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Yonder Mountain String Band Florida Tour and New Album Announcement!

Yonder Mountain String Band is firing on all cylinders as they announce a slew of Winter and Spring 2015 tour dates throughout the South, Midwest, and West Coast.

Jake Jolliff (mandolin) and Allie Kral (fiddle) will be along for the ride on both tours. First off in January 2015 & February 2015, YMSB headlines the following venues: Lincoln Theatre (Raleigh, NC: Jan. 21), The Orange Peel (Asheville, NC: Jan. 22), Cannery Ballroom (Nashville, TN: Jan. 23), Bijou Theatre (Knoxville, TN: Jan. 24), Vogue Theatre (Indianapolis, IN: Jan. 28), Canopy Club (Urbana, IL: Jan. 29), Ann Arbor Folk Festival (Ann Arbor, MI: Jan. 30), Barrymore Theater (Madison, WI: Jan. 31), State Theatre (State College, PA: Feb. 3), House of Blues (Cleveland, OH: Feb. 4), The Kentucky Theatre (Lexington, KY: Feb. 5), Variety Playhouse (Atlanta, GA: Feb. 6), The Music Farm (Columbia, SC: Feb. 7), The Music Farm (Charleston, SC: Feb. 11), The Social (Orlando, FL: Feb. 12), Jannus Live (St. Petersburg, FL: Feb. 13), Revolution Live (Fort Lauderdale, FL: Feb. 1), and Freebird Live (Jacksonville Beach, FL: Feb. 15).DSC_7229

In March 2015 & April 2015, YMSB hits the Pink Garter Theatre (Jackson, WY: Mar. 24), Wilma Theatre (Missoula, MT: Mar. 25), Crystal Ballroom (Portland, OR: Mar. 26), The Neptune (Seattle, WA: Mar. 27), McDonald Theatre (Eugene, OR: Mar. 28), Van Duzer Theatre (Arcata, CA: Mar. 30), Park City Live (Park City, UT: Apr. 1), Whitney Peak (Reno, NV: Apr. 2), Fox Theater (Oakland, CA: Apr. 3), House of Blues (Los Angeles, CA: Apr. 4), Wareham Opera House (Manhattan, KS: Apr. 8), Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa, OK: Apr. 9), Granada Theatre (Dallas, TX: Apr. 10), Stubb’s BBQ (Austin, TX: Apr. 11), George’s Majestic (Fayetteville, AR: Apr. 12), Bourbon Theatre (Lincoln, NE: Apr. 15), The Gillioz Theatre (Springfield, MO: Apr. 16), and The Pageant (St. Louis, MO: Apr. 17).

Bluegrass is a music steeped in tradition, but over the past decade and a half — much of it spent on the road — Yonder Mountain String Band has spearheaded a renegade movement to rewrite the definition of the genre. Alongside other neo-bluegrass friends such as Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, The Travelin’ McCourys, and Railroad Earth, YMSB has thoroughly revitalized and contemporized bluegrass and introduced it to many thousands of new fans. Rolling Stone said that YMSB “liberates bluegrass’ hot-shit riffing and blue-sky harmonies from its hidebound formalism,” while Paste Magazine wrote, “The Yonder Mountain boys have found a formula that works: take rootsy bluegrass influences, add in some rock ‘n’ roll, and seek out an adventurous audience.”

Yonder Mountain String Band is comprised of Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals), Dave Johnston (banjo, vocals), Ben Kaufmann (bass, vocals), and select special guest artists who will appear with the band throughout 2014 & 2015. Two standout musicians regularly performing live with YMSB are Jake Jolliff (mandolin, vocals) and Allie Kral (fiddle, vocals). Jolliff is an award-winning mandolin player (First Place, National Mandolin Championship 2012, Walnut Valley Festival), and was a founding member of the disbanded Americana outfit, Joy Kills Sorrow. Kral is well-known as the former fiddle player for Cornmeal (2003 – 2013), and she’s worked alongside various notable artists including moe., Railroad Earth, Warren Haynes, and others. For confirmed line-up information, please see the tour dates listed below._DSC5121

With the band having one of the strongest touring bases in the industry, fans and critics alike have been drawn to both their live shows and singular studio albums. Reporting from the All Good Music Festival (2009), journalist Jarrett Bellini from CNN Showbiz Tonight notes, “The trophy for best musical set goes to Yonder Mountain String Band who, as the sun began to set, left it all on the stage for an hour and a half. The pickers from Colorado had the audience dancing and shaking, kicking up a joyful storm of dust into the cool summer sky.”

