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Yonder Mountain String Band

Although the Yonder Mountain String Band was formed in Nederland, CO, its origins go back to Urbana, IL, where college student and banjo player Dave Johnston met mandolin player Jeff Austin. Austin moved west and settled in Nederland. Johnston joined him there, and the two met bass player Ben Kaufmann and guitarist Adam Aijala at a club called the Verve. In December 1998, they formed the Yonder Mountain String Band to open for a band at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. They developed a following among bluegrass fans and also among jam band fans as they played extensively and worked their way up the bar and club circuit in the West. In the fall of 1999, they released their debut album, Elevation, on their own Frog Pad Records label. By the fall of 2000, they were playing in larger venues, such as the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. They released a live recording as their second album, Mountain Tracks, Vol. 1, in the spring of 2001, and followed with another studio set, Town By Town, in the fall of 2001. A second live album, Mountain Tracks, Vol. 2, was released in 2002, again followed by a studio effort, Old Hands, in 2003. Mountain Tracks, Vol. 3, a double disc live set, appeared in 2004. In February 2006, Mountain Tracks, Vol. 4 was released. Three months later, Vanguard Records released a self-titled studio album by the group. The Yonder Mountain String Band returned to its own Frog Pad label for Mountain Tracks, Vol. 5, issued in April 2008. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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Not nearly as good without Austin
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Toe tappin band!
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nickcanova
Jeff Austin is a hero, will be missed!!!
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carson.grant j o n e s 4 0
awesome banjo
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Always at Horning's Hideout
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The whole is greater than the sum of its parts
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YMSB was an amazing band to see live before they thought they were a jam band and not a Bluegrass band.
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this band makes me so very happy!!
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Sadly Jeff Austin left to pursue other projects...b u t the other are gonna Keep on Going! Interested in seeing how this works out...
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Such good vibes ! ROO 2014
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rrem1718
Discography needs some serious updating! Yonder Rocks!
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Eugene loves you
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Pretty much the soundtrack for high country Colorado.
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No Old Hands in the Discography? Are you serious?
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cool
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I love these guys!
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Going to see them at Penn's Peak in jim Thorpe pa. Great venue, seeing them right after OCMS . Summer can't get much better than that :)
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blake_minton
They put on the best show @ Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa every year! I never miss that show! The spring floor gets going so much it makes it hard to stand
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That Douche can strum sum s**t...
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nice!
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Just saw em' two times in St Louis this weekend. I would've gone a third night if only they did a third night!
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saw them last night in Austin..it was a f**king PARTY
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dell_jesse
Gotta love Colorado blue grass....
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Pic it boys picit
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Its soo badass I'm up dancin
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When are yaw comin to Charleston sc? Bring leftover salmon with you.
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lol you suck
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yonder sucks
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Ok so this is the first time iv ever heard of these guys Idaho is the song and they r fantastic how iv lived this long without knowing this band is beyond me
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the boys were EPIC in lyons last wkend..thanx for the mind and body vaca
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Strummit!!!! ! ! !
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They are gonna be at BloomHeavy RIver Romp... bloomheavy.c o m
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Going to see them on state street in Madison Wi. IM SUPER PUMPED!!!
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yonder at fillmore west was zozo fun, when they coming to boulder to play again with Bearl?
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all who yonder are not lost!!!!!
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all that live fun AND they have great studio albums!! Yonder 4LIFE
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jsthornton72
Yonder Mountain at the Grand Targhee Blue Grass Festival with Old and in the Gray and others. Late 1990's. Simply UNBELIEVABLE !
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the banjo player was drunk, thats why jeff was covering him.
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scott9061
saw them at String Summit last weekend, fun as ever, maybe more so!
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Had an awesome time at the recent Penn's Peak show. Yonder always delivers.
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pncboy85
just saw these guys at Penns Peak, on Thursday night. Good band but mandolin player absoultely hogged the spotlight ALL NIGHT LONG. Poor Banjo player was pushed aside on a song intended to feature and about the banjo.
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klitzkefarqu h a r
Just saw these guys yesterday at Caravan Chicago. They put on a great show! Probably my favorite set of the day.
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aaronkryzer
Been a favorite since I saw them in 2001 great live shows their energy and stage presence is fricken sweet!! It seems like they really love playing music and appreciate the fans.
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justpeachy81 4 1
Yonder's DelFest set this year was amazing!
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dalyn_21502
just saw these guys at Delfest in Cumberland, Md.!!!! As always a steller performance. . . . . Y o n d e r ON!
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rwear1
im glad they left out "the show"
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Ha my friend Dave lives over there yonder; basicaly at the Gorge.
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tonyl70
thinking of going to yonder
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rrem1718
Hey "B to the Hizzert"! Gone to Yonder, been to Yonder, will go again to Yonder.
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slapshot1894
Great Stuff! I've never heard one of their songs I didn't like. If they get near me, I'm going to Yonder too!
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