Alright, I’ll say it. I’ve got a big ole soft spot for bluegrass. I love alt-indie-beep-boop as much as the next 20-something, but there’s something about folk and bluegrass that just speaks to me, man. Not that irony-ridden, suspender-wearing, 100-mile-an-hour banjo picking nonsense that littered the Top 40 in 2010. I’m talking real, honest bluegrass music. 4 part harmonies and mandolins and songs about the Rocky Mountains and such.
Enter Yonder Mountain String Band. These guys put out their debut album Elevation in 1999, long before the psuedo-folk craze that hit pop radio a few years ago. With songs like “Half Moon Rising,” and “40 Miles From Denver,” Yonder‘s music showcases the groups raw talent and, moreover, some damn good bluegrass reminiscent of folk legends like John Denver, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan.
With 15 years of experience under their collective belt, their new single “Insult and an Elbow” shows definite signs of growth but stays true to their bluegrass roots. Think thumpin’ bass, fast-and-loud fiddle, and buttery smooth harmonies; all the things that earned Yonder their popularity in ’99.
Their show on April 10th is bound to be a ho-down in the best sense of the word. There’s plenty of foot-stompin’, knee-slappin’, and two-steppin’ to be had, so grab your partner and bring em on down to Granada NEXT FRIDAY for Yonder Mountain String Band. Tickets here!