This past Thursday night, Brooklyn-based band Yarn brought their brand of Alt-Country/Americana
music, for the second time, to Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo, NY. Yarn is currently touring in support
of their latest release, “Almost Home.” The show comprised of two sets, and throughout, the band showed off their wide array talents.
Singer/Songwriter Blake Christiana sang heartfelt songs about bad
relationships, cheap whiskey, and the occasional white powder. Phenomenal lead guitarist Rod Hohl
showed off his great harmonies with Blake, and some outstanding leads, as well as at times having a great steel sound to his guitar throughout the night. Their mandolin player, Andrew Hendryx, was by far the most proficient mandolinist I’ve ever seen, at times honestly sounding more like Jimi, bringing some
amazing leads out during the night and adding a perfect touch of bluegrass. Rhythm section, Rick Bugel on Upright Bass and Rob Bonhomme on Drums round out the rest of this amazing band. During the night we heard great songs like Tennessee, Bad Bad Man, and Fussin’ and Fightin’, a song about singing Jim Croce that I was humming to sleep. The hightlight of the night for me was the song Abilene, which included a killer “Dazed and Confused” jam section in the middle. If you have never seen Yarn perform live, I highly suggest you do so, while you can still see them in a semi-intimate setting. This band is sure to blow up soon! Sportsmen’s Tavern is a great bar and venue for live country and blues music, every single night (13 shows per week,) in the Black Rock section of Buffalo, NY.