By Summers Baker
This January, The Lonesome Days sold out the Fox Theater in Boulder and Denver bluegrass lovers took note. For the many Denverites who missed the party bus to Boulder that night, The Days’ next Denver show announcement was highly anticipated. And, in usual fashion, the Lonesome Days did not disappoint. In early May, they announced their June 13 show at the Bluebird Theater, where they were to be joined by the Adam Aijala Trio, comprised of Colorado jamgrass veterans Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon), Greg Garrison (Leftover Salmon) and Adam Aijala (Yonder Mountain String Band).
The Lonesome Days’ connection to those musicians runs deep. Jonny Miller, the lead
singer/mandolinist for The Days, has joined members of Yonder Mountain String Band on many stages in Colorado, and The Lonesome Days have even done a tour opening for Yonder across the Midwest.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better group to join us for the show,” says Jonny. “We admire each of them so much on a musical level, but also as people. They have seen a lot of success in this business but are grounded and good-hearted people that we feel fortunate to be friends with.”
The Days were also joined by Grace Clark, who opened the night with a set of her original music accompanied by cello and guitar. Grace, who has sat in on multiple occasions with The Days, was right at home in front of the bluegrass lovers as they quickly filled the room for the night. By the time The Adam Aijala Trio picked their first tune, the room was packed.
Adam Aijala Trio’s opening set was filled with original music. Any Yonder Mountain String Band fan in the audience certainly noticed that Adam was playing some songs from the early Yonder catalog. Jonny Miller sat in for the last few songs, and then they left the stage to an energized crowd. The Lonesome Days put on a show that the scene won’t soon forget, playing most of the songs from their debut record, along with a slew of new songs that were all grounded in that recognizable Lonesome sound for which they are known.
My personal favorite was their rendition of Jonny’s song, “Twenty-Five.” Haven’t heard it? Go check it out. When I asked Jonny what the highlight of the show was, he told me it was when Andy Thorn and Adam Aijala joined them on stage near the end of their set. “Playing Andy Thorn’s song, ‘All That I Can Take,’ was a real highlight for me. I just love that song. To play that song with those two and share it with my bandmates was a really cool moment for me. I felt fully immersed in the moment and was beyond grateful to be on the stage with all of them.”
And that energy certainly translated to the audience. In classic bluegrass style, The Lonesome Days encored by inviting up a bunch of local fiddlers to play an old-time tune, and everyone left the theater buzzing. “It was really special for us to play the Bluebird as a headliner,” says Jonny. “I know many of us in the band have seen so many great shows there over the years. It’s always been my favorite indoor venue in the city.”