WXPN Welcomes: An Evening with Pete Yorn – You & Me Solo Acoustic Tour
We blinked and Yorn turned 40, but he isn’t settling or slowing. If the extra-musical side of his last few years has been about anything, it is hard work. He’s focused on personal growth, broken bad habits, learned to get out of his own way, and become more lithe to life’s undulations. He got married. He gave the commencement address at alma mater Syracuse University (his speech was about running toward the stuff that makes you uncomfortable in life). And last year, after completing an acoustic tour without a backing band or a set list, he welcomed a child into this world.
As he prepares to release another album, it’s clear his music has been shored up too. By one measure, another trick of time, Yorn’s first three albums span a single day. The so-called “trilogy” — musicforthemorningafter, Day I Forgot, and Nightcrawler (2006) — captures the man’s progression from an unknown songwriter unspooling raw magic at the storied Café Largo, to the sort of dude who can dial up Dave Grohl for a ripping drum solo and trade twanged verses with Natalie Maines. Those all found Yorn solo with a producer, building songs in the studio (or garage).
But for his last two, 2009’s Back & Fourth and 2010’s Pete Yorn, he did the session thing, stepping into readymade bands under the guidance of Saddle Creek producer Mike Mogis and Pixies genius Frank Black, respectively. And those were bookended by collaborative projects: 2009’s playful album-length duet with Scarlett Johansson, Break Up, and The Olms (2013), a sunny, ’60s-styled retro-pop duo with J.D. King.
(Thursday) 8:00 pm
Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003