Alternative Rock Band Yarn to Perform at The Garage, 5/31
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December 15, 2014
Up and coming Americana Alt/Rock band Yarn will perform one night only at The Garage on May 31 at 8pm.
Tickets to Yarn are $12 in advance and $15 day of show. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets can also be bought online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.
Brooklyn-based Americana/Alt-Rock 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.
On Yarn's latest release, Leftovers, Volume 1 you'll hear vintage tracks recorded during the band's first studio sessions back in 2006 and 2007. With this retro-collection, 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-rock, with a dash of jam-band.
Their self-titled debut record reached No. 14 on the AMA and R&R Radio Charts, and ranked No. 79 on the AMA's Top 100 Albums of 2007. Yarn's 2008 follow-up, Empty Pockets, spent months in the top 5 on the AMA chart and was honored with eight first round 2009 Grammy nominations in several categories. Yarn's third release, Come on In, held its own as the #25 record on the top 100 Americana chart of 2010.
2012 brought 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 every way possible. Yarn's devotion to their fans is realized in online and social sharing of their music, whether its daily video posts, premiering fresh songs on local radio, or performing live in small town venues across the country. They are brought songs to American music lovers, and the music lovers responded.
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 spoke, and on March 20th, Yarn released 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 progressive 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 went on to make their first appearance at SXSW in the New Frontier Showcase, and travel 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 kept building, putting them 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."