The king of the bluegrass jam bands
Yonder Mountain String Band has always played music by its own set of rules. With their traditional lineup of instruments, the band may look like a traditional bluegrass band at first glance, but they’ve created music that transcends any genre. The Colorado-based quintet has crisscrossed the country over the past 20 years, playing music reflecting varied influences from the bluegrass of Del McCoury, Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe, and the Osborne Brothers as well as the punk rock of Bad Religion, Black Flag, and the Dead Kennedys. Somewhere in between these two tent poles are early 20th-century classical composers and alternative rock bands like Grandaddy and Postal Service. It’s all funneled through the band’s unique chemistry, honed since the members first met at an informal club performance in 1998. Fans are drawn to Yonder’s anything-goes attitude, its humor and passion about music, and its ability to stretch out live. Yonder Mountain's music is bluegrass for the whole world, acoustic tunes filled with dazzling chops, and it’s fun to boot. Maybe that's why this band has outlasted almost all of the others in the first wave of bluegrass-oriented jam bands. Arkansauce opens with genre-hopping string band music from northwest Arkansas.