a natural ear for producing live sound that is well beyond his earth years. His dad was the production manager at his church, which gave Brayden the opportunity to start running lights at age 12 and mixing audio at age 13. Since then he has worked on a variety of theatrical, orchestral, dance, live band shows, and other performances at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center and other venues in Northwest Montana.
Brayden was born and raised in Whitefish, Montana and uses his free time to learn as much as he can about anything and everything related to tech and production. Some of his current interests include After Effects, programming, circuit design, and analog audio and video synthesis.