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You might expect a band that calls itself Yarn to, naturally, tend to spin a yarn or two.

“that’s what we do, we tell stories, live and in the studio, truth and fiction”

singer/songwriter Blake Christiana insists. “We don’t always opt for consistency. There’s

a different vibe onstage from what comes through in our recordings. There’s a difference

in every show as well, you never know what you’re going to get.”

It was with that in mind that Yarn released a series of singles that were digitally released

on the 13th of every month beginning in January 2018 and continuing throughout the

year. Each “single” included an “A side”, a “B side” and an exclusive alternate version of

one of the songs. Naturally, there’s no better name for the project than “Lucky 13.” 24 of

those tracks are now available on the albums, Lucky 13 Vol. 1 and Lucky 13 Vol. 2, just

released on June 13, 2019.

“These are essentially road stories,” Christiana says. “There’s an overriding theme that

links these songs in a very broad sort of way, but again, the stories are not to be taken

literally. The intention was to share the feeling of what it’s like to spend time travelling

from city to city, with all the unlikely experiences that can be encountered along the way.

“People always ask us to tell them road stories,” singer guitarist Rod Hohl adds. “While

this batch of songs aren’t exactly literal road stories, most deal with some degree of

adventure and adversity as inspired by our tours and treks around the country. Yet like

any good story, there’s an imaginative element to it as well. That’s why we’ve decided to

release alternate versions of some of the tracks, to provide a glance at the oddities that

exist just beyond sight...”

The titles of these tracks summarize the stories at a glance. Hohl describes “Sioux City,”

“Road Less Traveled” and “Hurricane” as adventure stories as seen from the perspective

of the road. “Too Young” re-imagines that road as an analogy, the highway of life.

“Weary,” as title implies, describes the toll taken by that seemingly endless journey.

However, there’s also hope on the horizon; “Heaven in You” suggests that there is an

oasis out there somewhere. “Promised Land” and “American Dream” offer reason why

one might choose to embark upon that sojourn in the first place.

Yarn have never been content to simply ride a wave and see where it takes them. Their

last album, This Is the Year, was celebratory in tone and boldly optimistic. A seamless

blend of vibrant, inspired, back porch melodies and narrative, descriptive lyrics, it

detailed the challenges one faces when life is jolted off its bearings and, in reevaluating

relationships, tough choices must be made that sometimes skirting the rules. It was

recorded in the aftermath of real life challenges that left the band splintered and unsure of

their forward trajectory.

“We were dealing with real life issues,” Christiana said at the time. “Broken

relationships, a sense of having to regroup and put some things -- and people -- behind us.


That’s what I was writing about lyrically in the new songs and it became kind of a catharsis. Nothing was contrived. We didn’t have to relate to it in the third person. We were living these

circumstances, and that gave us the impetus and inspiration to share our sentiments.

Ultimately those setbacks and difficulties led to new opportunities and allowed a little

light to shine through.”

Yarn’s ability to persevere ought to come as no great surprise, especially for a band that

spent two years honing their chops during a Monday night residency at the famed

Kenny’s Castaway in New York’s Greenwich Village. In effect, it allowed them to

rehearse onstage, mostly in front of audiences that often ranged in size from five to a

hundred people on any given night. Five studio albums followed -- Yarn (2007), Empty

Pockets (2008), Come On In (2010), Almost Home (2012) and Shine the Light On (2013).

The band then took to the road, playing upwards of 170 shows a year and sharing stages

with such superstars as Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Daniels, Marty Stuart, Allison Krauss,

Leon Russell, Jim Lauderdale and The Lumineers. They performed at any number of

prestigious venues -- Mountain Stage, Daytrotter, the Orange Peel in Asheville, the Fox

Theater in Boulder, the 9:30 Club in D.C, South by Southwest, the Strawberry Festival,

Rhythm and Roots, Meadowgrass, Floydfest and more, eventually surpassing 1,000

shows, half a million miles and performances in nearly every state. They’ve driven

nonstop, made countless radio station appearances, driven broken-down RVs and

watched as their van caught fire. They’ve paid their dues and then some, looking forward

even as they were forced to glance behind.

Indeed, the accolades piled up quickly along the way. They have landed on the Grammy

ballot 4 times, garnered nods from the Americana Music Association, placed top five on

both Radio and Records and the AMA album charts, garnered airplay on Sirius FM,

iTunes, Pandora, CNN, and CMT, and also accorded the “Download of the Day” from

Rolling Stone. Shine the Light On found shared song writing credits with John Oates (the

Oates of Hall & Oates fame), and when audiences expressed their admiration, it brought

the band a populist following of diehard devotees, popularly known as “the Yarmy.”

As odd as that might seem, it’s proof positive that the Brooklyn and Raleigh based band -

- which is currently comprised of Blake Christiana, Rod Hohl, bassist Rick Bugel, and

drummer Robert Bonhomme -- have made their mark, and in dealing with their emotions,

scars and circumstances, they find themselves in a position to share those experiences

with others who have juggled similar sentiments.

Then again, one needn’t take them at their word. When one unravels Yarn, it’s best to

add one’s own interpretations.

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Blue Jay Listening Room
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Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250-4066
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2457 3rd Street South
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