Blake Christiana - Vocals, Guitar
Trevor MacArthur - Vocals, Guitar
Andrew Hendryx - Mandolin, Harmonica
Rod Hohl - Electric Guitar
Rick Bugel - Bass
Robert Bonhomme - Drums
Brooklyn-based Americana/Alt-Country band Yarn's sound owes as much to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs as to Jerry Garcia and Exile On Main Street-era Rolling Stones. Following in a fine tradition that includes forward thinking roots bands like The Flying Burrito Brothers and New Riders of The Purple Sage, Yarn weaves roots music idioms into a fresh sound that turns on hipsters and fans of country music alike, with technically impressive song-crafting and universal tales from the road of life.
Since their start in 2007, Yarn's original Americana sound has developed into music that seekers of the unique see as the soundtrack to their lives. Yarn's first four albums were recognized by the AMA's and R&R radio charts, spending time in the top 5 at their highest point. Yarn has become one of the hardest-working and harder-touring bands for this generation's digital natives and new music folllowers.
2012 brings this grammy-nominated roots band into the music revolution, inspired by today's music devotee's hunger for artists to believe in and follow, they are giving it to the fans everyday in everyway possible. Yarn's devotion to their fans is realized in online and social sharing of their music, whether it's daily video posts, premiering fresh songs on local radio, or performing live in small town venues across the country. They are bringing songs to American music lovers, and the music lovers are responding.
On March 20th, Yarn released their new album, Almost Home, produced by the multi-Grammy winning, Bil VornDick, who has worked with Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley, Bob Dylan and many others. Thanks to Kickstarter, an online funding platform, and the band's huge fan support, Yarn surpassed their goal, and are now able to super charge their promotions for the new record. Yarn's loyal fan base was integral in the collaboration with avid independent music supporters, Firefly Distilleries. Firefly has provided Yarn with their "On the Fly" RV that will be keeping them out on the road to evangelize about music and good times for their 2012 tour schedule. The group was recently featured on the January, 23rd CNN exclusive segment, Erin Burnett Out Front, showcasing their music and partnership with Firefly Vodka. They will also be making their first appearance at SXSW in March to play the New Frontier showcase. Their SXSW appearance coincides with the release of their new record, produced by the legendary Bil VornDick, who has worked with Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley, Bob Dylan and many others. His credits appear on No. 1 albums in five different musical genres.
Yarn's new release continues to live up to their band name, weaving together the fibers of roots music into songs that are passionate and resonate with audiences across America. The Brooklyn born sextet- Blake Christiana ( Vocals, Guitar), Trevor MacArthur (Vocals, Guitar), Andrew Hendryx (Mandolin, Harmonica), Rod Hohl (Electric Guitar), Rick Bugel (Bass) and Robert Bonhomme (Drums) - are known for calling out the overproduced pop music of the day and revolutionizing roots music styles, transforming them into a fresh sound. Christiana, an impressive songwriter and lead vocalist, confesses universal tales of life on the road that will appeal to edgy music hopefuls as well as fans of more traditional country music. They draw up the best of America's past and charge it with the insurgence of Americana's present. Yarn excels at unraveling their own blend of peaceful alt-country, indie-rock with a raw sound that begs for repeat listens. "Growing up as a kid listening to Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley, I built my own musical taste," Christiana says.
The album pulls from the inspiration of the greats but is amplified by what each band member uniquely brings into the studio from the streets of New York. Hendryx's crafted Mandolin riffing takes control while Christiana,MacArthur and Hohl's harmonious thirds echo volume building melodies. Bugel's unwavering bass and Bonhomme's driving beats punctuate the band's emotion provoking authenticity.
In 2007, Yarn's self-titled debut album peaked at No. 14 on the AMA and R&R Radio Charts, and ranked No. 79 on the AMA's Top 100 Albums of that year. In 2008, the band's second record, Empty Pockets, spent months in the top 5 on the AMA chart and garnered them eight, first round 2009 Grammy nominations. Yarn's 2008 released album, Come On In, reached #25 on the top 100 Americana chart of 2010.
Christiana beams, "I like to think America is in the midst of a musical revolution, revolting against the candycoated, over-produced [stuff] being spoon-fed into our earholes. Revolt, America, and we'll see you at our shows." Yarn is definitely a band that earns musical converts with their live performances. Check out their upcoming tour dates in support of their latest album along with CD release parties happening across the country. In addition to performing at SXSW in March, they will be featured alongside Allison Krauss and Union Station at California's Strawberry Music Festival.
"They are playing good music and living the American dream. We think Yarn is going to make it big" - Erin Burnett, CNN, Erin Burnett Out Front
March 29, 2012 - Manchester, CT - Hungry Tiger
March 30, 2012 - Blairstown, NJ - Historic Blairstown Theatre
March 31, 2012 - Lake Hopatcong, NJ The Jefferson House - Blake Christiana SOLO
April 5, 2012 - Richmond, VA - The Camel
April 6, 2012 - Greensboro, NC - Blind Tiger
April 7, 2012 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
April 12, 2012 - Buffalo, NY - Sportsmen's Tavern
April 13, 2012 - Syracuse, NY - Westcott Theater
April 14, 2012 - Oswego, NY - Oswego Music Hall
April 20, 2012 - Thomas, WV - Purple Fiddle
April 21, 2012 - Harrisonburg, VA - Rocktown Festival
April 21, 2012 - Harrisonburg, VA - Clementine Cafe
April 22, 2012 - Knoxville, TN - Rhythm and Blooms Festival
May 2, 2012 - Lincoln, NE - The Zoo Bar
May 4, 2012 - Denver, CO - Quixote's
May 9, 2012 - Oregon, OR - Great Northwest Music Tour
May 10, 2012 - Portland, OR - Kennedy School
May 12, 2012 - McMinnville, OR - Hotel Oregon
May 13, 2012 - Eugene, OR - Cosmic Pizza
May 15, 2012 - Centralia, WA - Oly Club
May 17, 2012 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield
May 18, 2012 - McMinnville, OR - Hotel Oregon
May 20, 2012 - Portland, OR - The Crystal Ballroom
May 26, 2012 - Camp Mather, CA - Strawberry Music Festival
June 9, 2012 - Millers Falls, MA - Route 63 Roadhouse
June 15, 2012Berryville, VAShenandoah Riverside Festival
June 23, 2012 - Schuylkill Haven, PA - Madsummer Meltdown #3
June 28, 2012 - Charlotte, NC - U.S. National Whitewater Center
June 29, 2012- Morganton, NC - Downtown Morganton
July 28, 2012 - Floyd, VA - Floyd Fest
August 12, 2012 - McGaheysville, VA - Mountain Jamboree at Massanutten
August 18, 2012 - Lakewood, NJ - The GlimmerGrass Roots Music
September 14, 2012 - Kempton, PA - Pinnacle Jam Music Festival
October 5, 2012 - Southern Pines, NC - First Friday Southern Pines
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