The Yucca Man – Fort Worth Weekly
Darrin Kobetich feels wanderlust in several ways. It’s there in his sometimes sad, sometimes blissful, always soulful acoustic guitar work. And it’s there in his itinerary. From the desert of West Texas to Colorado and Utah to the east coast of his youth, his discography unfolds like an acoustic map with 10 albums.
His latest is another transporting gem. The yucca tapes are bursting with the fingerwork of the experienced guitarist and evoke a mixture of bluegrass, delta blues and rock. It is a fitting antidote to our closed life.
The 55-year-old guitarist / composer moved his family from Long Island to Weatherford in 1979. He started playing the guitar at a young age, and he said his long hair shocked the hippie-reluctant county in our west. In Fort Worth, he formed a fairly successful thrash band that played on the North Texas racetrack. When a million pounds broke up in the mid-1980s, after nearly 20 years of Thrash, Kobetich pulled the plug out of the socket and turned inward to experiment with the acoustically forward sounding which he is good at.
“The response to The Yucca Tapes has been very good,” he said. “I think it’s my best album so far.”
Now that cities and states are opening up, Kobetich is ready to wrap his “space shuttle,” also known as the Toyota Tacoma, in an RV cover and hit the streets. “That’s how I roll,” he said. “I park everywhere and crash.”
Spots in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia are on the program.
“California isn’t finished yet, and northern New Mexico isn’t finished yet, but other places are looking forward to some people playing,” he said. … I had a full tour two years ago and this time I’m counting on it. “
On-site, you can catch Kobetich at HopFusion Brewery and Pouring Glory, among others, and he’ll help stir some other pots. He also plays in a prog outfit Agita, the bluegrass supplier Boxcar Bandits and The Yucca Men, a mostly improvised group.
Recorded by himself, The Yucca Tapes was mastered at Dubwise Mastering in Zagreb, Croatia by Tom Krizic, recommended by Yucca Men drummer Terry Valderas. The album is available on Bandcamp, Spotify and iTunes.