Gary Van Miert

Originally a Beatles and Carl Perkins fan, Gary Van Miert had been playing and singing old Country and Blues songs for years, mostly as a hobby. He came up with the concept for “The Sensational Country Blues Wonders!” as a vehicle to start performing and take advantage of the vibrant art and music scene in Jersey City. The Blues Wonders were designed to replicate the original instrumental lineup of acoustic rhythm guitar, electric lead guitar and upright acoustic bass used on the first rock and roll records recorded by Elvis Presley at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tenn.

He gigged extensively in Jersey City, Manhattan and Broklyn venues. He also performs solo as “The Gospel Wonder” at church services and events with a fine, handpicked repertoire of classic Gospel tunes. Gary also picked up some theater experience along the way, but he’s always been interested in that point where Blues, Country and Gospel music intersect.

Yosh & Yimmy

Beyond a Song host Rich Reardin interviews Texas singer/songwriters Josh Glenn and Jimmy Willdon better known as the duo ‘Yosh & Yimmy. After meeting in 2015, when Josh Glenn opened for Jimmy Willden at the final show of his 2015 tour, the two bearded gingers continued playing shows together. Over time, the shows evolved into Yosh & Yimmy, as they performed as a duo, and began writing songs together.

That union led to their first release, the studio EP, “Americana Summer” in March of 2019, featuring fan favorite songs, such as “Oh Universe” and “Shadows on the Wall,” and supported by their first joint national tour that summer.

2020 was spent writing more songs, and preparing to return to the studio, but not before completing the mixes for their first live record, “Yosh & Yimmy: Yive in Concert”.

Oft delayed by COVID-19, the album (originally intended as a 2020 release) was finally unleashed on the world in March of 2021. Recorded at the final performance of their Americana Summer Tour, in Athens, GA, “Yive in Concert” features singles such as “World is Sound Asleep” and “The Day You Learned to Fly”, showcasing Yosh & Yimmy’s eclectic style, all the while marrying rich harmonies with thought-provoking lyrics.

And beards.

In December, the duo released a “winter” single — inspired by the energy-grid failure in Texas. “Midnight Sled Ride” is now available on all streaming platforms.

Yosh & Yimmy’s debut full-length studio album, “Three Rivers” will be released June 24, 2022. Promoting its release, lead singles “Down & Out”, “Proof” and “Breathe Again” were released and played on radio stations across the U.S. and worldwide. Dropping with the full release, “Without A Barrier” will be the next single.

In Summer, 2022, the boys will be hitting the road for a national “Yive in Concert” tour, traversing over 16 states across the mid-west in the month of July.