Wednesday, February 01, 2006

berlin rhythm carrots


Here is a band that is extremely generous with free mp3's and videos for you to check out. Yonder Mountain String Band were a real find. If you like high lonesome harmonies, banjo and that rustic feel in the recording then check them out. There is no fiddle which is kinda odd, but this allows the mandolin and banjo to sing and take centre stage.
They also have a page on their website with their rider This makes interesting reading..no black jelly babies or sacks of carrots. I like the "one bottle of Patron Silver- essential" and "no carrot apple combos!"
Here is the press blurb for the latest album
" Mountain Tracks: Vol. 4 is filled with originals such as "Looking Back Over My Shoulder," a tune from YMSB's infamous sheriff saga, covers like the Talking Head's "Girlfriend Is Better” and the traditional number "Ruby," exploring the band’s bluegrass roots. While all previous releases have been live audio only, Mountain Tracks: Vol. 4 adds a bonus DVD to the package, “The Europe Bootlegs”. The DVD is a collection of footage from the band’s first trip to Europe in the summer of 2003.
I have also been checking out Greg Trooper who has described his own holy trinity as Otis Redding, Hank Williams and Bob Dylan. As he says himself "there ain't nothin' worse than a white guy singin' rhythm and blues..nothin worse" and thankfully he doesn't even try to do an Otis but the overall sound just warms your soul.
He is another artist with lots of mp3's from his albums available on his website check them out.He also gets my vote for this quote "Lou Reed said it all: 'My life was saved by rock and roll,"
I loved Lou Reed's Berlin album and of course his stuff with the Velvets. I only tried to see him once years ago at Newcastle. He cancelled due to a 'sore throat' yeah!! right!!!

3 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

I've never heard of YMSB before, but they're definitely very versatile in their styles, easily switching between obvious bluegrass and reggae influences.

4:53 am  
Blogger countrygrrl said...

glad you liked the band...you have inspired me to put up paddyrasta another fusion folky reggae outfit going places fast.....

7:17 pm  
Blogger The DoorKeeper said...

Great stuff from Yonder Mountain

'You left me in a hole' is a gem.

nice find, thank you.

9:55 pm  

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