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SmokeStack and the Foothill Fury / Press

"This storytelling and blues-playing man......has been on the road for about two years now. He’s a pretty handsome and seemingly collected guy when he’s not playing, but once he starts........he talks and looks like a hillbilly — like someone who might pop out from behind a tree and scare you while you’re camping, or like a character in Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man who cooks beans over a fire and says things like, “Terrible is what it is.” . Smokestack’s stories were about good karma, sleeping in his Chevy Blazer and getting his ace kicked while breaking up domestic disputes. I want to keep tabs on this guy. He’s a real character, and it’s good to know that there are people like him out there on the road in America."

Courtney Hambright - Moodvane

“ABOUT CD:Given name Jarod Yerkes, is a vagabond minstrel, a one-man band, traveling the country with his self-styled punk-country-blues. He summons in equal parts the spirits of Son House and Joe Strummer, belting his raspy baritone over a furious slide guitar and a snare/bass drum rhythm section”

“Butte, Montana’s Jarod “Smokey” Yerkes, whose musical endeavor Smokestack and the Foothill Fury has been a recognizable part of the one-man band and roots revival scene for some time now, is preparing to release his latest full-length album “Lone Buffalo.” A refreshingly stripped-down and organic sound consisting of rhythmic banjo-pickin’ and subtle homemade percussion, six-string notework and folky vocals, is much of what one can expect from this And what Jarod does, he does remarkably well, which is evidenced eleven times over on “Lone Buffalo,” in every well-constructed and adeptly executed song. And these songs are as raw as meat carved right off the bone, gristle and all, as rustic as the lands from which Jarod hails. “Lone Buffalo” owns a lo-fi quality, almost like that of old-fashioned field recordings. This is something from which it benefits more than a little. I have to say that Smokestack and the Foothill Fury is without doubt one of today’s more wort”

"Lone Buffalo" is a thoughtful journey through American roots music. From the country blues in Appalachian hollers to the grit of Deep South blues to the isolation of the great American west, this album carries the listener through time and space with respect for tradition and an honest approach to songwriting. I've enjoyed it thoroughly! Jarrod Starling Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy

Jarrod Starling of Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy

"It's somewhat a romantic thing. A nomadic musician strolling from place to place with a beat-up guitar and an old pair of boots playing wherever and whenever. It's something we all want in someway, shape or form. That's exactly what the SmokeStack and the Foothill Fury project is." r

Matthew Goodbey - Charleston, SC Post and Courier

““Smokestack” is a one man band with enough energy for a quartet. Armed with a small arsenal of guitars, his foot driven rhythm section, and a knack for telling a story..he puts on a good show that is a little different but highly entertaining.”

same - Mountain Freak.net

“Long-awaited arrival of Smokestack the Foothill Fury, was nothing less than inspiring and entertaining. Full of fury, like a rolling and tumbling ball of energy, Smokestack played raw, down-from-the-hills blues. A refreshing slap in the face to pretentious, over-produced pop.”

“Imagine if you took the Tasmanian devil and put him in a chair with a couple of guitars, a slide, and some weird snare drum connected to a foot pedal contraption, and then demanded “MAKE MUSIC.” This explains the frenzy that is Smokestack and the Foothill Fury ”

“This guy caught me by surprise. Having never heard of him, I was preparing to use his set as a chance to grab a beer and take a piss, but when he was done I found that I was still standing in the same place I was when he began, doing the “I gotta piss” dance”

“one-man freight train, Smokestack and the Foothill Fury, who kicks his contraption and bites and spits the blues both hard and fast ... like a lone wolf.”