October 28, 2008

Yarn: Empty Pockets

Yarn is in every sense a home-made band, that brings the great wide open to your door-step. Based in Brooklyn and fronted by main songwriter Blake Christiana their album Empty Pockets bridges the gap - if there is one - between bluegrass and more upbeat Americana. Christiana is best known from his electronic jam band Blake & The Family Dog. What started out as a side-project has blossomed into a real band, a quintet that is rooted in alternative country and old school country string band records.

Empty Pockets is filled with guest appearances. To name a few: Caitlin Cary adding vocals and fiddle to 5 Guitars, Edie Brickell on vocals for I'm Down, banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka and Casey Driessen on fiddle. You don't expect this kind of music to come out of NYC. but then again - it's a big city for with room for every kind of music on the planet.

Blake Christiana: vocals, guitar
Trevor MacArthur: vocals, guitar
Andrew Hendryx: mandolin
Rick Bugel: upright bass
Jay Frederick: drums, percussion

Yarn: Empty Pockets

Empty Pockets is a self-released album. Buy it from the band.

  1. Can't Slow Down
  2. I Feel So Low
  3. Empty Pockets
  4. Music's Only Outlaw
  5. More
  6. I'm Down
  7. Ain't That A Sin
  8. Christopher Street
  9. I've Already Won
  10. Lies I've Told
  11. You Don't Love Me Anymore
  12. 5 Guitars
  13. Nuthin' But Time To Give
  14. Roadhouse
  15. Girl On The Side
Live dates:
  • 10/30 Arlene's Grocery, 95 Stanton St., New York, NY
  • 10/31 Garryowen Irish Pub, 126 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, PA
  • 11/11 Fellini's #9, 200 W. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA
  • 11/12 Slim's Downtown, 227 Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC
  • 11/13 Baja Bean, 9 West Beverly St., Staunton, VA
  • 11/15 WDVX Blue Plate Special, 301 S. Gay St., Knoxville, TN
  • 11/16 Cahootenany's, 715 W Walnut, Johnson City, TN
  • 11/17 Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC
  • 11/18 Clementine Cafe, 153 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA
  • 11/14 Crossroads, 78 North Avenue, Garwood, NJ
  • 11/15 Fergie's, 1214 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA
  • 12/04 Arlene's Grocery, 95 Stanton St., New York, NY
  • 12/20 Main Pub, 306 Main St, Manchester, CT
  • 01/08 Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
  • 02/13 Godfrey Daniels, 7 E 4th S, Bethlehem, PA
  • 02/20 Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY

» yarnmusic.net
» myspace.com/brooklynyarn

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