Indie roots rock band, Yarn, has announced the March 20th release of their new album, Almost Home. Thanks to Kickstarter, an online funding platform, and the bandâ€™s huge fan support, Yarn surpassed their goal, and are now able to super charge their promotions for the new record.Yarnâ€™s loyal fan base was integral in the collaboration with avid independent music supporters, Firefly Distilleries. Firefly has provided Yarn with their â€œOn the Flyâ€ RV that will be keeping them out on the road to evangelize about music and good times for their 2012 tour schedule. The group was recently featured on the January, 23rd CNN exclusive segment, Erin Burnett Out Front, showcasing their music and partnership with Firefly Vodka. They will also be making their first appearance at SXSW in March to play the New Frontier showcase. Their SXSW appearance coincides with the release of their new record, produced by the legendary Bil VornDick, who has worked with Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley, Bob Dylan and many others. His credits appear on No. 1 albums in five different musical genres.
Yarnâ€™s new release continues to live up to their band name, weaving together the fibers of roots music into songs that are passionate and resonate with audiences across America. The Brooklyn born sextet- Blake Christiana ( Vocals, Guitar), Trevor MacArthur (Vocals, Guitar), Andrew Hendryx (Mandolin, Harmonica), Rod Hohl (Electric Guitar), Rick Bugel (Bass) and Robert Bonhomme (Drums) – are known for calling out the overproduced pop music of the day and revolutionizing roots music styles, transforming them into a fresh sound. Christiana, an impressive songwriter and lead vocalist, confesses universal tales of life on the road that will appeal to edgy music hopefuls as well as fans of more traditional country music. They draw up the best of Americaâ€™s past and charge it with the insurgence of Americanaâ€™s present. Yarn excels at unraveling their own blend of peaceful alt-country, indie-rock with a raw sound that begs for repeat listens. â€œGrowing up as a kid listening to Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley, I built my own musical taste,â€ Christiana says.
The album pulls from the inspiration of the greats but is amplified by what each band member uniquely brings into the studio from the streets of New York. Hendryxâ€™s crafted Mandolin riffing takes control while Christiana, MacArthur and Hohlâ€™s harmonious thirds echo volume building melodies. Bugelâ€™s unwavering bass and Bonhommeâ€™s driving beats punctuate the bandâ€™s emotion provoking authenticity.
In 2007, Yarnâ€™s self-titled debut album peaked at No. 14 on the AMA and R&R Radio Charts, and ranked No. 79 on the AMAâ€™s Top 100 Albums of that year. In 2008, the bandâ€™s second record, Empty Pockets, spent months in the top 5 on the AMA chart and garnered them eight, first round 2009 Grammy nominations. Yarnâ€™s 2008 released album, Come On In, reached #25 on the top 100 Americana chart of 2010.
Christiana beams, â€œI like to think America is in the midst of a musical revolution, revolting against the candy-coated, over-produced [stuff] being spoon-fed into our earholes. Revolt, America, and weâ€™ll see you at our shows.â€ Yarn is definitely a band that earns musical converts with their live performances. Check out their upcoming tour dates in support of their latest album along with CD release parties happening across the country. In addition to performing at SXSW in March, they will be featured alongside Allison Krauss and Union Station at Californiaâ€™s Strawberry Music Festival.
Monday, March 5th – Pour House Charleston, SC
Tuesday, March 6th – Surf Bar Folly Beach, SC
Wednesday, March 7th – Machiavelli’s Bristol, TN
Thursday, March 8th – Rhythm & Brews Chattanooga, TN
Friday, March 9th – War Eagle Supper Club Auburn, AL
Saturday, March 10th – Hal & Mal’s Jackson, MS
Sunday, March 11th – Lulu’s at Homeport Gulf Shores, AL
Tuesday, March 13th – Chelsea’s Cafe Baton Rouge, LA
Wednesday, March 14th – Mucky Duck Houston, TX
Thursday, March 15th – Magnolia Motor Lounge Fort Worth, TX
Friday, March 16th – Skinny’s Ballroom Austin, TX
Saturday, March 17th – SXSW Austin, TX
Tuesday, March 20th – The High Watt at Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN*
Wednesday, March 21st – Evening Muse Charlotte, NC*
Thursday, March 22nd – Hill Country Washington, DC*
Friday, March 23rd – Hiro Ballroom New York, NY*
Saturday, March 24th – Tin Angel Philadelphia, PA*
Thursday, March 29th – Hungry Tiger Manchester, CT*
Friday , March 30th – Blairstown Theater Blairstown, NJ*
* CD RELEASE SHOWS