Live Footage: JOVM Mainstay Yola Performs “It Ain’t Easier” at YouTube Space NYC

Throughout the bulk of this past year, I’ve written quite a bit about the rising Bristol, UK-born, London-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Yola. And as you may recall, the JOVM mainstay’s extraordinary personal life have inspired her Dan Auerbach-produced full-length debut Walk Through Fire, which was released   earlier this year through Easy Eye Sound.

2019 has been a breakthrough year for the Bristol-born, London-based singer/songwriter and JOVM mainstay: she made her New York debut earlier this year at Rockwood Music Hall, played an attention-grabbing SXSW set and has opened for Kacey Musgraves, Lake Street Dive and Andrew Bird on a select series of US tour dates, which has included stops at the Newport Folk Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Austin City Limits Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Brandi Carlile’s Girls Just Wanna Weekend in Mexico. She played Mavis Staples‘ traveling, 80th birthday celebration tour — and made her national TV debut on CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions performing several songs off Walk Through Fire.

Additionally, the JOVM mainstay performed an intimate set at YouTube Space, which was simultaneously filmed for later distribution across the internet. During that set, she played one of my favorite track off the album, “It Ain’t Easier,” a carefully crafted and earnest love song centered around the concept that love always takes effort and care to survive.

Yola is currently closing out this year with an extensive world tour to close out the year, and the tour includes a handful of opening spots for Kacey Musgraves as well as her last New York area stop of the year — December 11, 2019 at Garcia’s in Port Chester. Check out the tour dates below.



SEP 19 THU – Castle Theatre, Bloomington, IL,
SEP 20 FRI – Codfish Hollow Barnstormers, Maquoketa, IA,
SEP 21 SAT – Farm Aid, Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin
SEP 22 SUN – Bluebird Nightclub, Bloomington, IN,
SEP 26 THU – Levitt Shell, Memphis, TN
SEP 27 FRI – Fillmore New Orleans, New Orleans, LA,  (With Kacey Musgraves)
SEP 28 SAT – Fillmore New Orleans, New Orleans, LA,  (With Kacey Musgraves)
OCT 5 SAT – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
OCT 13 SUN – Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, TX,
OCT 16 WED – The Grammy Museum, Los Angeles, CA
OCT 25 FRI – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville TN (With Kacey Musgraves)
NOV 03 SUN -Leeds, United Kingdom, O2 Academy Leeds (with Greta Van Fleet)
NOV 04 MON – Dublin, Ireland, Olympia Theatre (with GVF)
NOV 06 WED – Glasgow, United Kingdom, O2 Academy Glasgow (with GVF)
NOV 07 THR – Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, O2 Academy Newcastle (with GVF)
NOV 09 SAT – Liverpool, United Kingdom, Mountford Hall (with GVF)
NOV 10 SUN – Nottingham, United Kingdom, Rock City (with GVF)
NOV 12 TUE – Amsterdam, Netherlands, AFAS Live (with GVF)
NOV 13 WED – Paris, France, Zénith de Paris (with GVF)
NOV 15 FRI – Antwerp, Belgium, Lotto Arena (with GVF)
NOV 16 SAT – Berlin, Germany, Musik & Frieden
NOV 17 SUN – Hamburg, Germany, HÄKKEN
NOV 18 MON – Frederiksberg, Denmark, KB Hallen(with GVF)
NOV 20 WED – Cologne, Germany, Palladium Cologne (with GVF)
NOV 21 THR – München, Germany, Zenith (with GVF)
NOV 22 FRI – Milano, Italy, Santeria Toscana 31
NOV 24 SUN – Milan, Italy, Alcatraz (with GVF)
NOV 26 TUE – Barcelona, Spain, Sant Jordi Club (with GVF)
NOV 28 THR – Paris, France, Café de la Danse
NOV 30 SAT – Glasgow, United Kingdom, Òran Mór (with GVF)
DEC 01 SUN – Dublin, Ireland, Olympia Theatre
DEC 03 TUE – Manchester, United Kingdom, Gorilla
DEC 04 WED – London, United Kingdom, Islington Assembly Hall

DEC 11 WED – Garcia’s, Port Chester, NY, United States
DEC 30 MON – The Ryman w/ Old Crow Medicine Show, Nashville
DEC 31 TUE – The Ryman w/ Old Crow Medicine Show, Nashville