In March & April 2012, Colorado-based Yonder Mountain String Band will be on the road for their Spring Tour in support of their latest studio album, The Show. They will showcase newly written material that'll be featured on their forthcoming full-length album due out in 2013. Additional information about the new album will be available in the coming months. Additional summer 2012 tour dates are also listed above, and more shows will be announced soon. Interviews and photos are available upon request.
It's not often you hear of a neo-bluegrass band breaking into the national spotlight with a performance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, tour dates with Dave Matthews, and selling out 9,000 seat venues (i.e., Red Rocks Amphitheater). Yonder Mountain String Band is clearly the exception to the rule, having performed in front of more than 250,000 fans over just the past year. Now in their 13th year as a group, Yonder continues to sell-out top music venues across the country including The Fillmore (San Francisco, CA), Red Rocks Amphitheater (Denver, CO), Pepsi Center (Denver, CO), Best Buy Theater (NYC), Stubb's (Austin, TX), House of Blues (Chicago, IL), and others.
Yonder Mountain String Band is comprised of Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals), Jeff Austin (mandolin, vocals), Dave Johnston (banjo, vocals), and Ben Kaufmann (bass, vocals). With the band having one of the strongest touring bases in the industry, fans and critics alike have been drawn to both their live shows and singular studio albums. Reporting from the All Good Music Festival (2009), journalist Jarrett Vellini from CNN Showbiz Tonight notes, "The trophy for best musical set goes to Yonder Mountain String Band who, as the sun began to set, left it all on the stage for an hour and a half. The pickers from Colorado had the audience dancing and shaking, kicking up a joyful storm of dust into the cool summer sky."
Commenting on their recent studio recording The Show, Rolling Stone critic Will Hermes says, "The concept is great: liberate bluegrass' hot-shit riffing and blue-sky harmonies from its hidebound formalism and see where it flies. This Boulder, CO crew brings dazzling chops to the table." Produced by rock producer Tom Rothrock (Beck, Foo Fighters), The Show marks Yonder's second go around with Rothrock and their fifth studio album released on their independent label, Frog Pad Records. Featuring the band backed by Elvis Costello's sideman Pete Thomas on drums on six tracks, The Show includes 14 original compositions written by various band members.
Yonder has always played music by its own design. Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences, they've come to pioneer a sound that they alone could only champion. With a traditional lineup of instruments, they may appear to be a traditional bluegrass band at first glance but they've taken the customary old-timey instrumentation (sans the fiddle) to new heights, transcending any single genre. Yonder has become a regular performer at major music festivals like the iconic Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit and DelFest as well as massive multi-stage events like Austin City Limits Festival, Bonnaroo, and Rothbury.
Spring Tour 2012
March 21, 2012 @ Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO (Ben & Adam duo)
March 24, 2012 @ Suwannee Springfest in Live Oak, FL
March 29, 2012 @ Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS
March 30, 2012 @ The Pageant in St. Louis, MO
March 31, 2012 @ The Pageant in St. Louis, MO
April 1, 2012 @ Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, OK
April 4, 2012 @ The Lyric in Oxford, MS
April 5, 2012 @ House of Blues in New Orleans, LA
April 6, 2012 @ Stubb's BBQ in Austin, TX
April 7, 2012 @ House of Blues in Dallas, TX
April 10, 2012 @ Orpheum Theatre in Flagstaff, AZ
April 11, 2012 @ The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT
April 12, 2012 @ Montbleu Resort in Stateline, NV
April 13, 2012 @ The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA
April 14, 2012 @ The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA
April 17, 2012 @ Harlow's in Sacramento, CA
April 18, 2012 @ Arcata Theatre in Arcata, CA
April 19, 2012 @ McDonald Theatre in Eugene, OR
April 20, 2012 @ Midtown Ballroom in Bend, OR
April 21, 2012 @ Showbox SODO in Seattle, WA
May 24, 2012 @ Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA
May 25, 2012 @ Delfest in Cumberland, MD
May 26, 2012 @ Hookahville in Thornville, OH
May 27, 2012 @ Summercamp in Chillicothe, IL
June 20, 2012 @ Telluride Conference Center in Telluride, CO
June 22, 2012 @ Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, CO
June 23, 2012 @ Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, CO
June 29, 2012 @ Bloom Heavy River Romp in Grassy, MO
June 30, 2012 @ Bloom Heavy River Romp in Grassy, MO
August 9, 2012 @ Northwest String Summit at Horning's Hideout in North Plains, OR
August 10, 2012 @ Northwest String Summit at Horning's Hideout in North Plains, OR
August 11, 2012 @ Northwest String Summit at Horning's Hideout in North Plains, OR
August 12, 2012 @ Northwest String Summit at Horning's Hideout in North Plains, OR
October 11, 2012 @ Harvest Festival in Ozark, AR
October 12, 2012 @ Harvest Festival in Ozark, AR
October 13, 2012 @ Harvest Festival in Ozark, AR
For more information on Yonder Mountain String Band, please visit www.yondermountain.com.