The band’s recently released 2015 album titled Eat The Moon proves that they consistently bring us “a self-assured vision of American music, rooted in tradition, but pointing to new creative directions that make it vital and relevant in today’s modern world…” Eat The Moon is currently a Top 10 Album on the Folk DJ Charts, with album titled track “She Wants to Eat the Moon” climbing within the Top 20. You can also catch Del McCoury spinning the hand picked album on his SiriusXM show Bluegrass Junction.
Colorado’s FY5 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 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 back roads, dive bars and long, lonesome nights.
FY5 is Mike Finders (vocals/guitar), Aaron Youngberg (pedal steel/banjo), Erin Youngberg (bass/vocals), Rich Zimmerman (mandolin), and Ryan Drickey (fiddle), a truly rootsy musical soup, seasoned and thickened for your enjoyment. They have each had success in their own right, but when they joined forces, an American West front-range melting pot of music was born and they continue to forge a path straight through the mountains.
I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry (2013)
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“Red Mountain Pass” at The Gold Hill Inn (June 2015)
“Diner” Live at KSDB (December 2014)
“Nebraska” at Southwest Pickers, Albuquerque, NM (November 3, 2011)
“Connie” at IBMA 2012 (October, 2012)
A Day in the Life of Finnders & Youngberg (recorded at KVNF and Paradise Theater April 2, 2011, Paonia, Colorado)
“Driftwood” at the Fox Theater in Boulder, CO (August 27, 2010)
Eat The Moon, their third release, is one of those albums that begs to be played under a summer sun, cool drink to hand while the day lazes away as their strings and things bob and weave around. - Paul Kerr, Folk Radio UK
On Eat The Moon, all these elements combine in a partnership that recalls a time before roots music became watered down or overly polished. FY5’s synergy of styles carries the traditions of what came before with the frontier elements of the West, giving their music a sense of freedom and adventure that sounds fresh to our ears. If you’re searching for the ensemble that will bridge the gap between the Smokies and the Rockies, between East and West, old and new, this is for you. - Hearth Music
Finnders and Youngberg raise the bar with their new EP I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry. From Erin Youngberg’s heartache fueled vocals on the title track to Ryan Drickey’s gorgeous strings to all the intelligent songwriting, there’s a new level of maturity here. It’s a collaborative effort on all fronts : this band has taken the big leap and is a major player. - Mollie O’Brien
In this day and age when bluegrass music is fighting the pulls of Nashville-sounding radio country on the one side and post-Newgrass indie posturing on the other side, Finnders & Youngberg are quietly (or not so quietly) emerging as a band very confident in their own sound and identity. Their music is grounded very firmly west of the Mississippi in the thriving bluegrass state of Colorado, but with an originality that sets them above the fray of the many other bands to emerge from the Rocky Mountain State these past several years. Mike Finders is a talented songwriter with a keen sense of the drama to be found in everyday people and occurrences around him, and his bandmates are a gifted bunch of pickers to be sure. But what makes this band so damned enjoyable and refreshing is that they fuse great songwriting with great instrumentation without anybody grandstanding or taking the spotlight away from the SONGS! Every well-placed note, every vocal inflection serves the emotional content of the song in the most authentic, effortless and down-to-earth manner possible. It’s sort of Greg-Brown-meets-Hot-Rize without a shred of anybody’s ego stinking up the room. Watching them grin and pick on stage (and they grin a LOT, with Erin Youngberg’s smile being the diamond of the bunch), you get the feeling like you’re hanging out in the clubhouse with the cool kids, and their record collection suddenly makes yours seem pretty lame.-Kevin Brown, Director of Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival
. . . The second release is an EP from Ft. Collins Colorado Country and Roots music-smiths Finnders and Youngberg titled I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry – a great listen that not only reminds me of my native Rocky Mountains but forges into some newgrass territory with folk, bluegrass and classic country influences. [sic] Erin Youngberg’s vocal stylings are by far one of my favorite aspects of this group, as soothing as sweet cream over hot cornbread at times and haunting at others. The groups time honored sound has a great modern twist to it that would appeal to a broader audience than say something comparable to straight forward bluegrass and classic country- and they do what they do very well. I wouldn’t be surprised if this group takes off and becomes one of the new staples of the genre. -Mathew DeRiso, No Depression 8/30/13
“This group will have appeal to people that enjoy a mix of styles tossed into their bluegrass salad. FY5 is casting a wide net with this release, and it’s got plenty of good picking and singing to go with the gritty songs Finnders and his gang have assembled here.” - David Thom, Bluegrass Today
“A quintet hailing from Fort Collins, CO, Finnders & Youngberg is making a name for itself in a thriving roots music community with a heady mix of largely original bluegrass, country and old-timey music. This, the group’s second album, ought to give it a leg up on the competition if good writing, solid picking, inspired vocalizing and a near-palpable enthusiasm for its music count for anything.” – David McGee, The Bluegrass Special (Jul 22, 2011)
“The straight-forwardness with which Finnders & Youngberg deliver bluegrass on the album is complimented delicately with large sprinkles of honkey-tonk steel and glorious folk harmonies; all layered with a coating of thick, rich lyrical delivery and songwriting.” – Charlie Englar, Scene Magazine (Jul 01, 2011)
“Their performance breathes like an intimate porch jam, yet the tight arrangements, lilting harmonies, careful choreography around a central microphone, and instrumental precision display the group’s commitment to their music.” – Henri Deschamps, Acousticana Journal (May 06, 2011)
“The musicianship is intricately and beautifully crafted to deliver an unbelievable range of emotional content in a sonically beautiful and highly listenable way; the delivery of FY5 is -your-socks-off impressive!” – Jan Peterson, Pow’r Pickin’ (Apr 11, 2011)