James Yorkston: Mellowing Over Time

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James Yorkston

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Set List

  • "Steady as She Goes"
  • "Woozy with Cider"

After recording for many years as the bassist for the Scottish punk band Huckleberry, James Yorkston has since drawn on his natural inclination toward softer sounds as a solo acoustic singer-songwriter. Yorkston often gets compared to Nick Drake, though he calls English folk legend Anne Briggs his greatest influence.

Yorkston experienced a breakthrough in 2000 after recording a series of demo tapes championed by BBC Radio DJ John Peel. Soon afterward, Yorkston was able to procure the support to produce his debut single, "Moving Up Country." This and subsequent songs were credited to James Yorkston & The Athletes — The Athletes being close friends and collaborators who often play alongside Yorkston as his backup band. A debut full-length followed, also titled Moving Up Country, and since then, he's recorded two more studio albums, often with The Athletes as his backup. Yorkston's latest album, Year of the Leopard, came out in the U.K. last year.

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