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Finnders & Youngberg

http://finndersandyoungberg.com/

Colorado’s 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 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.

The band’s second release is a six-song EP titled I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry and it has already brought in rave reviews. Mathew DeRiso of No Depression says it’s ‘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.’

Finnders & Youngberg 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.

Audio

From the new album, “I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry” (2013)

  • Lonely Too Long
  • I Don't Want Love You Won't Give Until I Cry

 

From the album, “FY5″ (2011)

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  • Driftwood
  • Connie
  • Nebraska
  • For Old Times Sake
  • Sold on You

From the album, “Keep Your Suitcase Packed” (2008)

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  • Old Shine Crow
  • Perfect Little Life
  • Moonlight on the Colorado
  • Bushel Basket

Video

“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)

The Scuttlebutt

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)