Photos by Jamie Kastriches
As the sun set over the Charlotte skyline, the anticipation for the string band twang increases amongst anxious fans as they flood into Amos Southend, home to Yonder Mountain String Band’s second stop of their fall tour.
As the banter grows louder among the diverse crowd of hippies, bluegrass lovers and music fans old and young, the scent of whisky and herb fills the air as bluegrass fans begin their countdown to hoedown.
The four piece bluegrass band from Colorado has no stylistic limitations breaking all traditional bluegrass rules and adding a progressive jam sound to their shows making Yonder Mountain one of the most beloved bluegrass bands in the business today.
Fresh off their brand new EP and first show of the fall tour in Wilmington, NC, YMSB was more than ready to deliver a hard hitting throw down to Charlotte fans who have long awaited the return of their bluegrass buddies.
Jeff’s speedy picking on the mandolin and the up-tempo banjo riffs of Dave’s banjo captivated an entranced crowd.
A cover of the Beatles hit “Dear Prudence” had us breathing deep with appreciation for the sounds from over yonder that transcend all boundaries.