Yonder Mountain String Band made their return to Pisgah Brewing Company’s picturesque Outdoor Stage last Friday night. As Asheville and Black Mountain fans have come to expect, Yonder brought a special set to the hidden haven, featuring some rare originals and covers of some classic rock gems, even enlisting the help of Asheville local guitar player Jon Stickley for a few tunes.
The band started out with two tales about struggles with the law “Part 1(Lord Only Knows)” and “Criminal”, appropriate for the preceding week’s tragedies hitting nationwide news cycles. Allie Kral led the way on Linda Ronstadt’s “You’re No Good”, and they invited Stickley onstage for “Winds of Wyoming” with a little bit of “Blue Collar Blues” sandwiched in the middle.
The second set started out strong with an always exceptional cover of “I Know You Rider” that got the whole team on board. Other highlights included covers of the Pure Prairie League’s hit “Amie” and even a take on Bruce Springsteen’s “It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City” in between “Only a Northern Song” by The Beatles. The first encore track was straight out of the ’60s as well, with Buffalo Springfield’s legendary song “For What It’s Worth” that lead into Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Holland 1945”, yet another testament to Yonder’s proclivity at bringing indie and punk rock into bluegrass territory.
Set One: Part 1(Lord Only Knows), Criminal, Ever Fallen in Love, You’re No Good, The End is Not in Sight, Finger Print, Rain Still Falls, Winds of Wyoming > Blue Collar Blues > Winds of Wyoming
Set Two: I Know You Rider, To See You Coming ‘Round the Bend, Landfall, Amie, Son of a Gun, Love Before You Can’t, Pockets, Rambler’s Anthem, Isolate, Only a Northern song > It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City > Only a Northern Song
Encore: For What It’s Worth > Holland 1945