Posted by: jdantos | December 13, 2012

Track of the Night: Complicated, by Yonder Mountain String Band

Yonder Mountain String Band is a great outfit transitioning from traditional string-pickin’ bluegrass to a more appealing mix of jamband, great songwriting, and maybe even folk – all the while increasing their accessibility to new audiences, in my view.

This song is a very upbeat track, a mixture of chord progressions moving up the scale, plus hard-pickin’ banjo, plus gleeful upper-register strings. It reminds me of running down the National Mall on a chilly midday jog in winter – energetic, calming, and triumphant all at once.

Off the same album, I’d also highly recommend “Belle Parker,” “Fine Excuses,” and “Steep Grade, Sharp Curves.” These are the standouts in the album, in my view. Well, that, and “Midwest Gospel Radio”!


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