Jesse Colin Young and Jazzie Young at the Hardly Strickly Bluegrass Festival

Jesse Colin Young

Jesse Colin Young was born in 1941 in Queens New York.  His mom was a violinist that sang with a perfect pitch and his father was a Harvard-educated accountant with a passion for classical music.  Jesse was in a very creative family and he quickly became a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, piano, folk music and the blues.

By the 1960’s Jesse had recorded two solo albums and he formed “The Youngbloods” with Jesse Corbitt and they released their version of “Get Together” that turned out to be the one song that brought the band an international audience.

Jesse started penning hits like “Ridgetop,” “Darkness Darkness,” A Song for Juli,” and the hit Top 40 Album “Songbird.”  His career had taken off and he played “Woodstock,” the “Summer of Love,” and tours with David Crosby, Steven Stills, and Graham Nash!

Fast forward to 2022 and Jesse and his band (including his daughter Jazzie Young) were invited to perform at the Hardly Strickly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park!  It turned out to be a beautiful weekend and the place was packed!