Yonder Mountain String Band
Yonder Mountain String Band has always played music by its own set of rules. Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences that the band cites, Yonder has pioneered a sound of their own. With their traditional lineup of instruments, the band may look like a traditional bluegrass band at first glance but they've created their own music that transcends any genre. Dave Johnston points out "What could be more pure than making your own music." Yonder's sound cannot be classified purely as "bluegrass" or "string music" but rather it's an original sound created from "looking at music from [their] own experiences and doing the best job possible." The band continues to play by their own rules on their new record The Show.
The Colorado-based foursome has crisscrossed the country over the past eleven years playing such varied settings as festivals, rock clubs, Red Rocks Amphitheater in the band's home state, and recently the Democratic National Convention in Denver at Mile High Stadium opening for Barack Obama. Their loyal fanbase has been built from this diverse setting of music venues as fans latched on to their genre-defying original sound.
Grandpa's Cough Medicine
Grandpa's Cough Medicine is an outlaw bluegrass trio that ignores certain traditions of the genre, such as gospel themes and Blueridge mountain cabins, and instead focuses on frenetic picking, blazing tempos and dark subject matter. Bluegrass music is seldom played with such aggression and attitude, yet backed up by the musical competency and skill that embody the genre. The simple combination of flat picked guitar, Scruggs-style banjo, thumping upright bass and tight vocal harmonies are combined into a proverbial bluegrass hand grenade that explodes with foot stomping intensity. The Florida Times-Union included the band's CD "Jailbird Blues" among the top ten local albums of 2011.