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“This is our hometown, and we’re very happy to be playing Taste of Canton,” said Benjamin Payne, lead singer of Yankee Bravo. The 3-year-old group is growing its reputation for playing a folksy blend of music at 30 to 40 area gigs a year.

“This is our hometown, and we’re very happy to be playing Taste of Canton,” said Benjamin Payne, lead singer of Yankee Bravo.

Yankee-Bravo-PolaroidThe 3-year-old group is growing its reputation for playing a folksy blend of music at 30 to 40 area gigs a year.

Among other stops this summer, Yankee Bravo will appear Aug. 9 at Gervasi Vineyard.

The quintet—consisting of Payne, cofounder Robert Austin, Brandon Covey, female vocalist Allison Miller, and Rick Sills—then launched into a rendition of its song “It Ain’t Easy.”

“It’s not on our current CD, but it will be on our next one, due out later this summer,” Payne told the crowd at Taste of Canton last month.

The group is “pretty settled into roots rock with Americana and a folk music heartbeat,” Payne explained after the set.

“Every now and then we do a rock song,” Payne said. “We don’t do folk all the time.

“And most of us are involved in church music of some sort,” he added. “That’s why we include folksy hymns.”

Some songs are pulled from well-known favorites of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Johnny Cash, but the group’s performances highlight original music as well.

“Everybody in the band writes,” Austin said. “Everybody contributes.”

The group sold out of the “first batch” of its initial CD, “Tucker’s Moon.”

“Most of our music is consumed online,” said Payne, “but it’s nice to have hard-copy CDs” to sell at performances.

Those who “like” Yankee Bravo’s Facebook page will gain access electronically to “It Ain’t Easy” from the band’s upcoming collection.

Yankee Bravo grew from a “love of this kind of music,” Payne said.

“We’ve all been in different kinds of music for years,” he explained. “We’ve wanted to do this for a while. It’s been a fun three years.”

YANKEE BRAVO
Folk / Americana / Rock

In the band

Benjamin Payne (guitar/banjo/vocals) Allison Miller (vocals) Charles “Rick” Sills (electric guitar) Brandon Covey (upright/electric bass) Robert Austin (mandolin/guitar/vocals)

Sounds like

The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, Of Monsters and Men, Passenger, Rend Collective

Playlist

Follow-up self-titled album this fall
Tucker’s Moon (2012)

Gigs

Jun. 28 Crocker Park 6-9 p.m.

Jul. 12 Gervasi Piazza 7-10 p.m.

Aug. 9 Gervasi Piazza 7-10 p.m.

Aug. 23 Gervasi Piazza 7-10 p.m.

Oct. 3 First Friday Main Stage 7 p.m.

Facebook.com/YankeeBravoBand

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