The four debuted in 1998 at Boulder’s Fox Theatre, another Colorado Music Hall of Fame inductee. The next year, they unleashed their first album Elevation on their own independent label, Frog Pad Records, and jam-music aficionados were floored. But just as impactful as this memorable debut was the group’s decision to let concert-goers record shows, since the passing of these audio documents from person to person turned into word-of-mouth acclaim. Suddenly, folks across the country were buzzing about the astonishing instrumental interplay and strong songwriting that could be found in Yonder Mountain.
Within a few short years, the four-piece was making sold-out, multi-night appearances at major venues best known for booking rock and pop acts, including the Fillmores in Denver and San Francisco, and earning headlining or main-stage billing at festivals such as Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Austin City Limits and Jazz Fest. Yonder was also the first bluegrass band to headline at Red Rocks – and that 2007 show was a sell-out, too.