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Published: 2011/12/23
by Glenn H Roth

Yarn Spins Ahead

Where do you guys see yourself in the jamband scene?

I love the jamband fan base. I would love for them to fully embrace us. I love the loyalty, I love the counter culture aspect of it. I think the term jamband has expanded a bit over the years, and we like to think we fit in there, at least a little bit.

Currently the band is playing small festivals and clubs, how’s the fan reaction been?

What’s great about the festivals, is that you are reaching a lot of unfamiliar people all at once, and the reaction has been amazing. A great example of a small festival embracing us, is The French Broad River Fest in Hot Springs, NC. We played there in the spring and the fall fest this year, and the crowd was incredible. Floydfest was another festival where the crowd just got it. As for the clubs, it’s a slower build, but so far so good, the love is growing.

How hard of a struggle has it been to build a following?

This is a hard business, being a musician on the road is just a struggle period Perseverance is the key. Some towns develop very quickly, others take more time than you think you can give them. Raleigh is an example of a town that caught on quick, Charlotte is an example of a town that took a while. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason as far as I can tell. Denver and Colorado Springs are two other towns that appear to be catching on quick, with other towns, like Philly and Albany, which we are still waiting to have pop.

Your shows are packed in Carolina, why do you believe there’s such a warm reception there?

Both Carolina and Virginia have been very good to us. It seems like we made friends quickly there. If I knew why or how it happened, I would make it happen everywhere. Does anyone know why this is? If so, please give us a call or send us an email.

Have you guys been able to make money solely on this venture? Or do you guys have other jobs?

At the moment, half of us are just doing this. We make other sacrifices to make it possible. We are living day-to-day at this point. Luckily, it is getting better. Andrew and Rod pick up gigs in the city when we are home and Bobby manages a restaurant in the city when our tour schedule permits. We’ve been very lucky.

A friend of mine told me, you guys put up flyers looking for money to help front a new album. When do you hope to get back in the studio and record?

We actually just jumped on the Kickstarter bandwagon. The record is actually just about done being recording. The money being raised is for the release, mastering, manufacturing, publicist, radio promo, and new merchandise – all the good expensive stuff that goes along with making a record. We are actually printing this recording on Vinyl. We even wrote a song to help get people motivated to donate, and every donation gets rewarded with something.

Do you feel bigger festivals are in your future?

We are getting invited to more and more festivals, it has grown each year, and we believe it is going to continue to grow. Strawberry Music Festival in California just recently invited us to play next spring. Right now we are on the bill with Alison Krauss and Union Station and Trampled By Turtles. The list will continue to grow, but that is some pretty good company already.

I know one of your dreams is to play Austin City Limits, can you elaborate? And are their other venues on your wish list?

My dad always said, ‘make goals for yourself son.’ The PBS show, Austin City Limits is my current goal, I’ve been watching that show for years and love it. I feel like it is somewhat attainable at this point, I guess we shall see. Other venues on my wish list are SPAC, Red Rocks, Ryman Auditorium and the Beacon Theater.

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There are 12 comments associated with this post

Conway Twizzle December 23, 2011, 17:22:49

Mr. Roth, nice job! I’ve seen Yarn a bunch of times live, they bring
the goods. Blake has a great voice and writes quality melody. But they are an oddity in the sense that are popular down South but get lost on their local Brooklyn scene. I think these guys would benefit from a relocation.

Anthony December 24, 2011, 09:15:03

did someone say relocate? We have plenty of room for them here in colorado. Great article, great band, SUPPORT YARN

Mega Yarn Fan December 24, 2011, 10:44:25

Great article! Check out Yarn’s live shows at: www.archive.org/details/YarnMusic. As the article implies, the Raleigh shows are a good sampling of what’s in store for you at a Yarn show! Go see YARN! :)

Tous December 24, 2011, 15:09:14

Simply put…the best band in the land.

lynn henderson January 9, 2012, 12:28:07

I LOVE YARN!!!! I have been following them since 2007, promoting them on our local radio station, and to all my friends. I got my son and his friends on board as well. (It’s pretty wierd to be at the same concerts!). Blake is awesome, the songs are great, and the sound is fabulous!

Lou January 9, 2012, 17:37:33

I saw them in Chicago and wished they played here more! I am wearing out their cd’s and can’t wait for the new one! Hope they come through Chicago again in the spring or else its gonna be road trip time!

Jessica January 10, 2012, 08:59:12

Yarn is my favorite band. Lyrics, music, energy… all amazing! LOVE these guys!

TOMC January 17, 2012, 08:22:24

THESE GUYS ARE FANTASTIC-RECOMMEND THEM TO ALL MY HOBO/DEAD HEAD FRIENDS-CATCH THEM NOW WHILE STILL PLAYING SMALL VENUES AS THEIR TIME IS COMING AND DESERVEDLY SO.PS-NEED SOME NORTH JERSEY SHOWS SOON-SAY BLAIRSTOWN THEATER AGAIN!!!

Reckless January 17, 2012, 10:51:24

Great article Glenn. Yarn is indeed the best American band playing right now. Skipped Ryan Adams to catch them last month. Join us at 5guitars.org for more info and links to free downloads. YAAAAAAAARN!

Justin February 11, 2012, 17:33:31

SRV panyilg Voodoo Child.Coliseum Houston Texas 1989. He was sober that night and was really tight with the band.

Salman February 14, 2012, 02:43:05

My man!These are great adcneotes. Some of them certainly rings some bells.Cheers,Reynold Pereira

Luthra February 14, 2012, 03:36:23

Fuck yeah. Playing Rock Band that first day was awmeose, and it was the party game of choice for a long time. Makes me sad that local multiplayer is basically a thing of the past online multiplayer is just not the same.

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