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Yonder Mountain String Band in Ridgefield, CT 10-23-2011


I always try my hardest to be objective about Yonder Mountain String Band shows, but the music they make never fails to make my heart flutter and in that way, it becomes difficult. And as long as that disclosure is out of the way, I hope that you can trust me when I say this was a great show. Set at the quaint and beautiful Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT, the band hardly filled the theater and walked out to polite clapping and seated rows.

Adam Aijala

They started with “Blue Collar Blues,” “At the End of the Day,” and “This Lonesome Heart,” a calm trio of songs that complimented their instrumental skill and voices, and introduced the idea of getting up and dancing a bit. By “If Loving You is Killing Me,” there were finally more people standing than sitting, and it seemed that YMSB was settled enough to make this a comfortable and intimate show. The set stayed fairly mellow, with the guys walking all over the stage to play with one another and coming right up to the front to interact with the mass gathering in the isles. “Natchez Whistles” into “What the Night Brings” brought the it to a close, echoing the roller coster of style from the whole set. Jeff Austin seemed to truly be feeling the “Natchez Whistles” and the band follow suit with beautiful harmonies and decadent chords. The set closer amped the crowd up for what was to come, as the name might imply, topping the first half of the evening with a perfectly bluegrass, energetic tune.

Jeff Austin

Yonder Mountain really got worked up for second set, opening with a banjo-driven, dirt-kickin’ “Jesus on the Mainline > Shenandoah Breakdown > Jesus on the Mainline” sandwich. They kept the energy high and were flowing seamlessly from super fast jaunts to slower melodies, like “Mother’s Only Son.” They took the opportunity here to get into a few nice jams and interplay back and forth between exciting solos, but it was “Bloody Mary Morning” that seemed to decide the remainer of the set. Loud cheers and hoe-down clapping could be heard in the usually tame theater, and the crowd seemed to call for more dance tunes. They boys sure delivered, starting the beginning of the end with a strong “Whipping Post” that the audience loved. Almost unrecognizable first, when the tempo picked up, people started wailing and jumping about, and YMSB were all smiles and laughs. Austin’s passion just seeps through his vocal chords and when they cover songs he loves, you can all but tell. It was especially moving when they went back into it after “Only a Northern Sun” to end the set.

Yonder Mountain String Band

The enthused crowd was not going to let that be the end of this special, personal show, so the band came back on for an encore even though their sound guy began unplugging everything. After an attempt at the microphone, Jeff said a word to the audience and, speaking of covers he loves, started strumming the chords of “They Love Each Other.” Whether it was for the people begging for it during the show, or because then genuinely felt like playing it, or maybe both, but they wobbled their way to the front of the stage and took real advantage of the theaters acoustics, no pun intended. He wailed out the first verse and when the chorus came around, the crowd couldn’t help but sing along. It turned into a big family carol and was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had with Yonder Mountain String Band.

Another review coming after the NYC show on Saturday!! Oh how I love fall tours in the northeast!

The Weekend Trip, 9/23/11


Hey everyone, thanks for checking back in with the second episode of The Weekend Trip! This weekend, we start off with some bluegrass, mellower tunes, then kick it into gear with a funk sandwich fron Zach Deputy and New York Funk Exchange, and prep you for your night with electronica jams from a couple brand new bands! Let me know what you think, I’m still breakin’ in my DJ skillz and could use some constructive criticism! I would also love to take requests, I’ll honor any that I can, and if you have a band you’d like me to check out- hit me up! Email me at phunkytela@gmail.com

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Here’s ya playlist, kid!

Eggs- Ryan Montbleau Band, Live at Bear Creek 2009
Complicated- Yonder Mountain String BandThe Show
Whiskey In Heaven- Poor Man’s Whiskey, Dark Side of the Moonshine, Disc 2
Incandescent Devil- Tea Leaf Green, Rock ‘n’ Roll Band Soundtrack
Sunshine- Zach Deputy, Sunshine
Shimmy- New York Funk Exchange, Funkonomic Stimulus Plan
Bugless Brunch- Fundimensionals, Fundimensionals
Beadhead Crystal Bugger- The McLovins, Good Catch!
The Chase- BAM!, Live at Triumph Brewery
Explosions- Wolfman Conspiracy, ( 2011 single )
Devil’s in the Details- Jimkata, Ghosts and Killers
Down in the Yards- Rubblebucket, Omega La La

"How do you like yours? Unfertilized." RMB at Wormtown 2011

Zach Deputy at Catskill Chill, 2011

Fundimensionals at Catskill Chill, 2011

Other important stuff:

Most of these artists are touring right now, so definitely check out their schedules,

ZD is releasing his new album Another Day very soon, pre sale ends Sept 27th and it’s an absolutely wonderful album,

I’m hopelessly obsessed with Jeff Austin, forgive me,

and our background music for this episode was Soulive’s cover of The Beatles “Come Together” off their AWESOME album Rubber Soulive. Check back here for more from Soulive next week!

Peace and love friends!

The Weekend Trip trials


Hey guys, here’s my first attempt at making these playlists for you! Suggestions and constructive criticism welcome! Always taking suggestions for new bands as well, the goal is to include as much music as possible!

Here’s what I got for you this week:

Spiritual Lines- Fundimensionals, Fundimensionals
Healing- Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Live Up! Vol. 2
Fingerprint- Yonder Mountain String Band, The Show
75 and Sunny- Ryan Montbleau Band, Patience on Friday
I Want You- Soulive, Rubber Soulive
Hat Trick- Soulive, Up Here
Tokyo Tea- The McLovins, Good Catch!
World Is Gonna Drown- Rubblebucket, Rose’s Dream
Michael Phelps- FiKus, Mover Shaker EP
Deal- Dan Galvano, 420 Jamstravaganza LIVE!

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