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Overalls optional for bluegrass band

The Colorado band Finnders & Youngberg will perform Thursday night at the ABQ Biopark Botanic Garden.
The Colorado band Finnders & Youngberg will perform Thursday night at the ABQ Biopark Botanic Garden.
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You can spell Mike Finders’ last name with one “n” or two. The correct way is with one “n” but you pronounce Finders with a short “i.” To ensure that the public pronounces his last name properly, the Colorado-based band goes by Finnders & Youngberg.

That’s a nonmusical story about this Americana band that has its main roots in bluegrass.

“Everybody experiences music in a different way. In my mind we’re a bluegrass band,” Finders, the band’s guitarist, said in a phone interview from his home in Longmont, Colo.

“A lot of bluegrass fans think that bluegrass is traditional music and that the musicians may or may not wear suits or overalls. Those are stereotypes of bluegrass bands. We don’t fit the stereotypes.”

Finnders & Youngberg can indeed play three-chord tunes like “Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms,” but the band specializes in original music that sometimes has more compacted chord progressions and melody ideas than traditional bluegrass, he said.

Finders, the band’s main songwriter, said that over the last five years his compositions have absorbed some of his early musical influences like The Beatles, James Taylor and Jim Croce.

Finders is a two-time winner of the MerleFest songwriting competition in bluegrass and gospel categories.

He noted that when the band members arrange songs they do it with the mentality of bluegrass musicians.

Finnders & Youngberg will be in concert Thursday, July 18 at the Botanic Garden.

Four of its members will be there. With Finders will be bassist Erin Youngberg, her husband and banjo player Aaron Youngberg, and mandolin player Rich Zimmerman.

Fiddler Ryan Drickey, will be absent. He moved from Boulder, Colo., to New York City about a year ago, and doesn’t make every band gig. Finders promised an able replacement for Drickey.

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