Indie roots rock band Yarn is all wound up about the upcoming release of its new album, “Almost Home” — a project that would have unraveled without the support of a loyal fan base.
Thanks to Kickstarter, an online funding platform, and plenty of generous supporters, Yarn was able to raise enough money to record “Almost Home,” set for release March 20. The guys are hitting the road hard and heavy this month in support of the new album, and they’ll be riding in style in their “On the Fly” RV courtesy of avid independent music supporters Firefly Distilleries.
Yarn’s 2012 tour includes a March 7 stop in Bristol, where the band will perform at 9 p.m. at Machiavelli’s.
It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Yarn, which was featured on a recent segment of the CNN show “Erin Burnett Out Front” that showcased that band’s music and partnership with Firefly Vodka. Later this month, Yarn will make its first appearance at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, to play the New Frontier showcase. The performance coincides with the release of Yarn’s new record, produced by the legendary Bil VornDick, who has worked with Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley, Bob Dylan and many others. His credits appear on No. 1 albums in five different musical genres.
“Almost Home” continues to live up to the band’s name, weaving together the fibers of roots music into songs that are passionate and resonate with audiences across America.
The Brooklyn-born sextet — Blake Christiana (vocals, guitar), Trevor MacArthur (vocals, guitar), Andrew Hendryx (mandolin, harmonica), Rod Hohl (electric guitar), Rick Bugel (bass) and Robert Bonhomme (drums) — is known for calling out today’s overproduced pop music and revolutionizing roots music styles, transforming them into a fresh sound.
Christiana, the band’s songwriter and lead vocalist, pens universal tales of life on the road that will appeal to edgy music hopefuls as well as fans of more traditional country music. They draw up the best of America’s past and charge it with the insurgence of Americana’s present. Yarn excels at unraveling their own blend of peaceful alt-country, indie-rock with a raw sound that begs for repeat listens.
“Growing up as a kid listening to Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley, I built my own musical taste,” Christiana says.
“Almost Home” pulls from the inspiration of the greats but is amplified by what each band member uniquely brings into the studio from the streets of New York.
Hendryx’s crafted mandolin riffing takes control while Christiana, MacArthur and Hohl’s harmonious thirds echo volume-building melodies. Bugel’s unwavering bass and Bonhomme’s driving beats punctuate the band’s emotion-provoking authenticity.
In 2007, Yarn’s self-titled debut album peaked at No. 14 on the AMA and R&R Radio Charts, and ranked No. 79 on the AMA’s Top 100 Albums of that year. In 2008, the band’s second record, “Empty Pockets,” spent months in the top 5 on the AMA chart and garnered its members eight first-round 2009 Grammy nominations. Yarn’s 2008 released album “Come On In” reached No. 25 on the top 100 Americana chart of 2010.
“I like to think America is in the midst of a musical revolution, revolting against the candycoated, over-produced [stuff] being spoon-fed into our earholes,” Christiana said. “Revolt, America, and we’ll see you at our shows.”
In addition to performing at SXSW, Yarn will be featured alongside Allison Krauss and Union Station at California’s Strawberry Music Festival this y e a r.
To find out more, visit Yarn’s website at www.yarnmusic.net ? or find the band on Facebook.
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Yarn will give fans a sneak peek of its forthcoming album, ‘Almost Home,’ when the indie roots rock band makes a stop Wednesday at Machiavelli’s in Bristol.