You need to know a few things before attending a Yonder Mountain String Band concert. The first thing you need to know is most fans just call them “Yonder Mountain” or “Yonder.” In print, you might see them referred to as “YMSB.” We mention this so you don’t waste time constantly referring to the band as Yonder Mountain String Band.
The next thing you need to know is Yonder Mountain String Band allows fans to tape their shows. It’s unlikely that this information is pertinent because few fans are actually interested in recording live shows. We only bring it up so if you see someone taping a Yonder concert you won’t bother alerting security.
Is Yonder Mountain String Band A Bluegrass Or A Jam Band?
The answer to that question, as well as the last thing you need to know before buying Yonder Mountain String Band tickets, is yes. Yonder Mountain String Band is both a bluegrass and a jam band.
Like most good jam bands, Yonder uses a different setlist every night. They are virtuoso musicians and every member can take the spotlight and launch into an epic solo. And of course, they jam. So get ready for 10 minute songs.
Yonder Mountain String Band is famous for not just jamming but exploring a song’s rhythmic and melodic possibilities. They are also proficient at seamlessly combining songs.
Does Yonder Mountain have original material? They do. The band is renowned for their songwriting. Despite that, they perform a lot of covers in concert.
Who’s In Yonder Mountain String Band?
Yonder Mountain is guitarist Adam Aijala, banjoist Dave Johnston, mandolinist Jacob Joliff, bassist Ben Kaufmann, and fiddler Allie Kral. All members sing.
Mandolinist Jeff Austin was an original member of Yonder but left in 2014. He was replaced by Joliff and Kral. Amazingly, Austin first picked up the mandolin just a few years before he formed YMSB with Aijala, Johnstone, and Kaufmann.
Does Yonder Mountain String Band Release Studio Albums?
YMSB released their first studio album, Elevation, in 1999. Their fifth, Black Sheep, dropped in 2015. While Yonder fails to get much mainstream support they have dominated Billboard’s Bluegrass charts.
Of course, the best way to experience Yonder is seeing them live. If a Yonder Mountain String Band tour comes to your town you should definitely check them out.