The Yearlings are an alt country duo from South Australia , and being heavily influenced by the music of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, coined their name obviously from the Gillian Welch album Hell Among The Yearlings. That’s not to say they are complete copycats, despite the sensibility of their music being closely aligned to the back woods Americana sound of that other famous duo, The Yearlings have their own seductive style and write their own distinctive songs.
I know I’ve been cynical about The Yearlings in the past, but they won me over again with their short set at an in store at Basement Discs at lunchtime today.
The Yearlings are husband and wife team Robyn Chalklen and Chris Parkinson, and they have a fine new CD called Sweet Runaway, several songs of which they played today.
It was a set of great sweetness - beautiful songs, great accompaniment and divine harmony singing.
Check them out on their website or My Space.
If you’re partial to artists like Gillian Welch or The Audreys, you’ll love The Yearlings.