Yonder Mountain rereleases "Elevation"

Thursday, November 14, 2019 – Long out of print, Yonder Mountain String Band's debut album, "Elevation," is now out on the 20th-anniversary of its release.

The album is now available as a 180g double vinyl re-release. Originally released on the band's own independent Frog Pad Records, "Elevation" features founding members Dave Johnston, Ben Kaufmann, Adam Aijala and Jeff Austin along with guest musicians Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Sally Van Meter and Celeste Krenz.

The 20th Anniversary release of Elevation is available now in limited quantities at the merch table and online.

"Twenty years ago, over a good meal and margaritas, a pivotal moment in acoustic music transpired and forever changed the face of acoustic and bluegrass music," said Van Meter, who produced "Elevation. "That moment was the agreement to produce Yonder Mountain String Band's first studio recording, 'Elevation.' YMSB's 'Elevation' broke past traditional bluegrass music boundaries, opening the door for acceptance of the next generation's take on a new style that audiences would fully embrace. YMSB had something special about what they played, and how they played it. Their songs showed that it was not just jamgrass party time. No matter what they played, they did it with a full musical heart - both familiar and new concert attendees fell in love with them. Young and old listeners together could feel that this first recording was a wind-direction change in acoustic music that had not been felt possibly since the '70s with Tony Rice and David Grisman.

"When YMSB came to me to produce Elevation, they told me, 'We want to make a studio recording that will show people we are serious and that we can make a studio recording that is professional."

"At Rancho De Ville recording studio in Boulder, we shared laughter, disagreements, commitment, and hope. We recorded a great album in the way YMSB members and their fans approach life in general: we had fun and worked hard together. I am still thankful that I took them at their word and accepted the job as their producer."

Yonder Mountain String Band spent the latter half of 2019 touring from the Eastern Seaboard to Oregon's Northwest String Summit with stops throughout the heartland, including a near sold-out performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver. The band will finish out the year at Mexico's Strings & Sol and their Colorado New Years run. 2020 kicks into high gear with a January Mountain State tour, including a Pacific Northwest run with The Infamous Stringdusters, before heading to the Southeast with The Travelin' McCourys.

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