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Genre: Rockabilly, Country, Americana

Hometown: Olympia, WA

Influences: Johnny Cash, The Blasters, Murder By Death, The Stray Cats



Blending a wide variety of musical influences, along with the comfort on stage that comes from over two decades of performing, Yotes entertains audiences with a mix of songs from 1950’s country, 1980’s neo rockabilly, modern Americana, and many genres and eras in between.  He mixes songs by Johnny Cash, The Stray Cats, The Blasters, and Murder By Death with his own compositions.  Old favorites are interspersed with some of his favorite songs by friends and up-and-coming artists he’s met through the years.


In 2009, when his existing band chose to take some time off, Yotes began performing as a solo artist. Over the years Yotes has played in blues bands, psychobilly bands, and toured the US in a Johnny Cash tribute.  As he continued to develop his one-man show those experiences shaped his approach producing and performing his act.  Yotes’s solo performances have become a tribute to the artists and music that have influenced him, a respectful nod to some of his favorite contemporaries, and a testbed for new music as it’s written.


        Too often the term "Americana" becomes shorthand for "beardy banjo band," when the genre can mean so much more.  Yotes, a.k.a. Ryan Yates, is an Olympia, Wash.-based one-man powerhouse who adds layers of complexity to the Americana descriptor by leaning on 1950's country, neo-rockabilly from the '80s and more than a hint of Johnny Cash (he once toured the country in a Cash tribute group.

        His jumping delivery and driving guitar will turn Eichardt's into a rollicking roadhouse on Saturday, Feb. 11, which is exactly what Saturday nights were made for.

        -Zach Hagadone, Sandpoint Reader

Upcoming Shows


September 15 - Eichardt's

Sandpoint, ID

September 16 - Kelly's Casino

Bigfork, MT

September 17 - Philipsburg Brewing Co.

Philipsburg, MT

September 19 - Ranch Bar

Anaconda, MT

September 21 - Owl Lounge

Livingston, MT

September 22 - Bozeman Taproom

Bozeman, MT

September 23 - Bozeman Taproom

Bozeman, MT

September 24 - Draught Works Brewery

Missoula, MT

September 29 - Lazy River Taphouse

West Richland, WA

September 30 - LOGE

Leavenworth, WA


October 5 - Tracyton Public House

Bremerton, WA

October 13 - Uptown Pub

Port Townsend, WA

October 14 - Filling Station

Kingston, WA

October 15 - Eleven Winery

Bainbridge Island, WA

October 18 - Antidote Taphouse

Woodland, WA

October 19 - M&J Tavern

Bend, OR

October 25 - Kickstand Coffee and Kitchen

Hood River, OR

October 28 - Vault Taphouse

Black Diamond, WA

November 3 - 7 Cedars Casino

Sequim, WA

November 11 - Pints Barn

Tumwater, WA

November 15 - Antidote Taphouse

Woodland, WA

November 16 - Nicole's Bar

Olympia, WA

November 17 - Lazy River Taphouse

West Richland, WA

November 18 - Stein

Leavenworth, WA

November 25 - Squirrel Tree

Leavenworth, WA

December 2 - Squirrel Tree

Leavenworth, WA

December 3 - Succession Wines

Manson, WA

December 7 - Tracyton Public House

Bremerton, WA​

December 8 - Sirens Pub

Port Townsend, WA

December 9 - Filling Station

Kingston, WA

December 13 - Antidote Taphouse

Woodland, WA

December 15 - Whistlin' Jack's

Naches, WA


January 19 - Whistlin' Jack's

Naches, WA

February 3 - Filling Station

Kingston, WA

February 16 - Union Hill Cider Co.

East Wenatchee, WA

March 1 - Foresters

McCall, ID

April 20 - Filling Station

Kingston, WA

June 22 - Filling Station

Kingston, WA

August 17 - Filling Station

Kingston, WA

October 12 - Filling Station

Kingston, WA

December 14 - Filling Station

Kingston, WA

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