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Special Guests Announced for New Year Eve Shows at the Boulder Theater

New Year’s Eve Just Got Even Better



Yonder Mountain String Band returns to Boulder, Colorado for a 4-night New Year’s Eve affair at the beloved Boulder Theater December 30January 2. A Yonder Mountain tradition, these hometown shows are the icing on the yearly Yonder cake. As in years past, we are thrilled to announce an all-star line up of special guests to help us bring another one to a close, and celebrate the arrival of 2016.

On Wednesday, December 30th, we welcome the one and only Sam Bush to kick off the NYE run. Honorably called “the King of Newgrass”, Sam Bush is just hitting his stride as the best Mandolin player on the scene.  Sam is no stranger when it comes to sitting in with Yonder, whether it is in the mountains at Telluride Bluegrass, the sandy beaches at Strings & Sol, the main stage at Bonnaroo, or anywhere in between, the Yonder /Sam Bush combination is a force to be reckoned with. We’re honored to welcome him back to the Boulder Theater stage, and look forward to the moments of synergy between this mandolin legend and our very own mandolin master, Mr. Jacob Jolliff.

Recently named “Dobro Player of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and dubbed the “Muhammed Ali of the dobro” Jerry Douglas is solely responsible for bending and redefining the sound of the instrument within the context of a myriad of genres. Jerry also has spent quality time with Yonder over the years, these moments created have been jaw-dropping.  We look forward to reuniting with Jerry on Friday, January 1st, as he tastefully blends in his dobro wizardry with complimentary licks and mind-bending solos.


It has been far too long since Yonder Mountain has connected with guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan.  Be prepared to be amazed.  Whether it’s bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations across genres, this man is bound to take you for a tuneful ride with his creative guitar approach. Stanley has performed in over 60 countries, on 6 continents, and has performed with every type of musician imaginable.  We look forward to seeing what we create with him on our final night of the run on<>
Saturday, January 2nd.  


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December 30th with Sam Bush
December 31st with Yonder Mountain String Band
January 1st with Jerry Douglas
January 2nd with Stanely Jordan
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“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

YONDER MOUNTAIN PUNK BAND Takes the Stage On Halloween


Halloween is that one time of the year where you really get to be whoever you want. Step out of the daily grind and distractions of the everyday hustle. The one time of the year where you get to embody that special someone (or in some cases, things) that takes you for a night of tricks, treats and some good ole’ fun.

Well, Yonder Mountain String Band isn’t going to miss out this on opportunity to switch it up and manifest our inner-punk that has influenced each and every one of our band members, so without further a do, we give you YONDER MOUNTAIN PUNK BAND! 

That’s right, join us for one night of some good ole’ shenanigans as we cover some of our favorite punk songs, Yonder style!

We’d love to see you at the LC Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio for this special night so get your ticket and prepare to rock out: http://bit.ly/halloweenympb

Can’t make it to this special night? Plenty of other tour dates this fall so check out our schedule while we highlight other great Yonder covers as well as originals from our latest album, “Black Sheep”,



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.

Jacob Jolliff Trio + Adam & Ben at Mabon Celebration

During our brief break before fall tour we wanted to fill you in on some opportunities to get your live music fix in and the chance to re-live one we may have shared together. Mandolin extraordinaire, Jacob Jolliff, will be in the Northwest pickin with his pals and Adam & Ben will return to Mabon Celebration for the seventh year in a row.

The Jacob Jolliff Trio features Jake on mandolin and vocals, as well as two absolutely incredible musicians, Alex Hargreaves (fiddle and vocals) and Jeff Picker (bass and vocals).

This high energy bluegrass three-piece will blow your minds with their crazy picking!

For information and tickets click here.



Mabon Celebration at Planet Bluegrass


As we celebrate the end of summer, the fall harvest, and the Autumnal Equinox, it seems only fitting that Ben and Adam return to share in the musical feast that is the Mabon Celebration for a seventh year.

Join us Saturday, September 19th at the Wildflower Pavilion on Planet Bluegrass​ for an intimate evening of music.

For information and tickets click here.


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!

Adam Speaks with Huffington Post

Adam sat down with The Huffington Post last weekend to talk about adding Allie and Jake as permanent members, and about the band’s excitement for our new album, Black Sheep.

Take a look at the interview here!


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.