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Yonder Mountain String Band has always played music by its own set of rules. Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences that the band cites, Yonder has pioneered a sound of their own. With their traditional lineup of instruments, the band may look like a traditional bluegrass band at first glance but they’ve created their own music that transcends any genre. Dave Johnston ... Read more in Amazon's Yonder Mountain String Band Store

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  • Audio CD (October 1, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: September 7, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frog Pad Records
  • ASIN: B00005QZ46
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rambler's Anthem
2. Easy As Pie
3. Idaho
4. Loved You Enough
5. Sorrow Is a Highway
6. Must've Had Your Reasons
7. Wildewood Drive
8. New Horizons
9. Check Out Time
10. To See You Coming 'round the Bend
11. Red Tail Lights
12. A Father's Arms
13. Hog Potato
14. Peace of Mind

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There is bluegrass, new grass, slam grass, and now JAMGRASS. Taking bluegrass where it has never gone before, these four young players from Nederland, Colorado, have, in just two years, accomplished what many bands dream of achieving in a lifetime. The band has played such prestigious festivals including Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rockygrass, Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, and High Sierra Music Festival.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ryan on November 5, 2002
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I mentioned in my review of _Elevation_ that these four guys aren't quite going to displace Railroad Earth at the top of my Favorite Band Currently In Existence list, but they're getting mighty close. And I hereby make it official that they've replaced the String Cheese Incident as my second favorite.
Much nearer to "traditional" bluegrass than either of those other two bands (in part because they don't use drums/percussion), the Yonder Mountain String Band plays like one mind with four heads and eight hands. Each of the four (Jeff Austin, mandolin; Ben Kaufman, bass; Adam Aijala, guitar; Dave Johnston, banjo) is just so good, and so in tune with the other three, that they sound as though they could play the phone book, without rehearsal, and make it interesting to listen to.
I mildly (very mildly) prefer _Elevation_ over this one as a recommended YMSB "starter" CD, in part because the songs on _Town By Town_ include a couple of oblique references to tunes from the earlier release. But there's a lot to commend this one as well (and even if you don't get it _first_, don't forget to get it _later_).
Since I especially like Austin's stuff, I'll single out the near-epic "New Horizons" and "Peace of Mind." They're cool enough songs in the first place. But Austin is just manic on that mandolin, and both these tunes give the rest of the band a chance to shine on their extended instrumental breaks. (Pay special attention to Kaufman's bass work on "New Horizons." His playing seems to be informed by a classical/jazz sensibility, which works wonderfully here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Craig Fisher on September 2, 2002
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Town by Town is simply one of my favorite albums to come out in the past year or two. I came to YMSB by word of mouth, and bought this disc without having heard them play a note. I was completely blown away! They deliver with incredibly high energy and an intensity rare in many other bands. And they're doing it with just guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass, yielding a very traditional yet modern sound. For my money they far exceed what other bands who incorporate elements of bluegrass are doing (i.e., String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, and Blueground Undergrass). "Rambler's Anthem" and "New Horizons" find the guys in fine form throwing down some impressive and speedy licks. There are also mellower songs of love and loss: "Must've Had Your Reasons" (a favorite) and "To See You Coming Round the Bend". And true to bluegrass tradition, they deliver with a few instumentals including "Wildewood Drive" on which they make excellent use of odd meter. Really, every track is great (including a sweet hidden bonus track). As an aside, for my money this disc is much more consistent than their previous release Elevation, Town by Town is on a different level (just one man's opinion). Call YMSB's brand of bluegrass whatever you want, these guys are the real deal. Don't forget to catch 'em live!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Ross on April 13, 2002
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The Yonder Mountain String Band has a large legion of young, exuberant fans, and this album demonstrates why. Their sound is distinctive. The lyrical messages of their original material are interesting. Their material is well-rehearsed and arranged. Their songs convey spirit, energy and enthusiasm. Unfortunately, they sometimes push their musical capabilities and challenge their own skills on their up-tempo pieces. "Rambler's Anthem" and "Easy as Pie" open the album and are examples of this. The album then settles into a groove with songs like Idaho, Loved You Enough, Sorrow is a Highway, and Must've Had Your Reasons. They succeed with the up-tempo showcase newgrass number, New Horizons, written by mandolinist Jeff Austin. The other band members include Dave Johnston (banjo), Adam Aijala (guitar), and Ben Kaufmann (bass), and they all contribute original material to this album. Tim O'Brien also appears on fiddle and bouzouki. The Yonder Mountain String Band doesn't stick to those straight three-chord traditional progressions. They punctuate and accentuate their music with a lot of excitement, and these guys clearly have a lot of fun which, in turn, energizes their audiences. Bluegrass is in good hands with bands like the Yonder Mountain String Band that are drawing a large following of young fans to the music.
--by Joe Ross, moderator/reviewer for "Nwbluegrass"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John L Kirkland on April 29, 2002
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Yonder Mountain has captured the sure-fire funky attitude that sets them apart from other bluegrass musicians. A tremendous live act, YMSB reaches altitude on "Town" repeatedly.
Noteworthy is the absoulute breakdown on "Horizon." Honestly, this is what hooked me personally. I heard the song in the middle of the night from a little public radio station on a dark highway in Kentucky--I was absolutely jolted. After an obsessive search, I found the boys, bought the CD, then saw them live in Falls Church, VA.
In short though--the CD conveys the energy required to move a cynical and cranky person like myself to actively search for more of this group. God Bless new music and young talent!!
Grab this CD--see the boys live, and support determined genuine talent every chance you get!!
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