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I am new to these forums. I’ve been a Zepp fan since I was a kid. I am a huge music fan. Especially anything that is considered classic. I can't stand the candy coated, over-produced [stuff] being spoon-fed into our ear holes these days. I have been told that I was born in the wrong generation. I wish I was around during the Woodstock generation and Zepps heyday.For the past 5 years or so I have been following this Brooklyn based Americana, Alt.Country, Folk Rock/Roots Rock Jamband all over NYC. Some people have been following them up and down the east cost. (yes, yes…alt-country from Brooklyn…get over it.) When I 1st discovered them I was a little afraid because I don't care for Country music. However after checking them out that all changed and went out the window. Trust me when I say they are the real deal. They are not Nashville Pop. The reason I am posting this hear is because they rock and deserve to be noticed. I am also posting this because I recently read a review that said their mandolin player has an odd resemblance to a young Robert Plant. The way he played his instrument was more like Jimmy Page though (both of Led Zeppelin fame). http://www.blitzweek...nt/032112a.html Brooklyn-based Yarn’s fourth disc (not counting a disc of ‘Leftovers’) is titled ‘Almost Home’. Taken straight-forward, it could be a reference to a hard-touring band wrapping up another string of dates and looking forward to a bit of time off. It could also refer to a band hitting on all cylinders right now and just about to break out. They are a very taper friendly band and will allow you to tape there concerts and upload them to the archive.org or anywhere else on the web or trade them amongst friends. Check out the following link where you can download http://archive.org/details/YarnMusic for you to download shows free of charge. They also have tons of live you tube videos. Yarn has a song called Abilene. The CD version is about 5 minutes however in concert they stretch it out over 10+ minutes. It starts off real slow and then the song picks up speed and the band hits the highway. In concert they have been known to give a nod to Dazed and Confused. Search the archive or youtube to see them jam Dazed and Confused. Yarn is more then just some average country band. Someone once said that if it was the 1970's and not 2012 Yarn would be on the cover of Rolling Stone and be one of the biggest bands in America. I posted a copy of there bio below which should give you more info on the best band nobody has heard of.

Yarn Bio

Since their start in 2007, Yarn’s original Americana sound has developed into music that seekers of the unique see as the soundtrack to their lives. Yarn’s first four albums were recognized by the AMA’s and R&R radio charts, spending time in the top 5 at their highest point. Yarn has become one of the hardest-working and harder-touring bands for this generation’s digital natives and new music folllowers.

2012 brings this grammy-nominated roots band into the music revolution, inspired by today’s music devotee’s hunger for artists to believe in and follow, they are giving it to the fans everyday in everyway possible. Yarn’s devotion to their fans is realized in online and social sharing of their music, whether it’s daily video posts, premiering fresh songs on local radio, or performing live in small town venues across the country. They are bringing songs to American music lovers, and the music lovers are responding.

Yarn’s devoted followers, affectionately called the “Yarmy”, answered the band’s request for aid when they funded their new record through Kickstarter. Raising in excess of $5000 of the $15,000 needed, the “Yarmy” proved their allegiance to Yarn and their music being heard in 2012. The fans have spoken, and on March 20th, Yarn releases their new album, Almost Home, produced by the multi-Grammy winning, Bil VornDick, who has worked with Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley, Bob Dylan and many others. VornDick came across a Yarn performance at “Music City Roots”, Nashville’s progessive live music show that showcases some of the best of the Americana music scene. Although they didn’t come together that night, VornDick and his wife heard Yarn on a Virginia radio live remote a few days later as they were traveling. VornDick decided it must be a sign and the rest is Yarn history.

Yarn’s mojo continues to provide as they will be making their first appearance at SXSW in the New Frontier Showcase, and traveling in the “On the Fly” RV, courtesy of their 2012 sponsorship with Firefly Vodka. “It seems every good connection leads to another,” says Christiana,our fan following has really put us in a place to get noticed and we want to repay them for the huge faith in us.” Yarn’s good karma keeps building, being in the right place at the right time. They were recently featured on CNN’s Out Front, during a cover story on Firefly Distilleries. The band just happened to be in town and their music made a believer out of CNN host, Erin Burnett, who, (as she sings along with the band), proclaims, “They are playing good music and living the American dream. We think Yarn is going to make it big!”

Yarn is led by singer/songwriter and cult-master, Blake Christiana, who carries the torch for the fan-following that will transport Yarn into the promised land. “Our fans are like family. We are so grateful to people that love music and will help support us in creating it. It’s just remarkable,” Christiana says. “That’s half of my love of the road; we’ve got what feels like family in tons of cities across America.”

Yarn’s devoted “family” has them following in the fine tradition of The Grateful Dead and Widespread Panic, whose fans will go to any length to see them live, and this year Yarn’s fans will see them plenty. Their rigorous tour schedule has them out on the road for more than 150 dates per year since 2007 and they are not slowing down.

