Video: A Swamp Meet with Yonder Mountain String Band (Interview)
If there is one thing that is certain about the quartet that hails from Nederland, CO, it is that absolutely nothing is certain. Though on one hand, Adam Aijala, Jeff Austin, Dave Johnston and Ben Kaufmann are standard setters in regards to professionalism in the music industry, their knack for flying by the seat of their pants and never failing to have a good time may very well be unmatched.
It is this unique combination, amongst other attributes that includes, but is definitely not limited to stellar musicianship that has won them legions of fans, or kinfolk. There is simply something special about a band that starts on time, indulges without staggering and delivers unique, energetic and exploratory shows on as consistent a basis as Yonder Mountain String Band has done for as long as they have (13 years) and continue to do. And all visible signs are pointing in only one direction: an increase in throttle.
Success has also begun to fall firmly within the quartet’s grasps on many levels. With ten studio releases under their belt (all released on the band’s Frog Pad Records), each one — with the exception of Mountain Tracks Vol. 5 — has charted higher than its previous. The most recent release, The Show, was met with high critical acclaim and loads of units sold, but most importantly to Yonder was the fact that the fans dug it.
Then there are the festivals, two of them to be precise: Northwest String Summit at Horning’s Hideout in August and Harvest Festival in October. Both are hosted by the band and this summer, another event has been added: a two day Kinfolk Celebration in Lyons, CO that will be held in late August.
The best part is that none of this has gone to these guys’ heads. To them it just means another opportunity to make some music with friends… and they get to pick the team.
Interviewing Yonder Mountain String Band is an experience unlike any other, trying to keep up is virtually impossible as their chemistry amongst one another is far too great. But it is also a blast, simple sitting back, listening, watching and interjecting a phrase here or there only to have them take that in five directions.
While on the scene at Suwannee Springfest, we found ourselves chatting with YMSB in the middle of the most mosquito infested area of the park. It wasn’t on purpose but it did make for some pure video gold.
So, prepare yourself for five minutes well spent as Honest Tune goes to a Swamp Meet with Yonder Mountain String Band.
Swamp Meet w/ Yonder Mountain String Band
For more on Yonder Mountain string Band: www.YonderMountain.com
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