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Pink Floyd’s ” Animals” Tribute – “Dogs” from Northwest String Summit


“Dogs” – Yonder Mountain String Band – 2016 Northwest String Summit

“After a teasing intro about the uproar Bob Dylan touched off when he went electric, the band eased the crowd into the concept with some of their more traditional wares before slowly switching to new-fangled “Electrified Geetars” and bringing out guest keyboardist Asher Fullero and drummer Jay Elliott helped create an inspired set that featured a tribute to Pink Floyd’s classic album, Animals. If the shell shocked audience’s seemingly never ending cheers were any indication, it’s safe to say the electrical experiment was a rousing success.”

-Rex Thomson, Live For Live Music

Announcing Our 2016 Fall Tour

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Yonder Mountain String Band is thrilled to announce an action packed 2016 Fall Tour.  We will be joined by some incredible musicians, hitting some of our favorite venues and cities along the way.

October 5th – Birmingham, AL – Wordplay Theatre*

October 6th – Augusta, GA – Jessye Norman Amphitheater *

October 7th – Corolla, NC – Mustang Music Festival

October 8th – Charlotte, NC – U.S. National Whitewater Center^

October 9th – Boone, NC – Legends at Appalachian University^

October 12th – Roanoke, VA – Jefferson Center^

October 13th – Morgantown, WV – MainStage Morgantown^

October 14th – Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson Theater^

October 15th – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club^

October 16th – Ardmore, PA – The Ardmore Music Hall^

October 19th-20th – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl+

October 21st – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club+

October 22 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom+

October 23 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall+

October 26 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark+

October 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom+

October 28th – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue+

October 29th – Chicago, IL – House of Blues+

October 30th – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room +

Fruition – * Billy Strings – ^ Pert Near Sandstone – +

We kick things off October 5th in Birmingham, AL and October 6th in Augusta, GA, with our good friends Fruition.

The first time they ever made music together, Fruition’s three lead singer-songwriters discovered that their voices naturally blended into beautiful three-part harmonies. In the eight years since that impromptu busking session, the Portland, Oregon-based quintet has grown from a rootsy, string-centric outfit to a full-fledged rock band with an easy but powerful grasp of soul, blues, and British Invasion era pop.

More information on Fruition: http://www.fruitionband.com

Billy Strings joins us beginning on October 8th in Charlotte, NC, as we make our way through the Southeast and East Coast.

“Billy Strings is a 20 yr old, tattoo covered guitar picker/singer that you surely will be hearing about for years to come. “Blessed with the voice of an old soul from the mountains, a gentlemanly air, and the ability to sling hundreds of notes with razor-crisp precision at the speed of a machine gun, Strings’ flat-picking talent seems almost beyond comprehension to veterans of the local bluegrass scene, especially given his youth.” – Northern Express Publications.

More information on Billy Strings: http://www.billystrings.com

Pert Near Sandstone hops aboard the train, kicking things off with a double header at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY October 19th & 20th,  We’ll make our way through the Midwest, with tour closing shows at the House of Blues in Chicago on October 29th, and The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE on October 30th.

Pert Near Sandstone emerged from the same roots-based musical hotbed in Minneapolis that gave birth to Bob Dylan, The Jayhawks and Spider John Koerner. Originally formed by four friends from the same hometown, Pert Near Sandstone formed unintentionally over weekly, whiskey-fueled picking sessions in an old house in St. Paul, MN. They decided without any real intentions to start playing shows and the chemistry of their music and friendships, even early on, left people feeling like the party followed them everywhere they went. Word of the bands’ uncanny ability to whip audiences into frenzies spread and they were invited to play some of Minnesota’s most legendary venues including First Avenue, the Cedar Cultural Center and the Historic Orpheum Theater.

More information on Pert Near Sandstone: http://pertnearsandstone.com

So many great show and cities, not to mention incredible music, so join us for the ride.

Pre-sale begins Wednesday (tomorrow), July 20th, at 10 AM CT via Yonder ticketing.

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Grab your pre-sale tickets and get a free download code to redeem tasty live Yonder from the vast catalogue at Yondermountainlive.com.  Public on-sale begins Friday July 22nd at 10 AM CT.

We look forward to seeing you this fall!

Yonder Mountain String Band’s 2016 Red Rock Show Announced!



Yonder Mountain String Band returns to our home-state venue Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

Accompanying YMSB for this year’s homecoming, we welcome Drive-By Truckers, as well as special guests Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  This powerful and eclectic line-up features the amazing soulful southern rock of Drive-By Truckers, the rich jazz tradition of New Orleans with Preservation Hall, plus the original blend of bluegrass and progressive jam-improvisations of Yonder Mountain.

