Cain’s Ballroom Hosted Top Bluegrass Act, Yonder Mountain String Band
Colorado’s Yonder Mountain String Band has one of the fastest growing fan bases in the country. They bring their unique brand of bluegrass to Tulsa this Thursday to Cain’s.
Photo by Aaron Farrington
Cain’s Ballroom hosted one of the hottest touring bands in the country, Yonder Mountain String Band.
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Yonder Mountain String Band had a massive 2008 and 2009 is off and running. The band has just finished their annual Spring Tour which took them through the Pacific North West and down the West Coast. Following the spring tour, Yonder announced its summer tour to include many prestigious festivals including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rothbury, Northwest String Summit, Wakarusa, All Good and more and some big headlining shows. The summer will culminate in a headlining play at Red Rocks and three shows at the legendary Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA supporting the Dave Matthews Band.
This past fall marked the band’s first ten years together the Colorado transplants first became a band in the fall of 1998 in Nederland, CO outside of Boulder and soon took their rock-infused bluegrass sound all over the country. After ten years of solid touring and recording, Yonder continues to break new ground with their marathon live shows. Jeff Austin (mandolin), Adam Aijala (guitar), Dave Johnston (banjo), and Ben Kaufmann (bass), have formed a group that is a force to be reckoned with.
In honor of their first ten years together, Yonder released Decade, a digital release featuring a live show from every year of Yonder straight from the archives. The download package has been immensely popular with the longtime fans. Other recent highlights included the release of Mountain Tracks: Volume 5, a co-headline tour with longtime collaborator Keller Williams, a main stage performance at Bonnaroo, the band’s seventh appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, a performance at the inaugural Rothbury festival and the annual North West String Summit, hosted by the band. The band also proudly represented their home-state at this year’s Democratic National Convention. Yonder performed at INVESCO Field just hours before Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech for the nomination.
In between their busy tour schedule, Yonder has completed a new studio album this winter with producer Tom Rothrock (Elliot Smith, Beck), who also produced the last Yonder studio record, Yonder Mountain String Band. The continuation of the studio collaboration with Rothrock at the helm has been an amazing creative process and the band plans to self-release the record nationwide on September 1st. However, the hometown fans who attend the Red Rocks show on August 28th will receive a free copy of the record and get to hear it a few days before it’s national release date. The record features twelve new originals and more information about the album will be announced soon.