YMSB has evolved into something of a phenomenon on the concert and festival circuit. The band has sold out Colorado’s famed Red Rocks several times, and played sold-out shows with Grateful Dead and Furthur bassist Phil Lesh at his Terrapin Crossroads venue in August 2012. They also host three singular music festivals every year — Northwest String Summit (now in its 14th year and hosted by YMSB every year), Harvest Music Festival (where they will host for the sixth time in October 2015), and Strings & Sol (Yonder hosts for the third year-in-a-row in Mexico in December 2014) — and have consecutively sold out runs of shows at Telluride Bluegrass Festival year after year. Every other year, YMSB also hosts Kinfolk Festival @ Planet Bluegrass. In all, Yonder Mountain logs over 100 live dates per year.PCS_0721

Yonder has always played music by its own design. Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences, they’ve come to pioneer a sound that they alone could only champion. With a traditional lineup of instruments, they may appear to be a traditional bluegrass band at first glance but they’ve taken the customary old-timey instrumentation to new heights, transcending any single genre. Yonder has become a regular performer at major music festivals like the iconic Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Summer Camp, and DelFest as well as massive multi-stage events like Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits Festival.

YMSB is currently working on a new full-length studio recording; fans can expect a new album to be released in 2015.

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YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND WINTER & SPRING 2015 TOUR DATES

12/31 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater*^
1/1 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater*^&
1/2 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater*^#
1/3 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater*^!
1/21 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre*^
1/22 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel*^
1/23 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom*^
1/24 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre*^
1/28 – Indianapolis, IN – Vogue Theatre*^
1/29 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club*^
1/30 – Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor Folk Festival*^
1/31 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theater*^
2/3 – State College, PA – State Theatre*^
2/4 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues*^
2/5 – Lexington, KY – The Kentucky Theatre*^
2/6 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse*^
2/7 – Columbia, SC – The Music Farm*^
2/11 – Charleston, SC – The Music Farm*^
2/12 – Orlando, FL – The Social*^
2/13 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live*^
2/14 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live (Outdoor Stage)*^
2/15 – Jacksonville Beach, FL – Free Bird Live*^
3/24 – Jackson, WY – Pink Garter Theatre*^
3/25 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre*^
3/26 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom*^
3/27 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune*^
3/28 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre*^
3/30 – Arcata, CA – Van Duzer Theatre*^
4/1 – Park City, UT – Park City Live*^
4/2 – Reno, NV – Whitney Peak*^
4/3 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater *^
4/4 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues*^
4/8 – Manhattan, KS – Wareham Opera House*^
4/9 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom*^
4/10 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre*^
4/11 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s BBQ*^
4/12 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic*^
4/15 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre*^
4/16 – Springfield, MO – The Gillioz Theatre*^
4/16 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant*^
7/16/15 – 7/19/15 – North Plains, OR – Northwest String Summit

Special Guest Performers:
*Jake Jolliff (mandolin, vocals)
^Allie Kral (fiddle, vocals)
& John Popper (harmonica), Shawn Camp, Dave Watts (drums), & Joey Porter (keys)
# Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet) and Natalie Cressman (trombone)
! Andy Hall (dobro) and Andy Falco (guitar)

For more info visit YonderMountain.com

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Suwanee Springfest Continues To Impress With Outstanding Americana Acts

