It's almost been 16 years since Colorado act Yonder Mountain String Band first got its start, but it feels like it's been America's most loved bluegrass act for so much longer. Though its genre isn't mainstream, YMSB has fans from pretty much every walk of life. It is as beloved in the Americana circles as it is by jam-band-loving hippies. All of them flock in droves to festivals to dance until they can't dance anymore to the band's driving, energetic, passionate music.
"Our fans are as voracious and musically diverse as our influences," says singer Dave Johnston. "I think that a lot of YMSB fans recognize themselves in how we do things and play. It's a wonderful feeling of community; it's a huge part of our success."