Colorado’s own Yonder Mountain String Band will be passing through upstate New York, starting this evening, playing two shows in support of their newest album, Black Sheep. Jennings Landing in Albany will host a FREE Alive at Five show with the bluegrass quintet on Thursday, July 9, and Paper Mill Island in Baldwinsville will greet them on Friday, July 10. Following their back-to-back shows, the group will continue their extensive tour and head south for All Good Festival in West Virginia on Saturday followed by the Northwest String Summit next weekend.
Y.M.S.B. has been an active touring and recording band in the bluegrass community for nearly 17 years and is still gaining momentum to this day. Their latest recording, Black Sheep, was released on their own Frog Pad Records at Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 16, 2015. The album, aside from one cover track “Ever Fallen in Love,” was written by members of the group over the past couple of years. Much of the engineering for the album was handled by Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals) in his home studio and on the road. Other original members Dave Johnston (banjo, vocals) and Ben Kaufmann (bass, vocals) have welcomed new members Allie Kral (violin, vocals), and Jacob Jolliff (mandolin, vocals) to the band, which now brings the sound of a 1940’s bluegrass ensemble.