In an era where it seems like just about every other day another great jamband decides to scale back, break up, or go on the dreaded hiatus, it’s refreshing to hear that Yonder Mountain String Band has no plans whatsoever of slowing down.
In fact, quite the contrary, this weekend kicks off the band’s second annual Harvest Festival, followed by a 20-date fall tour, and capped off with a sure-to-be-epic five night stand at the tiny Boulder Theater over New Years. Meanwhile, the band recently sold out the 9,000-capacity Red Rocks and has a studio album in the works slated for release some time next year.
[Photo by Tobin Voggesser]
We caught up with guitarist and songwriter Adam Aijala from the tour bus somewhere in between Colorado and the Ozarks to chat about this weekends festivities, the progress of the album and the State of the YMSB Union.
Hidden Track: Lots of good stuff to talk about with the band these days; I thought we could start with the Harvest Festival, since that is right around the corner. When playing a festival under your own banner so-to-speak, how does that differ as opposed to playing one where you’re one of many bands on a bill that somebody else curated?
Adam Aijala: It’s definitely cool. We’re really lucky to do what we do, and to be able to headline a festival like the one up in Oregon, the Northwest String Summit where we just had our 10th anniversary this year, or this, our second annual Harvest Fest. It’s pretty awesome. I mean shit, being traveling musicians, one of the logistical bonuses of it is just sitting in one place for multiple days is always nice.
You get to see a bunch of your musician friends and friends and family that might attend. Also, playing both of those locations, the String Summit and Harvest Fest, both of those places are really beautiful. I know that sounds like a cookie cutter response, but it’s the truth. We’re lucky as hell to do it and it’s great.