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Rough and Ready Heart

by Blue Yonder

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Your favorite new honky-tonk/rockabilly album, pressed with love on 180g vinyl. Digital download included.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Rough and Ready Heart via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    Your favorite new honkytonk album, delivered to you with love in a sleek, matte finish eco-digipak.

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    A full album purchase includes digital liner notes and lyric booklet!
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Lonely Hour 03:10
Emerald Eyes 03:04
Windswept 03:49
Green Light 02:58


Every Tuesday evening since early 2013, Blue Yonder, a trio of nationally-known musicians representing diverse strands of Americana musical traditions, has given people in a small Charleston, WV, venue a soul-cleansing way to connect with themselves and each other.

With the February 2018 release of their new record- ing Rough and Ready Heart, Blue Yonder plans to bring this same experience to new audiences in similarly intimate settings beyond their home state of West Virginia.

Anchored in compelling grooves of classic country, rockabilly, swing and folk music, the band presents original songs about “living, loving and los- ing along life’s backroads and highways” that people from all walks of life can relate to.

“My songs tell stories that anyone who’s been in re- lationships or set out on a road trip can relate to, no matter where they come from,” says John Lilly, Blue Yonder’s national award-winning, and nationally traveled, performing songwriter. “It’s been great to be able to work in my home town with guys who ap- preciate playing mostly original music, and to share that music every week with our regulars, who keep coming back to hear new material.”

Blue Yonder guitarist Robert Shafer, noting the many styles of Lilly’s songwriting, appreciates that “with Blue Yonder I can stretch out more than I can with most bands.” One of few to win the prestigious Win eld Walnut Valley national at-picking contest more than once, Shafer is also known as a “spectacular rockabilly guitarist who also brings swing and bop in uences to his playing” (Washington Post).

Blue Yonder upright bass player and producer Will Carter, best known for founding the global summit of old-time musicians at the annual “Clifftop” festival in WV, reports that for him “an evening with Blue Yonder is like telling tales around a camp re – the stories we tell take me out of my speci c situation and connect me, through shared experiences and emotions, with everyone in the room.”

Recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC, Rough and Ready Heart introduces listeners to charac- ters dealing with life and death, love and loss, memories and aspirations – with stories set to a pleasing arc of Amer- icana styles ranging from barn-burning rockers to gentle waltzes to mournful ballads to inspirational anthems. The band’s debut recording, Bittersweet Road, features all origi- nal songs and reached #2 on the Freeform American Roots radio chart in late 2013.


released June 8, 2018

All songs written by John Lilly © 2018 Beverly Lane Publishing (BMI) Produced and mixed by Gar Ragland
Engineered by Clay Miller / Assistant Engineer – Dowell Gandy
Mastered by Jim Demain, Yes Master Studios
Recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios; Asheville, NC
Photos by Thomas Sayers Ellis

John Lilly – vocals and rhythm guitars (acoustic and electric)
Robert Shafer – electric guitar
Will Carter – acoustic bass and harmony vocals
Russ Hicks - pedal steel
Tony Creasman – drums and percussion
John Cloyd Miller – harmony vocals Gar Ragland – harmony vocals


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Blue Yonder Charleston, West Virginia

Blue Yonder lives where classic country music meets western swing, a honky-tonk beat meets a beautiful ballad and red hot country jazz guitar licks meet cool blue yodel vocals.

Check out these guys if you love Hank Sr.'s voice, Asleep at the Wheel's set list, or any good vintage country band playing in a joint where the locals hang out.
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