A hard workingman from a strict Amish background, Yoder was recruited into the band for his ability to fit the entire band's equipment into the hatchback of a '84 Civic. Despite his faith and plain lifestyle, Yoder also harbors deep reserves of steady funk. He was disciplined by his community for his jazz phrasing and finally the ban was imposed because of his use of the Myxolidian. With everything he had gone, he began wandering the dusty roads of Virginia and Northern Carolina with his bass, righting wrongs, loving women and occasionally animals and sitting in trees creating pastoral bass soundscapes. Yoder and Bunks together form the Southeast's most consistent and rock steady rhythm section.