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Yarn releases "Traveling Kind"

originally published: 06/25/2024

Yarn releases "Traveling Kind"

Photo by Bob Ademek

(NASHVILLE, TN) -- Roots rockers Yarn bust out the Hammond organ and pedal steel on their new single, "Traveling Kind" The alt-country anthem, which they praise for its "JJ Cale meets Roger Miller" feel, celebrates the joys of the open road and an itinerant lifestyle, set against a musical backdrop of wailing pedal steel, swelling Hammond organ, honky-tonk piano and soaring vocal harmonies.

Frontman Blake Christiana captures his wanderlust with the lyrics, “Like a junkie needs a fix, I’m headed out / And I never get lost / No, I always get found." The single will be available on all streaming services on Friday, June 28; pre-save it HERE.

The inspiration for the song came about during the pandemic shutdown. With the world in limbo, Christiana booked two months of house concerts and set out cross-country with his wife, performing in people's houses and backyards.

"It was 100 percent nomadic and it was badass," Christiana recalls. "It was when all the major cities' downtowns were boarded up from the George Floyd protests. It was a wild time in America and we saw it all. Even Rodeo Dr. was boarded up. Folks, If ya get a chance, hit the road; it gets in your blood and you’ll never wanna stop.”

Born, Blessed, Grateful, & Alive, out July 26 via Symphonic Distribution, is Yarn's first studio album eight years and a fine return to form. Along with producer Damian Calcagne, the album brought together Yarn’s rhythm section, Robert Bonhomme and Rick Bugel, along with Mike Robinson and Johnny Grubb (Railroad Earth), Andy Falco (Infamous Stringdusters), Mike Sivilli (Dangermuffin), Heather Hannah, and Elliott Peck (Midnight North).

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The songs on Born, Blessed, Grateful & Alive reflect the range of human experience. There’s the laconic country ballad, “I Want You.” A road song, “Nomad Man,” glitters with ringing finger-picking and soaring steel runs as it evokes the loneliness and solitude of the moving from one place to another, while the soulful “These Words Alone,” with its driving Hammond B3 organ and gospel-inflected harmonies, sonically resembles Van Morrison’s later songs. The rollicking steel guitar on “Down at the Dancehall” introduces a twangy rambler that would be at home on any album by the Flying Burrito Brothers.

“No one has any idea why we're here, what we're supposed to be doing here or what comes next, and there are very few things in this life to connect us to one another, other than the fact that we all don't know these things,” he says. "I like to think our music could be one of the places where we can connect.”


FR & SA, JUL 19 & 20 Erwin, TN - Yarn Camp on The Banks of The Nolichucky

TU, JUL 23 Emerald Isle, NC - Gaffer's 

WE, JUL 24 Emerald Isle, NC - Gaffer's 

TH, JUL 25 Charleston, SC - Pour House

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FR, JUL 26 Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater CD release show

SA, JUL 27 Charlotte, NC - Whitewater Center

FR, AUG 2 Charlottesville, VA - Ting Pavilion

SA AUG 3 Greensboro, NC - Natty Green's

SU, AUG 4 Asheville, NC - AVL Fest

TH, AUG 15 Decatur, GA - Eddies Attic

FR, AUG 16 Nashville, TN - Basement East

SA AUG 17 Loudon, TN - Windy Hill Farm

FR AUG 30 Charlestown, RI - Rhythm & Roots Festival 

SA AUG 31 New London, CT - Captain Scott's Lobster Dock

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SU SEP 1 Frenchtown, NJ - Concert Series

FR SEP 6 Thomas, WV - the Purple Fiddle

SA SEP 7 Thomas, WV - the Purple Fiddle

SA OCT 26 Troy, VA - The Yarnival 2024

—Northeast dates to be announced soon



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