Finnders & Youngberg
Rogers Hall, 4th and High Street, Lyons CO
8pm showtime, doors 7pm
"Rarely has one singer songwriter caused such a stir,” writes Marquee Magazine of Lyons’Danny Shafer. With over 200 shows a year, Shafer brings his acclaimed songwriting and fingerstyle guitar to every setting, energizing and inspiring his audiences in every show. He comes to High Street Concerts with his forth solo recording, Wherever You Are, on Tolstar Records.
The songs on this cd give the listener an inside view of the people who make this country tick on a day to day basis. "Lyrics like 'Now there’s a working
man, he’s out on the street, and I hope he starts that car / There’s women I’ve loved with all my heart and I don’t
know where they are' twinge with Neil Young-inspired sentimentality, and others feel like the kind of poetic
ruminations that would blossom and fade during a bus ride through open pastureland.” — The Boulder Weekly. "There are many positive things to say about his voice and songwriting — Shafer can stand solid next to folks like John Prine and Greg Brown. It’s great music of the people, by the people, and for the people. Nuff said." — The Denver Post
Finnders & Youngberg proudly swim in the deep currents of American music—classic bluegrass, tried-and-true honky tonk, country swing and skillfully spun folk tales. While their sound evokes timelessness, it is a decidedly contemporary, well-traveled 21st century sensibility that informs their songwriting. Their tunes draw on the bumps, bruises and laugh lines earned when we find ourselves in the “bogs” of backroads, dive bars, and long, lonesome nights.
In this stream, a vibrant cast of characters populates their latest album, “I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry”—smitten lovers, shamed philanderers, dejected diner waitresses, and enthused rug-cutters. The album, freshly released in September of 2013, has already garnered some impressive reviews. No Depression muses, “I wouldn’t be surprised if this group takes off and becomes one of the new staples of the genre.”
Musicians with a palpable sense of place, the members of Finnders & Youngberg have all laid strong foundations as veterans of the vibrant Colorado Front Range acoustic music scene. Two-time MerleFest songwriting competition winner in both the gospel and bluegrass categories, Iowa native Mike Finders possesses an arresting and emotive stage presence. The principal songwriter and guitarist for F&Y, his finely-honed storytelling forms the bulk of the band’s cannon.
Erin Youngberg (“E”) provides a muscley bass and beautiful, worldwise vocals, while husband Aaron Youngberg (“AA”) plays a mean banjo and seductive pedal steel. Both were founding members of the Hit & Run Bluegrass Band, which won the RockyGrass band competition in 2002 and Telluride in 2003. AA also is proud owner and chief engineer at Swingfingers Recording Studio in Fort Collins, while E has performed and recorded with Uncle Earl. The group is rounded out by Rich Zimmerman on mandolin and Ryan Drickey on fiddle. Zimmerman was a founder of the innovative acoustic Boulder band Slipstream. Meanwhile Drickey’s chameleonic fiddling has earned him a RockyGrass fiddle competition win and marked him as a much sought after session player.
Marked by an intimacy with the audience, their performances feature precision picking, soaring harmonies and joyful, energetic choreography centered around an old-school single microphone setup. The emotional richness of their music resonates throughout their stage show. Heartbreakers slip in between anthemic glass raisers. Driving tales of working men and women shimmy alongside wry, humorous numbers. Quick-witted stage banter keeps folks laughing. Tightly wound instrumental breakdowns keep dancers on their toes.
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