Glenn Yoder

Glenn Yoder

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandRockAmericana

Like Neil Young and Alejandro Escovedo, Glenn Yoder glides between guitar-driven rock and folk-tinged acoustic balladry. Infusing the Texas songwriter tradition with jangly pop (think Wilco and the Jayhawks), other songs beckon to a darker place: swampy blues a la Ray Wylie Hubbard and Morphine.

Biography

Praise for Glenn Yoder & the Western States' new album "Javelina":

"No Depression magazine take notice! Glenn Yoder & the Western States may have just made one of the finest alt-country albums of 2013 ... This creepy backwoods beast of a record is full of huge pop hooks and muscular Drive-By Truckers-style rock. Yoder's songwriting has never been sharper."
-Eargazms, album review (4 out of 5 stars)

"The former Cassavette rocks out a bit more than in past turns, but still retains the charm that made his former band one of Boston's brightest."
- The Phoenix, "10 records that will set the tone — and soundtrack — of what could be the best year ever"

"Remember when Wilco was alt country? Glenn Yoder does. He also remembers the artistic boost Wilco got adding straight rock and flashes of feedback to its sound. Yoder hits that sweet spot between honky-tonk twang and bar stool poetry."
- Boston Herald

"Yoder [is] a talented songwriter and singer."
-Boston Globe

"'Javelina' will have you wondering if you’re listening to the next Tom Petty, maybe with a little Uncle Tupelo thrown in."
- Allston Pudding

"There is a certain familiarity to the sonic qualities that draw a listener into each track, however, the music is undoubtedly an original blend and Yoder’s exciting and unique use of time in his song structure keeps the listener on their toes."
- Red Line Roots

"The album dabbles in a bevy of genres while maintaining a certain twang that keeps it grounded within the Americana realm."
-Americana Rock Mix

"With all due respect to Punxsutawney Phil, there is usually one song each year that is the true harbinger of spring. You know the type, the kind of song that radiates sunshine and induces a smile on even the grayest of days. Congratulations Glenn, this year you claim the prize."
-Twangville, on the song "Just Want You to Love Me"

"Glenn Yoder & Western States includes some topnotch players ... and Yoder's songwriting continues to intrigue."
-Patriot Ledger

"It's been nearly three years since Cassavettes disbanded, but Glenn Yoder has retained his position as one of Boston's finest Americana songwriters."
- On the Download, "Winter preview soundtrack"

Like Neil Young and Alejandro Escovedo, Glenn Yoder glides between churning guitar-driven rock and folk-tinged acoustic balladry. Infusing the hallowed Texas songwriter tradition with modern jangly pop (think Wilco and the Jayhawks), other songs beckon to a darker place: swampy blues in the vein of Ray Wylie Hubbard and Morphine.

Glenn Yoder & the Western States' latest record, "Javelina," released in January 2013, rolls these influences into a powerful, 13-song punch. Eargazms called it "one of the finest alt-country albums of 2013," adding "this creepy backwoods beast of a record is full of huge pop hooks and muscular Drive-By Truckers-style rock." The Boston Globe and Patriot Ledger praised Yoder's skill for songcraft, while the Phoenix named "Javelina" one of "10 records that will set the tone in 2013." NECN made the album its featured on-air soundtrack in July 2013.

The album, which was produced by Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T. Jones, Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck) and engineered by David Minehan (The Neighborhoods), opens with the dark "Everything You Want," which has been compared to Roky Erickson's band 13th Floor Elevators, before charging into the first single "Just Want You to Love Me," an "A.M."-era Wilco singalong. While "Younger Brother" gives the record a lighthearted, mid-90s chorus, things get swampy with the barnburner "Pretty Little Girl" and the Morphine-type blues groove of "Messing with My Head."

Raised just north of Dallas, Yoder settled in Boston in 2003 and formed the award-winning folk-rock group Cassavettes with several longtime friends and fellow Texans. Over a five-year period, the band released four albums, toured the country (including bills with the Allman Brothers and Kings of Leon), and collected a wall's worth of awards and accolades.

But as Cassavettes moved increasingly toward a pop-rock sound, Yoder's prolific pen continued writing roots music. In search of a home for these orphan songs, Yoder teamed up with producer Todd Thibaud and released "Okono Road" in 2009 under his own name.

Calling upon a veritable all-star cast of fellow musicians for the recording sessions, including members of the Low Anthem and Girls Guns & Glory, Yoder and Thibaud carefully crafted a record where the "song comes first." Folks took note, as one publication noted that "Yoder pays homage ... to the great American song." Critics were quick to label Yoder a "young Paul Westerberg" while drawing comparisons to Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, Ryan Adams, and the Lemonheads.

Cassavettes broke up in December 2010, clearing the way for Yoder’s full-time pursuit of the sound most comfortable to him. He enlisted a first-rate backing band, including Jeff Katz, Cilla Bonnie, and Josh Kiggans and hit t

Discography

"JAVELINA"
Release date: Jan. 26, 2013
Produced by Jeremy Moses Curtis
Engineered by David Minehan, Woolly Mammoth Studios, Waltham, Massachusetts
Notes: Appearances by James Rohr, Laurence Scudder, and Dave Westner

"OKONO ROAD"
Release date: January 22, 2009
Produced by Todd Thibaud
Engineered by Jack Gauthier, Lakewest Studios, West Greenwich, Rhode Island
Notes: Debut solo album, with appearances by members of Cassavettes, Girls Guns & Glory, the Low Anthem, Aimee Mann, Todd Thibaud, and Annie Lynch & The Beekeepers

Set List

Sets can range from 30 minutes to three hours, and can be performed as an intimate acoustic act or a full-band. Plenty of original material as well as choice covers.