Insult And An Elbow video from Yonder Mountain

Insult And An Elbow - Yonder Mountain String BandYonder Mountain String Band has dropped a new music video, showcasing a song from their new album, and their touring lineup for 2015.

The song was written and sung by Yonder’s bass man, Ben Kaufmann, who told Rolling Stone that he put Insult And An Elbow together about his substance abuse issues when he was a much younger man.

“How many times over my life had I turned to a substance to provide relief from a difficult situation? Could it really have been the entirety of my twenties? Sure enough. And some of my thirties too. Insult and an Elbow is my reflection on that time in my life when I felt utterly trapped, and when I was drinking and smoking for all the wrong reasons. But it is also written from the perspective of a person who is on the brink of a moment of growth and self awareness.”

In the video you’ll see the restructured Yonder Mountain, following the departure of mandolinist, vocalist and songwriter, Jeff Austin, last Spring. Kaufman remains, along with Dave Johnston on banjo and Adam Aijala on guitar, who have brought in Allie Krall on fiddle and Jacob Joliff on mandolin for the upcoming new album and 2015 tour.

Look for the new CD, Black Sheep, on June 16.

Yonder Mountain String Band will be on the road much of this Spring and Summer. Their full tour schedule is available online.

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