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Bittersweet Road

by Blue Yonder

"Blue Yonder original songs about living, loving and losing live where classic country music meets western swing, a honky-tonk beat meets a beautiful ballad, and red hot country guitar licks meet cool blue yodel vocals." Larry Groce, Mountain Stage Radio.
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Bittersweet Road
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2. Bootless
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3. Cinder Bottom Blues
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4. Four-Leaf Clover
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5. Come When Mama Calls
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6. Ne'er Do Well
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7. Red-Eye Express
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8. Do You Mind If I Drive
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9. My Love Never Sleeps
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10. Beats Walkin'
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Blue Yonder -- a new way to have old time swinging, rocking, and crying-in-your-beer fun. Featuring multiple-national-award-winning musicians Robert Shafer and John Lilly.

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Blue Yonder is a new band from Charleston, West Virginia, that takes strands of early country and folk music – from swing to honky-tonk, bluegrass to rockabillly, hymns to pop folk – and weaves them together with award-winning original compositions and contemporary grooves. The group features three seasoned musicians each with distinctive and notable skills: national award winning performing songwriter John Lilly, national guitar champion Robert Shafer, and neo-trad bassist Will Carter.

Lilly, Blue Yonder's vocalist and front man, is known throughout the country and in Europe for his heartfelt original songs about loving, living, and losing. John recently released his fifth CD, "Cold Comfort," recorded in Texas and Tennessee. In 2007, his "Haunted Honky Tonk" CD rose to #1 on radio charts in the U.S. and Europe. John's songwriting earned him top place in the 2005 Ghost Writers in the Sky song contest, as well as the 2010 "Next Great Road Song" contest, sponsored by Spin and Midas. A former tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, John travelled as a member of the Green Grass Cloggers dance team and with Appalachian master fiddler and NEA National Heritage Fellow Ralph Blizard. Lilly now tours widely, sharing his own music. He has served as editor of West Virginia's Goldenseal magazine since 1997.

On both acoustic and electric guitar, Robert Shafer possesses the uncommon ability to play with lightning velocity, infectious swing, or subtle emotion – whatever the music calls for. One of only a few guitar players to have won the prestigious Walnut Valley National Flat Picking Championship more than once, Robert has released seven recordings, many in partnership with other champion pickers, including Robin Kessinger, Steve Kaufman, and Johnny Staats. Robert was most influenced by Doc Watson's acoustic flatpicking, but over the past few decades he has spent at least as much time playing his Telecaster with country music bands Southern Mix and the Pourhouse Crew, mastering techniques learned from such standouts as Merle Travis, Danny Gatton, and Les Paul as well as others of Nashville's hottest sidemen.

Will Carter is the bass player in the Contrarians, a touring contra dance band. He has also played in several bluegrass and old time bands over the years, including well-known band mates, such as fiddler Bobby Taylor and Nashville banjoist/producer Alison Brown. Will also organizes musical events, having conceived of and helped found the Appalachian String Band Music Festival, Mountain Stage/NewSong Music Festival and Song Contest, and Charleston Jazz Series.

Together, Blue Yonder entertains audiences of all ages with their songs old and new, their stellar musicianship, their relaxed demeanor, and contagious sense of fun and excitement. Acoustic country music never sounded so fresh, so inviting or so appealing.



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Wonderful jazzy folk/roots album by some pros
If you like your country music with some swing, you'll enjoy this solo outing by Blue Yonder, some seasoned folk musicians who also have a jazzy side. Songwriter John Lilly's partnership with Ralph Blizard and sojourns in Texas find great expression on cuts like "Cinder Bottom Blues", the naughty Texas swing number "Come When Mama Calls" and "Red Eye Express", a bouncy tribute to cheap air travel. And the wistful "Do You Mind If I Drive" is a great song about the delicate balance of power in relationships. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.