Blake Christiana, frontman and songwriter for Brooklyn, N.Y., Americana/country band Yarn, often hears a similar question. How did a New York band wind up playing this music with a country vibe. Christiana said it came to him through his father.
“He wasn’t one of the hippie kids,” Christiana said in a phone call last week. “He was a bit older than that. So I grew up on Ricky Nelson and Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley, my dad playing around the camp fire, all that stuff, you know. So it’s just kind of been ingrained since I was a kid.
“You know, everyone says that whole, New York City and this kind of music — but it’s everywhere, and there’s not borders, really, anymore. We’re all traveling so much. It’s just one big country.”
Yarn, which hits Growler’s American Grill on Saturday night — The Floorboards open the show — has traveled all over the country, but found its most receptive audiences in the Southeast and Colorado, Christiana said.
“It’s just a matter of finding the people, you know, so, I think it goes fairly well everywhere.”
Yarn’s day in Big Lick also includes a 6 p.m. meet-and-greet at Ripple, 112 Market St. S.E.