Yonder Mountain String Band has been around for almost 17 years, has played countless Red Rocks shows and still performs at the amazing venue as if it’s their first time. They took the stage August 21, played and sang their hearts out and had everyone stomping their feet to their talented array of string instruments.
It’s been a busy summer for Yonder and it doesn’t look like the 5-piece band is slowing down anytime soon. So far this summer, they have played numerous shows in their home state of Colorado and all around the U.S. On June 16 at the Tellurite Bluegrass Festival, the band released their newest album, Black Sheep, which according to a press release,
“Black sheep marks the first time in Yonder’s history that they’re actually utilizing, throughout an entire record, the conventional 5-piece instrumental arsenal of bluegrass introduced in the 1940’s: guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and bass.”
The best part of seeing Yonder Mountain String Band live is that you can never tell when a song is ending and another one is beginning. The band completely jams out in their songs, proving that they have extreme passion for what they do and that they appreciate performing in front of a large crowd, like Red Rocks. Their songs lasted anywhere from six to 15 minutes, giving each member on stage a chance to play a solo or a duet.
The band has undergone changes with new members. In the past year, they have brought in new talent to help them become whole, which it feels like now they really are.
“It’s been really fun,” said David Johnson, banjo and guitar player for YMSB. “It’s really great having all these new avenues to ride down.” Johnston continued on to say that they will probably get started on another record in the “not so distant future.”
Even though the band as a whole radiates amazing energy and makes it evident to concertgoers that they play for their fans, Allie Kral, a violinist for the band stole the show. She played numerous solos, as well as a couple duets with Jacob Jolliff, who compliment each other perfectly. His mandolin and her violin created beautiful music on stage, while lights shined in between the two.
The band still has a lot coming for them this upcoming year. They have a fall tour coming up, which include stops all over the U.S. and Mexico. The band will be back in their home state to play four days at the Boulder Theater December 30 to January 2.