Yonder Mountain String Band: A Dose Of Twang

Source: NPR.org

January 7, 2010 from WXPN - Yonder Mountain String Band plays a subgenre of music called "jamgrass," which roughly translates as new-school pop with bluegrass roots. Formed in 1998, when members Dave Johnston, Ben Kaufman, Adam Aijala and Jeff Austin met at a nightclub in Colorado, the Yonder Mountain String Band has spent the time since residing at or near the top of the American bluegrass scene. Not only have its last three albums topped the U.S. bluegrass charts, but its live shows have also won acclaim for their electrifying improvisations.

The group runs an independent record label called Frog Pad Records, which it used to release its newest album, The Show. Mixing plucked twang and poppy hooks, Yonder Mountain's accessible bluegrass has considerable crossover appeal. This set features three songs from the album: a jangly ballad called "Complicated," a grooving mover called "Fine Excuses" and the charmingly catchy "Rain Still Falls."

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