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Yonder Mountain String Band Teams up w/Colorado’s Finest Outdoor Companies


We are excited to announce a chance to win the ultimate New Year’s eve with Yonder Mountain String Band at the Boulder Theater!

We have teamed up with some of Colorado’s finest to give you a chance to win tickets to one of our NYE shows with special guest Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stanley Jordan at the Boulder Theater as well as outdoor gear to kick off 2016! We are giving away a grand prize package of $1,800+ in gear from SCARPA footwear, Osprey Packs, New Belgium Brewing,Voormi, Big Agnes, Zeal Optics and Yonder!

Simply share your favorite moments from 2015 by submitting a photo and you are entered! These photos can be from past festivals, Yonder shows, moments of being outside – whatever was the best times for you in 2015! 

Enter here: http://j.mp/takemeyonder3
Or tag your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter photo with ‪#‎TakeMeYonder‬

Tickets: http://bit.ly/bouldernye



“Love Before You Can’t” Pre-Tour Skype Edition


Just a few more days until we hit the road…but who’s counting anyways?jj

We’ve been looking forward to the fall tour since the day we stepped off the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheater this past summer! We took a few weeks to unwind and we couldn’t be more stoked to get back on the road and among our Kinfolk with some exciting stops and ending tour on a high-note with our 4 night New Years Eve shows with special guests (to be announced this week so stay tuned!) at the Boulder Theater!

Yonder Mountain can be found from coast to coast…literally. Our lady, Allie Kral is in the Northwest, Ben Kaufmann in California, Dave Johnston & Adam Aijala in Colorado and Jacob Jolliff in the Northeast. From time to time, it can be hard to get everyone under the same roof during breaks from tour. We wouldn’t let distance stop us and we decided to harness the powers of the inter-webs and put together this fun video of “Love Before You Can’t” – Skype style! Hope you enjoy and we hope to see you this Fall!

We hope to see you along the way: http://bit.ly/ymsbtours

Black Sheep – Live From Red Rocks Amphitheater


Only a couple more days before we hit the road for our Fall tour. As we get ready to head out, we reminisce on all the great places and times we have had to this point and although each show provided a unique experience in its own way, our Red Rocks show is a memory that burns bright for us. With the addition of Jake and Allie and the release of our album, “Black Sheep“, playing at the iconic sandstone monoliths amphitheater that we call Red Rocks, was the icing on the cake for our summer tour. As Reverb put it, ” It quickly became clear that the band’s two new members, mandolinist Jake Jolliff and fiddle player Allie Kral, have settled in with the band and that the quintet is working well as a unit.” It’s been a great one so far and we look forward to touring this fall, kicking it off at the Hangtown Halloween Ball on Oct. 23rd. In celebration of this past year and looking forward to hitting the road, enjoy this Red Rocks video of “Black Sheep”.

Red Rocks Setlists
Yonder Mountain String Band
Set 1
Around You, Left Me in a Hole, Only a Northern Song -> Sidewalk Stars -> Only a Northern Song, I’ve Got a Name, Another Day, Black Sheep, All Aboard -> New Dusty Miller -> All Aboard

Set 2
Drawing a Melody, Criminal, The End is Not in Sight, I’m Lost, It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City -> Eat In Go Deaf -> It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City, Jolene, 40 Miles from Denver, Landfall, Love Before You Can’t, Insult, Angel -> Robots -> Angel, E: Traffic Jam* -> Jaywalking* -> Traffic Jam*
* w/ Greensky Bluegrass



Photos by Spady Photography

Enjoy This Grateful Dead Cover of “Shakedown Street”



This past May, our friends at Jambase celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead, by teaming up with Telefunken to produce the Songs Of Their Own video series. They began with a list of 100 Grateful Dead original songs (exclusively their tunes, not covers they often played) and tapped many of their favorite artists to record a cover version either at the JamBase office in San Francisco or at one of the many venues around town and beyond. No song was allowed to be covered twice, and we were honored when they asked Yonder Mountain String Band to cover “Shakedown Street”.

As Ben Kaufmann said, “Lets play a song, that everyone can like, whether you are 2 or maybe even as old as 26, may even as old as Jake Jolliff. Lets play a song called “Shakedown Street.”

Well…what do you think folks? Did they pass the audition?

In the next couple of months we will be asking our Kinfolk what covers they would like to see this Fall Tour. We invite you to take part in this conversation and much more by signing up for our exclusive emails.

So turn this one up, sip on your Sunday morning cup of joe, and let these vibes take you to another place and time on this beautiful Fall day.

Guitar Player Mag Talks Black Sheep

Dave, Jake, and Adam recently talked to Guitar Player Magazine​ about Black Sheep and much more.  Check out the interview here!

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Dave Talks with the Aspen Times

Dave talked to The Aspen Times​ about our shows at the Belly Up​ this Tuesday and Wednesday; check out the interview here.  Few tickets remain for each night, so grab em while you can and we’ll see you in Aspen!

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Acoustic Guitar Magazine

We recently shot a performance and interview with Acoustic Guitar magazine​!  We play a few songs from Black Sheep and Ben and Adam talk about the new album, playing music with Jacob Jolliff​ and Allie Kral​, Adam’s love for Collings Guitars​, and everything in between.  Check it out here!

Acoustic Guitar Sessions Presents Yonder Mountain String Band

Signs and Signings with Rex-A-Vision

We talked with Rex-A-Vison​ recently about our new album, bringing Jacob Jolliff​ and Allie Kral​ on board, our incredible Kinfolk community, and all other kinds of fun stuff that only comes out when Rex is asking the questions.  Check out the video at Live For Live Music​ now!

Pre-Order Black Sheep!

Black Sheep pre-order is here! Today you can order your very own copy of Black Sheep on CD or vinyl, along with a snazzy Black Sheep t-shirt delivered to your doorstep. Want to go big? Go deluxe! Full details on your ordering options can be found here. Order today and your Black Sheep T will be in your mailbox in the next week, so you can help show the world what’s coming their way June 16th. You’ll also receive some instant gratification, “Insult And An Elbow” MP3 delivered to your inbox posthaste. If you’ll be at a Yonder show soon, pre-order in person beginning in Park City this Wednesday, and we’ll put the shirt on your back.

We’ll see you out there this week.



Insult and an Elbow Video Premier on Rolling Stone

We’re proud to announce the video premier for ‘Insult and an Elbow’ on Rolling Stone! Check out the article right here, where Ben speaks to the magazine about his inspiration for the song. ‘Insult and an Elbow’ will be available on our new album Black Sheep, due out June 16th through our very own Frog Pad Records.