Back for their second* time in as many years, Yonder Mountain String Band brought the sweet sounds of the Rockies to the home of the Bulldogs in the Peach State of Georgia. In other words, the band was in Athens at the historic Georgia Theatre, that has flourished even beyond its former self that was destroyed by fire in 2009.
The Yonder fellas plucked through the night and after a summer season that saw the band headline or play two sets (or both) at a multitude of the year’s ever-increasing number of festivals, the quartet appeared to be enjoying the indoor elements and that special essence that only four walls can provide; plus this was inside the Georgia Theatre’s walls, causing stock to rise even further.
The happy-to-be-here sentiment was equally shared by the band’s faithful, who had filled the room to capacity by showtime. For those that made the box-office cut, they spent the evening relishing in stringed goodness from a hard-working and grateful group of players who, individually and collectively, are on top of their game and have a glimmer in their eyes — one that also occasionally appears a bit psychotic from front man Jeff Austin who we can all be thankful for the fact that he chose to slay with his mandolin, as opposed to a sling blade.
I: One More, Maid of the Canyon, Sometimes I’ve Won, Idaho, Don’t Worry Happy Birthday, Sideshow Blues > Sidewalk Stars, Near Me, Southbound, Pretty Daughter, Mother’s Only Son > Southern Flavor
II: No Expectations, Damned If The Right One Didn’t Go Wrong, You’re No Good, Rag Doll, All The Time, Town, I’ll Love Nobody But You, Fingerprint > Boatman, Pockets, Finally Saw The Light > Years With Rose > Ten
Encore: 40 Miles from Denver, Too Late Now
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