Pre-sale tickets begin Wednesday – March 9 at 10 AM MST: http://bit.ly/RRPre-Sale

AEG/KBCO pre-sale on Thursday – March 10th at 10 AM MST: http://bit.ly/KBCOAEGRR

Public on-sale is Friday – March 11 at 10 AM MST: http://bit.ly/KBCOAEGRR


For nearly 18 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation. Notoriously independent, Yonder Mountain String Band has paved the path for a genre and sound as unique as the band itself.

Yonder Mountain String Band consisting of Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals), Dave Johnston (banjo, vocals), Ben Kaufmann (bass, vocals), Allie Kral (violin, vocals), and Jacob Jolliff (mandolin, vocals) — began a new era for the band with the release of Black Sheep. The first YMSB album produced by the band itself, Black Sheep is, by any measure, considered the most mesmeric of their career. Black Sheep marks the first time in Yonder’s history that they utilized, throughout an entire record, the conventional five-piece instrumental arsenal of bluegrass music (guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and bass), proving yet again that the band continues to be a progressive

Yonder Mountain String Band will feature original tunes pulled from the recent release Black Sheep, along with an arsenal of originals and re-invented covers of classic hits that span a variety of genres to create a Yonder experience like none before.

Drive By Truckers


Co-founded by Patterson Hood (guitar, vocals) and Mike Cooley (guitar, vocals), the alternative country five-piece Drive-By Truckers also includes Brad Morgan (drums), Jay Gonzalez (keyboards, guitar, vocals, accordion, saw), and Matt Patton (bass, vocals). Their 12th studio album, English Oceans (March 2014; ATO Records) is an elegantly balanced and deeply engaged effort that finds the group refreshed and firing on all cylinders. Drive-By Truckers recently released their long awaited live album, It’s Great To Be Alive: Recorded Live at The Fillmore (October 2015), which was recorded over a three-night run at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.


Preservation Hall Jazz Band


The New Orleans jazz band Preservation Hall Jazz Band got their name directly from the Preservation Hall venue located in the French Quarter. Preservation Hall was among the few NOLA venues that welcomed both Caucasian and African-American musicians during the early 1960s when the Jazz Band first got its start. The current line-up includes Joe Lastie Jr. (drums, backing vocals), Clint Maedgen (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, vocals), Rickie Monie (piano), Mark Braud (trumpet, backing vocals), Ronell Johnson (tuba, piano, vocals), Charlie Gabriel (clarinet, tenor saxophone, vocals) and Ben Jaffe (tuba, string bass, banjo, percussion, backing vocals). In 2013, Preservation Hall Jazz Band released their first album, That’s It!, consisting of all original material written over the course of their more than 50-year career.

For more information on Yonder Mountain String Band and their forthcoming tour dates, please visit: yondermountain.com

Belly Up Live! Podcast Peformances

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Yonder Mountain String Band joined us on the “What’s Up at the Belly Up” Podcast and performed “Drawing a Melody.” For the full performance and interview check out the full podcast here: http://goo.gl/tQe5wd

for more full podcast episodes, please check out: http://bellyuplive.com/podcast

to purchase albums and singles from previous Belly Up shows: http://bellyuplive.com

4th of July Yonder Mountain String Band Playlist

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Happy Independence Day!

Enjoy some Yonder tunes while you are at your BBQ on this 4th of July! 
We hope that you are having a great day with you family and friends!

Playlist: http://bit.ly/4thofJulyYMSB

Only Northern Song
Straight Line
Girlfriend is Better
Intro 2
Go In Go Deaf Go Out Go Broke
Pass This Way
Son of a Preacher Man
Holland 1945
Ever Fallen In Love
New Dusty Miller
Bound To Ride
Traffic Jam
40 Miles To Denver
Bolton Stretch
Lonesome Road Blues

Join us on tour: bit.ly/ymsbtours


Win the Ultimate Red Rock’s Amphitheatre VIP Package!


Enter to win the ultimate VIP Package to our August 20th show at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Drive-By Truckers and Preservation Hall Jazz Band!

Package Includes:

•Access to Sound Check (starts 3:30 PM subject to change)
•Pre-Show Cocktail Hour
•Meet & Greet with Yonder Mountain String Band
• Early Entry to the Venue 
•Exclusive Swag Bag with Yonder merch & more
•Live Download of the Show
•Signed Laminate
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Yonder Mountain String Band Will Join The Mustang Music Festival in Corolla, NC


We are pleased to be apart of this great line-up at the Mustang Music Festival on October 7th and 8th!

We will be joining Moe.LettuceG. Love & Special SauceSmooth Hound SmithFruitionBIG SomethingRipeEmpire Strikes Brass,  Lunar Test Drive at the Corolla, NC.

Tickets Available: http://bit.ly/28JAk47