By Angi Sada
Over the phone, Pete Yorn is the kind of guy millions of teenage girls fall in love with everyday: quiet, aloof, cool and unintentionally poetic. That’s just about on point for a drummer turned singer-songwriter.In the span of about six years Yorn has gone from critical darling to critical darling with some pretty hardcore friends and an ever-growing, diverse lot of fans.
As evidence, Yorn just wrapped up a stint opening for the Dixie Chicks, who pretty much spanked the naysayers and snatched up record, album and song of the year at the Grammy Awards earlier this month.
“We were friends and they had asked me to come and write some songs for their record [Taking the Long Way].,” he said over the phone from Las Vegas. “When it was time for them to go out on tour they offered me the slot.”
The soft-spoken Yorn, a New Jersey native, was able to see and be seen by a lot of people that are out of his regular 20-something fan base on that tour.
“We definitely got in front of a lot people we normally wouldn’t have the chance to be in front of,” he said. “Sometimes we get little notes or e-mails from people who said they discovered me at a Dixie Chicks show.”
Yorn, who released his debut album musicforthemorningafter in 2001, suggests that his music is a reflection of what he is seeing and where he is going in life. He also believes it’s important to view each of his albums as part of an entire body of work.
“I think [my music] seems to be informed by continued experience; just kind of what I take in,” he said.
Yorn, 32, is back on the road in support of his August 2006 release Nightcrawler. His Morning, Day and Night (named such for his three studio releases, including 2003’s Day I Forgot) tour rolls into Lincoln, Neb. and takes the stage at the Rococo Theatre on Feb. 24 with piano wunderkind Aqualung warming up the crowd.
Tickets for the show are still available online at etix.com for $20. Tickets are also available at the Rococo Theatre Box Office by phone 402-476-4467 or by visiting rococotheatre.com