YARN / PLYWOOD COWBOY at Pacific Standard Tavern - Thursday My 10th, 2018
Fernando Pinto Presents; YARN / PLYWOOD COWBOY at Pacific Standard Tavern, New Haven
Thursday May 10th, 2018 - Tickets; Advance: $17.00, Day of Show: $20.00
Doors 8pm Showtime 8:30pm... 21+ ages
You might expect a band that calls itself Yarn to, naturally, tend to spin a yarn or two. thats what we do, we tell stories, live and in the studio, truth and fiction singer/songwriter Blake Christiana insists. We dont always opt for consistency. Theres a different vibe onstage from what comes through in our recordings. Theres a difference in every show as well, you never know what youre going to get.
Its with that in mind that Yarn have announced a series of singles that will be digitally released on the 13th of every month beginning in January and continuing throughout the year. Each single will include an A side, a B side and an exclusive alternate version of one of the songs. Naturally, theres no better name for the project than Lucky 13.
These are essentially road stories, Christiana says. Theres an overriding theme that links these songs in a very broad sort of way, but again, the stories are not to be taken literally. The intention was to share the feeling of what its like to spend time travelling from city to city, with all the unlikely experiences that can be encountered along the way.
People always ask us to tell them road stories, singer guitarist Rod Hohl adds. While this batch of songs arent exactly literal road stories, most deal with some degree of adventure and adversity as inspired by our tours and treks around the country. Yet like any good story, theres an imaginative element to it as well. Thats why weve decided to release alternate versions of some of the tracks, to provide a glance at the oddities that exist just beyond sight
The titles of these tracks summarize the stories at a glance. Hohl describes Sioux City, Road Less Traveled and Hurricane as adventure stories as seen from the perspective of the road. Too Young re-imagines that road as an analogy, the highway of life. Weary, as title implies, describes the toll taken by that seemingly endless journey. However, theres also hope on the horizon; Heaven in You suggests that there is an oasis out there somewhere. Promised Land and American Dream offer reason why one might choose to embark upon that sojourn in the first place.
Yarn have never been content to simply ride a wave and see where it takes them. Their last album, This Is the Year, was celebratory in tone and boldly optimistic. A seamless blend of vibrant, inspired, back porch melodies and narrative, descriptive lyrics, it detailed the challenges one faces when life is jolted off its bearings and, in reevaluating relationships, tough choices
must be made that sometimes skirting the rules. It was recorded in the aftermath of real life challenges that left the band splintered and unsure of their forward trajectory.
We were dealing with real life issues, Christiana said at the time. Broken relationships, a sense of having to regroup and put some things and people behind us. Thats what I was writing about lyrically in the new songs and it became kind of a catharsis. Nothing was contrived. We didnt have to relate to it in the third person. We were living these circumstances,
and that gave us the impetus and inspiration to share our sentiments. Ultimately those setbacks and difficulties led to new opportunities and allowed a little light to shine through.
Yarns ability to persevere ought to come as no great surprise, especially for a band that spent two years honing their chops during a Monday night residency at the famed Kennys Castaway in New Yorks Greenwich Village. In effect, it allowed them to rehearse onstage, mostly in front of audiences that often ranged in size from five to a hundred people on any given night. Five
studio albums followed Yarn (2007), Empty Pockets (2008), Come On In (2010), Almost Home (2012) and Shine the Light On (2013). The band then took to the road, playing upwards of 170 shows a year and sharing stages with such superstars as Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Daniels, Marty Stuart, Allison Krauss, Leon Russell, Jim Lauderdale and The Lumineers. They performed at any number of prestigious venues Mountain Stage, Daytrotter, the Orange Peel in Asheville, the Fox Theater in Boulder, the 9:30 Club in D.C, South by Southwest, the Strawberry Festival, Rhythm and Roots, Meadowgrass, Floydfest and more, eventually surpassing 1,000 shows, half a million miles and performances in nearly every state. Theyve driven nonstop, made countless radio station appearances, driven broken-down RVs and watched as their van caught fire. Theyve paid their dues and then some, looking forward even as they were forced to glance behind.
