By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jamgrass veterans Yonder Mountain String Band made their return to Lexington on Aug. 1 for a blistering stop on their summer tour with support from Arkansauce.
The show marked their first in Lexington since a Halloween affair on Oct. 31, 2018 at Manchester Music Hall. Last Thursday’s show also marked the band’s first at The Burl, adding it to the long list of Lexington venues the band has frequented over the last two decades including Lynagh’s Irish Pub, Lyric Theatre and Kentucky Theatre, among others.
Yonder Mountain took to the stage following a sharp opening set from Arkansas-based jamgrass outfit Arkansauce to a packed and eager crowd as they opened with a cover of the Stanley Brothers “Sharecropper’s Son” before hopping from seasoned originals to trendy covers, capped by a bad ass “It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City” –> “Landfall” –> “It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City” medley.
After the dust settled the band handed the reigns over to power house vocalist Allie Kral to lead the way on “Love Before You Can’t” from 2015’s Black Sheep – the band’s first project with Kral and mandolinist Jacob Jolliff on board – before diving into a cover of Mike and The Mechanic’s “Looking Back Over My Shoulder.” Cuts of “Another Day” along with a twangy version of the Steve Miller Band’s “Jet Airliner” followed before another drawn out medley, this time an “Angel” –> “Robots” –> “Angel” jam that brought the audience to the peak of anticipation.
After a brief exit the band returned for a steamy four song encore that featured covers of Ween’s “Bananas and Blow” along with John Hartford cover and longtime (but lately not often heard) Yonder Mountain song “2 Hits and the Joint Turned Brown.”
View the set list for Yonder Mountain String Band’s Aug. 1 show in Lexington below. For more information visit YonderMountain.com.
YMSB 8/1/19 in Lexington, KY. set list
Sharecropper’s Son (Stanley Brothers cover)
This Lonesome Heart
The End Is Not In Sight (Amazing Rhythm Aces cover)
It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City (Bruce Springsteen cover) –>
It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City
Love Before You Can’t
Looking Back Over My Shoulder (Mike and The Mechanics cover)
Jet Airliner (Steve Miller Band cover)
Bananas and Blow (Ween cover)
2 Hits And The Joint Turned Brown (John Hartford cover)