Another Colorado band with a diehard fanbase, the Yonder Mountain String Band mixes the homey charms of bluegrass with the electricity and spontaneity of a rock jam session. Consider how unlikely those disparate genres seem, and you’re pretty close to the distinctive tones that this long-running five-piece conjures up. Go to any Yonder show, and you’re likely to run into folks who have traveled there from miles away, and are seeing them for the dozenth time. It’s all because of that style, which simultaneously stokes the sounds of the past while keeping a foot firmly rooted in the contemporary, pleasing purists as well as those who are still just dabbling.
— Nathan Weinbender