Yonder Mountain String Band Releases Video

Article Contributed by JP Cutler Media | Published on Thursday, August 18, 2016

Yonder Mountain String Band (YMSB) and Drive-By Truckers bring the best of bluegrass and southern rock to Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 20, 2016 for a blowout summer celebration with the rich jazz tradition of New Orleans with special guest Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Pre-sale tickets via YMSB's Applauze are available at this link. For additional detailed information, please visit yondermountain.com.

"It's hard to beat the feeling you get when you walk across the stage at Red Rocks -- the otherworldliness of the landscape, the rush from the hometown crowd, and the sense of participating in something both unlikely and unusual, makes for a highlight without comparison," says Dave Johnston, banjoist/vocalist of YMSB. "Come celebrate with us and the Drive-By Truckers and Preservation Hall Jazz Band as we explore the many musical styles that essentially make up the fabric of American music: bluegrass, Americana, and age-old New Orleans jazz."

Yonder Mountain String Band -- Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals), Dave Johnston (banjo, vocals), Ben Kaufmann (bass, vocals), Allie Kral (violin, vocals), and Jacob Jolliff (mandolin, vocals) -- begins a new era with the release of Black Sheep. The first YMSB album produced by the band itself, Black Sheep is, by any measure, a triumph, perhaps the most mesmeric of their career. Black Sheep marks the first time in Yonder's history that they're actually utilizing, throughout an entire record, the conventional five-piece instrumental arsenal of bluegrass music (guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and bass).

Co-founded by Patterson Hood (guitar, vocals, bass, banjo, mandolin) and Mike Cooley (guitar, vocals, bass, banjo, harmonica), the rock 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. The band's forthcoming new album, American Band (Release Date: September 30, 2016), is now available for pre-order on drivebytruckers.com.

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


8/20 -- Red Rocks Amphitheatre -- Morrison, CO
8/31 -- Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua -- Bayfield, WI
9/1 -- Bluestem Center for the Arts -- Moorhead, MN
9/2 -- Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater -- Des Moines, IA
9/3 -- Party In The Holler -- New River Gorge, WV
9/4 - 9/5 -- Canton Labor Day Fest -- Canton, NC
10/5 -- Wordplay Theatre -- Birmingham, AL*
10/6 -- Jessye Norman Amphitheater -- Augusta, GA*
10/7 -- Mustang Music Festival -- Corolla, NC
10/8 -- U.S. National Whitewater Center -- Charlotte, NC^
10/9 -- Legends at Appalachian University -- Boone, NC^
10/12 -- Jefferson Center -- Roanoke, VA^
10/13 -- MainStage Morgantown -- Morgantown, WV^
10/14 -- The Jefferson Theater -- Charlottesville, VA^
10/15 -- 9:30 Club -- Washington, DC^
10/16 -- The Ardmore Music Hall -- Ardmore, PA^
10/19 - 10/20 -- Brooklyn Bowl -- Brooklyn, NY+
10/21 -- Paradise Rock Club -- Boston, MA+
10/22 -- Higher Ground Ballroom -- South Burlington, VT+
10/23 -- Port City Music Hall -- Portland, ME+
10/26 -- The Ark -- Ann Arbor, MI+
10/27 -- Turner Hall Ballroom -- Milwaukee, WI+
10/28 -- First Avenue -- Minneapolis, MN+
10/29 -- House of Blues -- Chicago, IL+
10/30 -- The Waiting Room -- Omaha, NE+
12/9 - 12/13 -- Strings and Sol -- Qroo, Mexico

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