Blending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences that the band cites, Yonder has pioneered a sound of their own, according to their bio provided by Paradigm Talent Agency. With their traditional lineup of instruments, the band may look like a traditional bluegrass band at first glance but they’ve created their own music that transcends any genre.
The Colorado-based foursome has crisscrossed the country for more than a decade now playing such varied settings as festivals, rock clubs, Red Rocks Amphitheater in the band’s home state, and event the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
The band’s loyal fan base has been built from this diverse setting of music venues as fans latched on to their genre-defying original sound.
In between tours, the band spent time working on its fifth studio album. “The Show,” released in 2009, is their second album with rock producer Tom Rothrock. While some might scratch their heads as to why a string band would want a rock producer, this decision was a natural choice for the band.
“We don’t have a lot of nostalgia for the past,” said banjo player Dave Johnston in a press release. “You shouldn’t try to re-create the 1940s. I like to think of us as informed by the past and all the great performers before us. But we also want to look forward rather than give people something that has already been perfected.”
“The Show” has the similar acoustic instrumentation – Adam Aijala on guitar, Johnston on banjo, Jeff Austin on mandolin and Ben Kaufman on bass with all four singing – as many of its classic bluegrass forefathers. The record consists of 13 songs all written by Yonder.
The band has long cited such varied influences as the bluegrass of Del McCoury, Johnson Mountain Boys, Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe, Osborne Brothers as well as the punk rock of Bad Religion, Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys. Somewhere in between these two tent poles are early 20th century composers and alternative rock bands like Grandaddy and Postal Service. It’s all funneled through the band’s unique chemistry, honed since they first met at an informal club performance in 1998.
Joining Yonder Mountain String Band will be The Travelin’ McCourys, featuring Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, Rob McCoury on banjo, Jason Carter on fiddle and Alan Bartram on bass along with featured guests on guitar and vocals.
According to the band’s bio provided by Crossover Touring, The Travelin’ McCourys is the latest incarnation of the most awarded band in the history of bluegrass – The Del McCoury Band. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie and Rob continue their father’s work – a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. Based in tradition the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful but they also bring something fresh and rejuvenating to the stage. The band has a confidence that comes with having paid their dues with 20 years on the bluegrass road.