They're baaaack! Ol' Yeller returns, from hiatus, not from the dead. Rarely does a band at their level return from hiatus..you know, a band that (since Y2k) managed to tour the country a couple-dozen or so times over the course of 4 years and release 5 full-length albums to high critical and inter- national praise strictly on their own skills, musicianship, and tenacity. A band that was too real for their own good. Roots-rock? Country? Ameri-cana? The proverbial conundrum of labels. "Muttonchop Rock" was a good one from Peter Sholtes of City Pages. "Northern Rock" was another one floating around and sort of sticking.