Bluegrass innovators reshape cuts from their latest album, Black Sheep, with improvisatory excursions
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Yonder Mountain String Band
Their sound: redefines the boundaries of bluegrass with rock and improvisational elements
Their influences: everything from The Grateful Dead to punk rock
Their unlikely origins Guitarist Adam Aijala points out that the band had never even heard bluegrass until their 20s. Before that, they all preferred punk.
Need proof? Their 2015 album Black Sheep features a cover of The Buzzcocks’ “Ever Fallen in Love”
Another seemingly unlikely fact about Black Sheep: Despite the band’s long career, it’s the first time they’ve ever recorded as a conventional bluegrass five-piece—guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and bass.
The reason for the switch up: Following the departure of founding member Jeff Austin, the group expanded to include mandolinist Jacob Jolliff and violinist Allie Kral.