When it comes to welcoming Spring, there is literally no better way to celebrate the arrival of the season, than to join the festivities at the always amazing, Suwannee Springfest. This year included sets from The Avett Brothers, The Punch Brothers, bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Floodwood, Greensky Bluegrass and so many more. I challenge you to find someone who claims they saw one bad act at this amazing little festival. I guarantee you’ll be hard pressed to find that person. In honor of this year’s amazing Springfest we present to you some photo and video highlights from our Editor, Phil Sunkel.
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Henhouse Prowlers Pickin’ In The Campgrounds at Suwannee Springfest 2014

The Henhouse Prowlers were definitely on my must see list for Suwannee Springfest this past weekend, man they did not disappoint. The guys playing two killer sets and then joined me and the Hype-mag crew for a couple songs on the lake.

Who Doesn’t Love Music On The Mountaintop?

Railroad Earth's Music On the Mountaintop, the annual music festival held outside Boone, North Carolina, will take place this August 24-26. Other artists who will be playing festival alongside hosts Railroad Earth include; Dr. Dog; JJ Grey and Mofro; Sam Bush; The Futurebirds; River Whyless; the Hackensaw Boys; Larry Keel & Natural Bridge; Holy Ghost Tent Revival; The Black Lillies; and more.
Additionally, Music on the Mountaintop is announcing the return of its Ascent Series for a third straight year. Set up as a precursor to the weekend’s festivities, the series celebrates up-and-coming regional talent at venues throughout downtown Boone, N.C. Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite artists throughout the Ascent Series, with the fan favorite being awarded a Main Stage slot at next year’s Music on the Mountaintop. Past winners include Swift Science and The Stony Creek Boys. Music on the Mountaintop will again partner with ReverbNation for the Ascent Series, with multiple slots being awarded to submitting artists. Artists interested in submitting to perform at the Ascent Series should visit the series’ ReverbNation page.
Railroad Earth’s Music On the Mountaintop will return for a second year to the Grandfather Campgrounds in Foscoe, North Carolina. The picturesque venue is located approximately ten miles from Boone, North Carolina, providing potable water throughout, several public restrooms and bathhouses, a public store, and plenty of shaded campsites. Additionally, Music on the Mountaintop will expand to include late night shows (Friday and Saturday), VIP, Summit VIP and All-Inclusive ticket options, music workshops, daily yoga classes, cabin rental options, and a new offsite parking location just miles away.
Depending on availability, tickets can be purchased at the gate for $120. The price includes three days of music, camping, and an alcohol fee. VIP packages will be made available this year with two levels, Ridge VIP and Summit VIP. Details on the VIP experiences will be announced in the coming weeks.

Here are some videos of the acts Hype-mag will be covering while at Music on the Mountaintop:

Railroad Earth:

Dr. Dog:

Sam Bush:

JJ Grey and Mofro:

Futurebirds:

The Hackensaw Boys:

Holy Ghost Tent Revival:

Larry Keel and Natural Bridge:

The Black Lillies:

The River Whyless:

For all those members of bands out there or solo artists interested in playing the fest, heres a little blurb from Reverbnation:

Music on the Mountaintop is pleased to announce their latest partnership, this time with ReverbNation. The online music marketing company was tapped to help the festival find some incredible emerging artists from across the country. Artists are encouraged to submit for a performing slot on the Main Stage at this year’s festival.

Additionally, ReverbNation has also launched a submission page for Music on the Mountaintop’s Ascent Series. Taking place the evening before the festival kicks off, in Boone, NC, the series celebrates up-and-coming talent at various venues throughout downtown Boone.

The lucky artists chosen for both the main stage appearance at Music on the Mountaintop and the Ascent Series will be announced after the submission deadline of July 1 and July 15th, respectively.

For more information about MOTM and tickets visit: http://musiconthemountaintop.com/ or Reverbnation.com

Article compilation and photos by Phil Sunkel: Psunkel@hype-mag.com

Information and Press Release provided by: carenwestpr.com and Reverbnation.com