Indeed, the accolades piled up quickly along the way. They have landed on the Grammy ballot 4 times, garnered nods from the Americana Music Association, placed top five on both Radio and Records and the AMA album charts, garnered airplay on Sirius FM, iTunes, Pandora, CNN, and CMT, and also accorded the Download of the Day from Rolling Stone. Shine the Light On found shared song writing credits with John Oates (the Oates of Hall & Oates fame), and when audiences expressed their admiration, it brought the band a populist following of diehard devotees, popularly known as the Yarmy.
As odd as that might seem, its proof positive that the Brooklyn and Raleigh based band which is currently comprised of Blake Christiana, Rod Hohl, bassist Rick Bugel, and drummer Robert Bonhomme have made their mark, and in dealing with their emotions, scars and circumstances, they find themselves in a position to share those experiences with others who have juggled similar sentiments.
Then again, one neednt take them at their word. When one unravels Yarn, its best to add ones own interpretations.
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+ PLYWOOD COWBOY
Formed in 2015 in the Connecticut River Valley, Plywood Cowboy is poised to rewrite the American Songbook. "With great harmonies, clever songs & tasty guitar pickin', Plywood Cowboy is one of the best new bands on the Americana scene." (Chris Bergson, NY Blues Hall of Fame Inductee) Their heart-born songs interweave the rich heritage of earthen, country roots and the poignancy of singer-songwriter traditions. Bottle-fed on roots music, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Steve Dedman and his band strike deep at the soul of American music with songs about hound dogs, heart strings, and the vice of the bottle.
Plywood Cowboys newest digital single, Stray, was recorded at Riverway Studio in East Haddam, CT with producer and Grammy-nominated composer Ira Sakolsky. This September 2017 single release marks the band's first release since their 2016 debut EP "Channel 33". Stray tells the story of a love that was led astray and the guilt and forgiveness that ensues. The haunting violin, ethereal male-female harmonies, and delicate, soulful guitars lend a contemplative tone to the tale of regret and redemption. The character-driven song is in keeping with Channel 33 which paints a story with each song in the EP. Channel 33 has been called "a gorgeously assured collection of songs (The Shoreline Times), a seriously hooky debut EP (The Day), and steeped in tradition, with lyrics full of longing, truth and heart (Sound Waves Magazine).
On the heels of hugely successful release concert at The Kate, the band continues to expand across the state and region and is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after bands from Connecticut. Theyve taken the stage at venues such as The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate), Bridge Street Live, Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, Black Eyed Sallys, Meriden Daffodil Festival, Portland Music Festival, The Days Live Lunch Break, Lyric Hall, Middletown Music Festival, Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival, and a performance alongside Poet Laureate Billy Collins at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. Taking his songs to the road, Dedman has performed at The Falcon Underground (NY), Pucketts (TN), The Acoustic Coffeehouse (TN), Floyd Country Store (VA), Monadnock Pumpkin Festival (NH), and has been a finalist in Infinity Halls Big Stage Open Mic Competition.
The bands lineup features Austin Gray (guitar, vocals), Ed Iarusso (pedal steel), Emmet Hale (percussion), Kat Wallace (violin, vocals), Shane Tanner (bass), and Steve Dedman (keyboard, guitar, lead vocals). Cowboys of the airwaves, no one in the band owns any cows. Not as of yet, at least. Steve learned to play guitar from his father, David, and family friend John Hanus, who would pick guitars and sing their favorite country songs over their CB radios, and take the time on Sundays to teach Steve how to pick in country-western style. From Kris Kristopherson to Lefty Frizzell, John and David taught a young Steve true American music. Few knew John by his real name, but many knew him by his CB handle, "Plywood Cowboy, a reference to his day job hauling lumber around the northeast. Though both CB'ers have left the airwaves, it is through the band's music that their influences will forever be heard.
Pacific Standard Tavern (View)
212 Crown Street
New Haven, CT 06510