Stellar musicianship, Award winning songwriting ...
Original and classic songs about living, loving, and losing -- a new way to have old time swinging, rocking and crying-in-your-beer fun.
Blue Yonder is a new band from Charleston, West Virginia, that takes strands of early country music – from swing to honky-tonk, bluegrass and rockabillly – and weaves them together with award-winning original compositions and a contemporary feel.
The group features three seasoned musicians each with distinctive and notable skills: singer and songwriter John Lilly, national guitar champion Robert Shafer, and bassist Will Carter.
John Lilly, Blue Yonder's vocalist and front man, is known throughout the country and in Europe for his heartfelt original songs. A former tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, John travelled as a member of the Green Grass Cloggers dance team and with Appalachian master fiddler and NEA National Heritage Fellow, Ralph Blizard. Lilly now tours widely, sharing his own music. He has served as editor of West Virginia's Goldenseal magazine since 1997.
On both acoustic and electric guitar, Robert Shafer possesses the uncommon ability to play with lightning velocity, infectious swing, or subtle emotion – whatever the music calls for. He is one of only a few guitar players to have won the prestigious Walnut Valley National Flat Picking Championship more than once,
Will Carter is the bass player in the Contrarians, a touring contra dance band. Will also organizes musical events, having conceived of and helped found the Appalachian String Band Music Festival, Mountain Stage/NewSong Music Festival and Song Contest, and Charleston Jazz Series.