Yonder Mountain String Band's Jeff Austin and Dave Johnston on being inspired by Colorado

If any band typifies the Colorado approach to contemporary bluegrass, it's Yonder Mountain String Band. The quartet built up its chops playing in venues in Boulder, Nederland and beyond in the late 1990s, and its fusion of traditional instrumentation and progressive musical structures resonated with local crowds. The quartet has spent the past year playing sold-out shows in venues across the country and appeared on The Late Show With Craig Ferguson. Despite the national exposure, the guys still consider the group a Colorado act playing Colorado bluegrass, even if they can't describe the exact characteristics of their sound. Backbeat caught up with banjo/vocalist Dave Johnston and mandolin player/vocalist Jeff Austin to talk about their next record and their upcoming four-night stint at the Boulder Theatre for New Year's Eve.

See also: - Slide show: Yonder Mountain String Band at Red Rocks - Todd Snider on how he thinks of acoustic guitars and mandolins when he thinks of Colorado - Photos: Yonder Mountain String Band at Red Rocks, 8/20/11

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