Yonder Mountain String Band
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Yonder Mountain String Band
Yonder Mountain String Band
Origin Nederland, Colorado, United States
Genres Progressive bluegrass, country, jam band
1998 – present
Labels Frog Pad
SCI Fidelity
Website www.yondermountain.com
Members Dave Johnston
Ben Kaufmann
Adam Aijala
Allie Kral
Jacob Joliff
Jeff Austin

The Yonder Mountain String Band is an American progressive bluegrass group from Nederland, Colorado. Composed of Dave Johnston, Ben Kaufmann, Adam Aijala, Allie Kral, and Jacob Joliff, the band has released five studio albums and several live recordings to date.


Having met in Urbana, Illinois, banjo player Dave Johnston requested Jeff Austin to join and sing in his band The Bluegrassholes. Austin, who played no instrument, revealed to Johnston that he owned a mandolin, who then told him to come to the performance and "play anything, just play fast and loud."[1]

After the collapse of The Bluegrassholes, Johnston moved to Boulder, Colorado, in order to further his bluegrass musical skills. Similarly, Austin moved to Colorado, but instead took up residence in the mountain town of Nederland. Johnston soon joined him there.[2] It was during this time in Nederland that Johnston and Austin met bassist Ben Kaufmann and guitarist Adam Aijala at a local club named the Verve.[2] In December 1998, the four musicians formed Yonder Mountain String Band which was to open for a band at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. The band developed both a bluegrass and jam band fan base, and can often be found on tour. Their debut album Elevation was released on Frog Pad Records, an independent record label run by the band, in the fall of 1999.

From 1999 to 2001 they performed as one of the many attractions at NedFest,[3] a music festival held in the band's hometown. By 2000, the group was also playing larger venues, such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, California. In 2005, their recording of "Think for Yourself" was included on the album This Bird Has Flown - A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul.

In 2008, the band performed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

In 2010, it was revealed that Yonder Mountain would host a music festival at Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas called Yonder Mountain's Harvest Festival. This is the same site where the larger Wakarusa festival is held and where the previous Mulberry Mountain Harvest Fest was held. In 2011, the festival's headliners included Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, the Simcha Aknin Band, Railroad Earth and the Emmitt-Nershi Band.[4]

In April 2014, Austin left the band due to "creative differences and conflicting career goals".[5] After touring with the band since Austin's departure, fiddle player Allie Kral and mandolin player Jake Joliff became official members of Yonder Mountain String Band in May 2015.[6]

In 2016, the band scheduled their "New Years Eve Run" for Boulder, Colorado on December 30th and December 31st at the Boulder Theatre. [7][8]


Ben Kaufmann at DelFest, 2010
Adam Aijala at DelFest, 2010
Ben Kaufmann, left, and Jeff Austin at Soundstage in Baltimore, 2012.

Ben Kaufmann - bass, vocals

Dave Johnston - banjo, vocals

Adam Aijala - guitar, vocals

Allie Kral - fiddle, vocals

Jake Joliff - mandolin, vocals

Former members

Jeff Austin - mandolin, vocals (1998-2014)

  • Jeff Austin picked up the mandolin only a few years before forming YMSB. He will often break into a freeform scat during a song.


Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Grass US Country US Heat US Indie
Elevation -- -- -- --
Mountain Tracks: Volume 1
  • Release date: November 30, 2000
  • Label: Frog Pad Records
-- -- -- --
Town by Town
  • Release date: September 7, 2001
  • Label: Frog Pad Records
-- -- -- --
Mountain Tracks: Volume 2
  • Release date: August 20, 2002
  • Label: Frog Pad Records
11 -- -- --
Old Hands
  • Release date: June 17, 2003
  • Label: Frog Pad Records
5 54 -- --
Mountain Tracks: Volume 3
  • Release date: September 14, 2004
  • Label: Frog Pad Records
2 67 -- --
Mountain Tracks: Volume 4
  • Release date: February 7, 2006
  • Label: Frog Pad Records
3 63 -- --
Yonder Mountain String Band 1 57 39 43
Mountain Tracks: Volume 5
  • Release date: April 15, 2008
  • Label: Frog Pad Records
1 60 -- --
The Show
  • Release date: August 31, 2009
  • Label: Frog Pad Records
1 -- 19 --
Black Sheep
  • Release date: June 16, 2015
  • Label: Frog Pad Records
3 -- -- --
Love. Ain't Love
  • Release date: June 23, 2017
  • Label: Frog Pad Records
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Frog Pad Records

Frog Pad Records is an independent record label run by the Yonder Mountain String Band.[9] Used as a platform to launch their CDs, the label has since released numerous albums, as well as an anthology and some duet work by Jeff Austin and Chris Castino.[10]


  1. ^ Yonder Mountain Enterprises (2001). "Yonder Mountain String Band; Biography of Jeff Austin". Yonder Mountain Enterprises. Archived from the original on 2006-11-11. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. Biography for Yonder Mountain String Band at AllMusic. Retrieved 2006-11-28.
  3. ^ NedFest (2006). "NedFest; Nederland Music and Arts Festival". NedFest. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ HeadStash (2011). "Harvest Fest 2011". HeadStash. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ http://www.jambands.com/news/2014/04/23/jeff-austin-leaving-yonder-mountain-string-band/
  6. ^ http://www.yondermountain.com
  7. ^ https://events.applauze.com/events/3200123
  8. ^ https://events.applauze.com/events/3200124
  9. ^ "Frog Pad Records" (shtml). Frog Pad Records. 2003. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Frog Pad Records Catalog" (shtml). Frog Pad Records. 2003. Retrieved . 

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