Quicksand Soup is getting ready to celebrate the release of not one – but two – new CDs. Fans can pick up copies of both when the local band performs at Moab Backyard Theater on Wednesday, Aug. 17. [Photo courtesy of Sand Sheff]

Local Western bluegrass band Quicksand Soup is set to release two CDs of new music simultaneously on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Moab Backyard Theater, 56 W. 100 South.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be available.

The band has been hosting free bluegrass shows most Wednesdays at the theater for the last couple of years, and has seen the night’s popularity increase steadily.

Quicksand Soup is made up of four local men with deep roots in Moab.

Guitarist David Steward has been in Moab since the early 1980s. He is known as one of the most talented and versatile pickers in the area, equally adept at performing country, rock or jazz. He is also an established songwriter who contributes an original composition to one of the CDs.

Mandolin player Eric Jones is a Rocky Mountain native raised in the small town of Dinosaur, Colorado. He has also been in Moab for many years.

Bassist Alan Snow is only 17 years old, but has already been making a name for himself as an exciting performer. He takes the lead vocals for two songs on the new CDs.

Sand Sheff is the leader of the band. He was born in Flagstaff, Arizona, and is a veteran of the Nashville and Austin music scenes, with some 14 albums to his name.

One of Quicksand Soup’s new CDs is titled “Heading to the Hills”; the other is called “Walk on In.”

The band recorded the CDs on a single day this June at Jon Olschewski’s home studio during the height of that month’s heat wave. They recorded in the house without the swamp cooler on because it made too much noise, Sheff said.

Quicksand Soup to perform free Aug.17 show at Moab Backyard Theater

What: Quicksand Soup concert and CD release party

When: Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 8p.m.

Where: Moab Backyard Theater, 56 W. 100 South

Cost: Concert is free