For our August issue, writer Rachel Levin and photographer Jen Siska hopped in the van with Bay Area country-rock band Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers to get an insider view of how musicians road trip the West -- and they picked up lots of helpful tidbits for navigating the backroads and postage stamp-sized towns of our beloved region.

Here, we bring you behind-the-scenes photos from that tour through Wyoming and Idaho, with snapshots of performances and sights along the way.

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For more fun with Nicki and co., check out their lovely live acoustic set at Sunset's Menlo Park, CA campus.

Photos by Jen Siska; captions by Rachel Levin.

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