Pete Yorn graced the Belly Up stage with a full band touring his latest album, CARETAKERS, this week. With a wink to the front row, he started off with a solo acoustic, “Girl Like You,” a Bonus Track for his debut album. Throughout the evening he gave the audience some short yet intimate stories, including how he first was signed to a label over 20 years ago. Playing a steady wave of new songs shoulder to shoulder with old favorites, much of the respectful crowd swayed and hung onto every word.
The night opened with LA-based, alternative rock band Dear Boy who accompanied Yorn on three shows on this leg of the Caretakers tour. Perhaps, they were not initially on the radar of most die-hard Pete Yorn fans, but they quickly earned the attendees’ attention. Dear Boy frontman, Ben Grey, gave a touching and sincere shout-out to Yorn before ending strong to a cheering crowd. A buzz was swarming about them through the night.
Known as a multi-instrumentalist, Yorn stuck to the guitar varying from a twelve string to electric. On the third song, “On Your Side,” he teased with Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” and it was the first sing-along of the evening. Yorn is a storyteller who delivers with a laid-back vibe and kicked it into third gear during the three song encore.