A mild winter evening heated up quickly Friday night with Yonder Mountain String Band and Trout Steak Revival at The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina. The Peel welcomed the two Colorado-based bluegrass bands with open arms and a sold out venue, maxed out at over 1,000 fans.
Trout Steak Revival, winners of the 41st Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition in 2014, ignited a fire that burned throughout the venue. They brought soul to the stage, inspirationally delivering a set of well-composed songs to many new listeners. The night featured music from their new album, “Brighter Everyday”, which was released in March, 2015.
Yonder Mountain String Band then took the stage and to the crowd’s delight graced the night with the classic “40 Miles from Denver.” Featuring outstanding newer additions to the band including Jake Joliff on mandolin, and Allie Kral with the fiddle, Yonder exuberantly played their way through a cover-heavy show and into the hearts of the crowd. Covers included songs by the Grateful Dead, Phish, Ralph Stanley, and Del McCoury. The encore included a nod to recently deceased Jefferson Airplane members, Paul Katner and Signe Anderson, by playing a psychedelic grassy take on “White Rabbit.”
YMSB continues to push the boundaries of bluegrass music. Between Joliff meticulously winding his way through mandolin solos and Kral speaking beautifully through the fiddle, the recent lineup change has helped Yonder curve their sound into something unique to its musicians. The future looks exciting for the group as they continue to familiarize themselves with one another.
Yonder Mountain String Band‘s tour continues with stops in Colombia, Charleston, Atlanta, and Nashville.