The Show

The Show

by Yonder Mountain String Band


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The Show

Colorado-based neo-bluegrass quartet Yonder Mountain String Band are 11 years into their career and remain a unit with mixed intentions, the instrumentation of banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass suggesting a bluegrass lineup minus the fiddle, although the group members' sensibility seems closer to Neil Young than Bill Monroe. Hence, they have attracted a following on the jam band circuit, but no attention to speak of from Nashville. Their fourth studio album, The Show, won't change things much. It's been produced by Tom Rothrock, whose other clients have included Beck and Foo Fighters, and he has given it a rock sound, focusing on giving rich body to Ben Kaufmann's bass even on the tracks (about half the album) when Elvis Costello sideman Pete Thomas isn't sitting in on drums. As is true of most bluegrass bands, however, the picking is what counts, not the songs, even though the players clearly intend otherwise. The album consists entirely of original compositions written by the bandmembers, and the CD booklet provides lyrics to them. Yet it's not Kaufmann's philosophical reflection "Complicated" ("I don't believe that/I was born this complicated"), nor guitarist Adam Aijala and banjoist Dave Johnston's declaration that "Rain Still Falls" that are most memorable here. It's the extended interaction the musicians exhibit in between the verses, suggestive of the jamming they get into on their several live albums and in their shows.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/31/2009
Label: Frog Pad
UPC: 0789577608627
catalogNumber: 76086

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yonder Mountain String Band   Primary Artist
Pete Thomas   Drums
Jeff Austin   Mandolin,Vocals
Adam Aijala   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Ben Kaufmann   Organ,Bass,Bouzouki,Guitar,Vocals
Dave Johnston   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom Rothrock   Producer
Ryan Hewitt   Engineer
Jeff Austin   Composer
Adam Aijala   Composer
Mike Tarantino   Engineer
Benny Galloway   Composer
Ben Kaufmann   Composer
Dave Johnston   Composer

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