Yonder Mountain String Band Brings Out Guests At NWSS

By Andy Kahn Jul 19, 2015 10:49 am PDT

Jamgrass outfit Yonder Mountain String Band is currently hosting their annual Northwest String Summit at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Oregon. At each of YMSB’s first two performances so far the quintet invited fellow festival performers to join them on stage for a number of rousing sit-ins. 

Yonder’s first performance at this year’s NWSS took place Friday night and the band wasted little time before welcoming Paul Hoffman, Mike Devol and Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass, as well as The Del McCoury Band’s Ronnie McCoury (who also performed with Keller Williams & The Travelin McCourys) for a run of collaborative songs, beginning with the title track from their recently issued new album Black Sheep. The guests also augmented the first set closing “Kentucky Mandolin” and “White Freightliner.” YMSB’s second set on Friday was guest-free but did included the opening “Only A Northern Song Northern Song” > “Sidewalk Stars” > “Only A Northern Song Northern Song” sandwich as well as the closing “Angel” > “Robots” > “Angel” pairing. A cover of Pink Floyd’s “Goodbye Blue Sky” filled the encore slot to bring their first NWSS 2015 performance to a close.

[All The Time | captured by EPIC Creative]

On Saturday night Yonder wasted no time welcoming outsiders, taking the stage with The Del McCoury Band in tow. The legendary performer and his family helped lead off the show by assisting on “My Walking Shoes” and “Pain In My Heart.” At the conclusion of the first set Yonder brought out members of The Infamous Stringdusters to sit-in on the set closing “Traffic Jam.” Saturday’s second set was again guest-less but included covers of songs by the likes of Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Talking Heads mixed among originals. For the encore YMSB brought out Larry Keel to join the show ending run through of “Winds Of Wyoming”> “Culpepper Woodchuck” > “Winds Of Wyoming.”

[Ever Fallen In Love | captured by EPIC Creative]

Yonder Mountain String Band plays the final night of the Northwest String Summit tonight, Sunday July 19. Stay tuned to JamBase for a full recap of the entire festival later this week. 

Friday, July 17 Setlist

Set One: Around You > Fingerprint, All The Time > New Dusty Miller, I Know You Rider, Black Sheep* > Kentucky Mandolin* > White Freightliner*

Set Two: Only A Northern Song > Sidewalk Stars > Northern Song, Ever Fallen In Love, Sometimes I’ve Won, Up For Brinkley’s, C’est La Vie, Jail Song, Angel > Robots > Angel

Encore: Goodbye Blue Sky

* with Paul Hoffman, Mike Devol, Anders Beck and Ronnie McCoury 

Saturday, July 18 Setlist

Set One: My Walking Shoes*, Pain In My Heart*, On The Run > Pass This Way > EMD  > Pass This Way > On The Run, Night Out, The End Is Not In Sight, Traffic Jam**

Set Two: Travelin Prayer, Eat In Go Deaf Eat Out Go Broke, It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City > Looking Back Over My Shoulder > I’m Lost > Looking Back Over My Shoulder > Nothing But A Breeze, Girlfriend Is Better > Drawing A Melody

Encore: Winds Of Wyoming^ > Culpepper Woodchuck^ > Winds Of Wyoming^

*  with The Del McCoury Band
** with The Infamous Stringdusters
^ with Larry Keel

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