Erik Yates has been singing and playing the banjo for the past twenty years as a means of self-expression, a way of connecting with tradition, and surprisingly, as a way of making a living.

He tours nationally with California-based Hot Buttered Rum (a group he started in college), plays around Colorado with both his own quartet and the Lyons Bluegrass Collective, and has appeared with touring acts such as Rapidgrass, Railroad Earth and Peter Rowan. He also maintains an active schedule teaching banjo, rhythm guitar, dobro and vocals.

“Erik succeeded in giving me new tools to use.”
“I learn something new every time. He makes learning fun.”
“Erik brings a mountain of knowledge, passion, and patience to his lessons, I highly recommend him.”

Oakland, CA

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