Deftly navigating classic Country blues, hard-driving Western swing, toe-tapping Rockabilly, and rueful Appalachia with equal aplomb, acoustic honky-tonk trio Blue Yonder have announced a “Winter Windswept” tour with shows in Asheville, Knoxville, Nashville, Johnson City, Maryville and Charleston. As a special guest at their Isis Music Hall show in Asheville, they'll be joined by drummer Tony Creasman known for his work with Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Waylon Jennings, and Emmylou Harris.
Led by singer/lyricist John Lilly, renown for starring in the Hank Williams production, The Lost Show, which has run annually in Charleston for the past 18 years, Blue Yonder’s original material and kinetic musicianship flashes echoes of Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Willis, Asleep At The Wheel and early 70s Grateful Dead. Rounding out the core trio are two-time national flat-picking champion Robert Shafer and upright bassist Will Carter, who has played with numerous bluegrass and old-time bands, and is the founder of the “Clifftop” festival, an annual global summit of old-time musicians in West Virginia.
Recently appearing on the award-winning public radio show, Mountain Stage for the second time, the band’s sophomore album, Rough and Ready Heart, continues to generate praise and acclaim. No Depression dubbed Ready Heart one of the “Best Roots Music Albums of 2018,” with Bluegrass Unlimited heralding its “Hard-driving Western Swing filled with lots of tasteful steel guitar.” Vince Herman, of Leftover Salmon, reckons, "Blue Yonder is serious West Virginia treasure,” while Larry Groce, producer of Mountain Stage, proclaims, "A mix of virtuoso musicianship and original songwriting Blue Yonder lives where classic country music meets western swing, a honky-tonk beat meets a beautiful ballad, and red hot country jazz guitar licks meet cool blue yodel vocals.”
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