For Yarn, discussion of life on the road goes right back to the audience and the fan’s benevolence. “They want us to survive and to keep creating music, so they will bring us into their homes, let us sleep in their beds, cook for us...the level of generosity is unbelievable,” says Christiana. The Yarn sextet doesn’t hold back when it comes to rewarding their followers for their loyalty. “We are so exposed to our fans...we don’t sit on the bus or hide in the green room, we are hanging out, drinking beer with them, going out after the show...if anyone wants to get to know us on a more personal level, it’s very easy,” admits Christiana. They also make sure that all their live shows are recorded and online for fans freely. “We have been doing that for a few years, and the fans love it,” says Christiana, “whatever it takes, we want to do for anybody that comes out to our shows.” Is there a mark of success for Yarn? Christiana states it well, “To live comfortably and make music for our fans. I just want to be able to do what I love and eat...so maybe I’m already there,” he laughs, “we want to make good music and hopefully that makes someone else’s life better.”

Stay tuned, 2012 looks like Yarn may unravel the American dream.

Brooklyn-based Americana/Alt-Country band Yarn’s sound owes as much to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs as to Jerry Garcia and Exile On Main Street-era Rolling Stones. Following in a fine tradition that includes forward thinking roots bands like The Flying Burrito Brothers and New Riders of The Purple Sage, Yarn weaves roots music idioms into a fresh sound that turns on hipsters and fans of country music alike, with technically impressive song-crafting and universal tales from the road of life.

Yarn is touring intensively and their impressive live shows continue to build the buzz and the fan base fueled by their first four records.

For more info on the band check out www.yarnmusic.net or www.5guitars.org or www.facebook.com/brooklynyarn

You can stream Yarn new album Almost Home here: http://airplaydirect...yarnalmosthome/



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I've seen them 2-3 over the past several years when they've played Raleigh, NC. The last time I saw them they did two sets, one of originals and another of nothing but Grateful Dead songs. I like them but not enough to feel like I need to own any of their records.

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I am still around. I just went back into lurk mode. More like life got in the way. I saw that video. What a great song and an amazing view. BTW Yarn has a new album coming out on Sept 10th 2013. That song is the title track from the album. It's an acoustic album. John Oats from Hall and Oats guest on a couple of songs. For more info check out the following link or keep reading.



Yarn Releases New Album, Shine The Light On, September 10,
Featuring John Oates of Hall & Oates

Early CD Release Party Set for September 4 at City Winery, NYC
Nashville, TN (August 26, 2013)-- Americana’s favorite band, Yarn, brightens up their album catalog with the September 10 release of Shine The Light On, featuring two tracks with musical legend John Oates from the famous “rock and soul” duo, Hall and Oates. This 12-track acoustic release can be found online at all digital outlets, as well as at live shows and on the band’s website, www.yarnmusic.com.

Picture Above L-R: Yarn's Rod Hohl and Blake Christiana, John Oates, Yar'n Andrew Hendryx, Bobby Bonhomme, and Rick Bugel. Photo courtesy of DSE Music Group.
Within this 12-track acoustic collection, all written by lead singer Blake Christiana, listeners witness the poignant emotion and emotive story-telling that has come to define the sextet’s sound, which straddles the genres of Americana and alt-country, with a dash of jam-band injected on select tracks. "I really wanted to make another acoustic record, focus on the songs, and revisit the early days of Yarn,” says Christiana. “Some of the best songs we've written live on this record. It's a pretty dark collection, but we are confident you can find the light shining through."

John Oates of Hall and Oates appears on two tracks that he co-wrote with Christiana. Oates says, “From the first time I heard Yarn perform at Music City Roots in Nashville I became a fan. They have one foot in the traditional sound of bluegrass and the other foot stepping into the future. It was an honor for me to co-write and collaborate with them on their new record. Great playing, great singing and great songwriting, what more is there?”

The Brooklyn-based band have scheduled and early album release party at City Winery in New York, NY on Wednesday, September 4. Tickets are on sale now for $18 and can be purchased at http://www.citywinery.com/newyork/tickets/yarn-9-4.html.
Shine The Light On Track Listing:

1. “Angel Place That Halo”
2. “Good Lady”
3. “Bobby Weeks”
4. “Take Me First “
5. “Keep Me Far From My Home”
6. “Lets Get Dark”
7. “Wasted Life”
8. “Lay Down Our Lovin’ Heart”
9. “Let Us Pray”
10. “Tear Me Down” ft. John Oates
11. “Shine The Light In”
12. “The Truth Of My Sweet Anna Lee” ft. John Oates
For more information on Yarn, visit www.yarnmusic.com
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