Music Scene: Yarn, Anders Osborne
By Matthew Godbey Special to The Post and Courier | Wednesday, July 11, 2012
A country/Americana band from Brooklyn, N.Y., might seem like a joke. But for sextet Yarn, it makes perfect sense.
Almost anywhere else and Yarn might be pigeon-holed as just another country band or lost in the masses of Americana musicians.
In New York, however, Yarn’s roots-rock and country style is more progressive than familiar.
It’s not just Yarn’s location that sets the band apart. The music nestles itself into significance through sing-a-long choruses and superior musicianship that wanders from Appalachia-style, toe-tapping bluegrass to backwoods country-blues.
Anders Osborne is one of those rare songwriters who has for decades created connections with listeners.
The Swedish-born singer-songwriter left home when he was 16 to roam the globe and found a home in New Orleans’ thriving music scene. He faced homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, and the loss of his mother and grandmother.
His 1995 album, “Which Way to Here,” scored two top-five singles, “Favorite Son” and “Pleasin’ You.”
He co-wrote two songs on Keb’ Mo’s 1998 Grammy-winning album, “Slow Down,” and Tim McGraw’s No. 1 single “Watch the Wind Blow” in 2004.
Osborne’s 2007 album, “Coming Down,” was nominated for an Independent Music Award for Album of the Year in the folk singer-songwriter category.
Osborne will perform Wednesday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Seth Stainback. Tickets are $15 in advance or online at www.etix.com, $17 at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m. Call 571-4343 or go to Charlestonpourhouse.com.