Underhill Rose and Yarn kicked off the night in October with an Asheville Hootenanny. A slow start to a Wednesday night, Underhill Rose, a trio of sexy sirens played their slow and waltzy tunes to a small crowd which almost doubled in size after their third song. The ticket buyers included old, young, new and fresh as well as the small West Asheville crowd that comes out when the local beer starts to flow. The three women straight out of Asheville, NC were no stranger to the small, adoring stage which held their sweet, authentically young attire. The men were mesmerized, the women, intrigued at their talent, they played a Tracy Chapman and Gillian Welch cover but kept it original with their own original prolific lyrics and unique fusion of heartfelt country-soul tunes. These young women include Eleanor Underhill on banjo, Molly Rose on guitar and their newest member Sally Williamson on stand up bass.
If you love bluegrass- Americana as well as jam bands, Yarn is the perfect mixture of all. With hard personal ballots with obvious tones of country, they mix in their talents by jamming with their own turn of individual notes. The mandolin is reminiscent of a Gibson, Les Paul but with only 5 strings. This mandolin is the only, I (personally) have seen of its kind. They mesh the guitar, acoustic and mandolin so well, that if you are not paying a close eye, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the three. Yarn is most definitely a monster of bluegrass and modern jambands. All 5 members are not only easy to gander at, but talented.
Their tight- knit family of followers known as “The Yarmy” began in Brooklyn in 2007. Yarn seems to make roots music idioms into a fresh, new sound that can turn on anyone with a decent ear for good music. Their technically impressive song crafting tells tales of the roads of life, which we all know. Yarn is unraveling the American dream.
The night came to a close with a full stage of musicians including the Underhill girls singing to the tunes of Yarn cover Gillian Welch’s “Look at Miss Ohio”. It was one fresh, impressive night of music. If you haven’t listened to Yarn yet, then you will most definitely be sorry if you don’t. Check them out at their website and their tour which is happening now.