Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Fountain House Preview
BLAIRSTOWN ? Brooklyn might seem like an odd place of origin for a country rock band to hail from. But that is exactly where one of the country's fastest rising groups calls home. On the verge of taking the United States by storm, Yarn is first ready to take Northwest Jersey by storm as it headlines Blairstown based HomeGrownRadioNJ's 6th anniversary Harvest Fest on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Sponsored by Hoboken Eddie's BBQ Sauces, the group's month-long fundraising celebration concludes with the Harvest Fest at the Fountain House on Route 94 in Fredon. Yarn headlines, but there will be plenty more music with Citizens Band Radio, Stoney River Boys, Mystery Train and other outstanding acts throughout the day and into the event. The show starts at 2 p.m. and continues well until the night! Attendees must be 21 to enter. Tickets are just $10 per person for a full day (and evening) of entertainment.
To Yarn's frontman, Blake Christiana, the perennial home of cold concrete, hipsters and industrial ruins is the perfect place for an Americana/Alt-Country band to hone its work.
Yarn has received quite a bit of buzz in the Americana world as a result of the band's first two recordings as well as strong performances at clubs and festivals. Their self-titled debut record reached No. 14 on the AMA and R&R Radio Charts, and ranked No. 79 on the AMA's Top 100 Albums of 2007. Yarn's 2008 follow-up, Empty Pockets, which features guest appearances by Edie Brickell, Tony Trischka, Casey Dreissen and Caitlin Cary of Whiskeytown, spent months in the AMA charts. The album peaked at No. 5 and was honored with eight first round 2009 Grammy nominations in several categories.
Yarn weaves roots music idioms into a fresh sound that turns on hipsters and fans of country music alike with technically impressive song-crafting and universal tales from the road of life.
The band's newest release, Come On In, peaked at No. 7 on AMA Radio this summer and four months later remains on the charts.
"Life was going on," said Christina of his inspiration for the songs on Come On In. "A couple relationships went sour, lots of time on the road. I just love those dramatic moments in life, when change is upon us and everything is uncertain."
The record is not all heartbreak and drama though. "New York City Found" takes an upbeat look at navigating the vast cityscape of NYC that feels as exciting as it is intimidating. "Yodelay" nods to overcoming childhood fears, and "I Gotta Go" is a celebration of self-realization and moving on.
In August, Yarn was one of the major highlights of the Skylands Music & Arts Festival in Blairstown.
Hunterdon County based Citizens Band Radio offers its special blend of country and rock, as well, to the show. Not only do they mix rock and country, but add elements of bluegrass, blues, folk and Americana.
HomeGrownRadioNJ burst onto the scene six years ago on Oct. 30 and has been a music force in the area ever since, with annual festivals and other major events throughout New Jersey.
From the start, HomeGrownRadioNj has been a steadfast champion for the independent artist throughout New Jersey and beyond. Its continuing commitment to spreading the music so few get to hear has earned them a spot in the hearts and minds of musicians and music fans throughout the area. In-studio concerts and special events are the norm for those familiar with the station and the bi annual benefit shows have become an entrenched entity in the region.
For more about HomeGrownRadioNJ and the Oct. 30 show, visit homegrownradionj.com.