Chanteur et Mandoliniste Bluegrass US originaire de Arlington Heights (Illinois).
mandolinist and frequent lead singer for the Yonder Mountain String Band, Jeff
Austin was a prominent figure in the neo-progressive bluegrass of the new
millennium. After 15 years with the band, he left in early 2014 due to creative
differences and personal changes, choosing to pursue a solo career he officially
launched in early 2015 with the release of the full-length Simple Truth.
A native of the Chicago suburbs -- he was born in Arlington Heights and raised in Elk Grove -- Austin began playing music during a sojourn from college. He had been attending the University of Cincinnati but had headed down to Urbana, Illinois, where he met Bluegrassholes banjoist Dave Johnston, who wound up urging Austin to play mandolin and sing in the band. This band didn't last long and Austin soon moved to Nederland, Colorado, where Johnston and Austin would form Yonder Mountain String Band with Ben Kaufmann and Adam Aijala.
Yonder Mountain String Band's progressive bluegrass fit neatly into the confines of the modern jam band scene, as evidenced by their 1999 debut album, Elevation. Over the next decade, the band toured frequently and recorded nearly as often -- during this time, Austin often played with other musicians, including a 2004 side project with Chris Castino entitled Songs from the Tin Shed -- building up a loyal following so large they could host their own festival named Yonder Mountain's Harvest Festival in 2010. This happened after the 2009 release of The Show, which happened to be Austin's last with the band.
Facing the birth of his first child in January 2014, Austin came to the realization that he'd rather dedicate himself to his family instead of the band. He left the group amicably that April and soon afterward began recording his first solo album. That record, called Simple Truth, saw release on Yep Roc Records in February 2015.
Talents : Vocals, Mandolin, Guitar
Style musical : Bluegrass, Jazz Band, Old Timey, String Band
Years in activity :
|03/2004||CD Frog Pad 7365 (US)||Songs from the Tin Shed - Jeff Austin & Chris Castino - No Place Like A Road / Different Day / My Baby's Gone / Back Of My Mind / Last Day Waltz / Steep Grade, Sharp Curves / Latent Love / Flatiron Suite / Sunday Afternoon / Paul And Silas / Lonely Yukon Stars|
|02/2015||CD Yep Roc YEP 2393 (US)||The Simple Truth - What The Night Brings / Simple Truth / Scrapbook Pages / Fiddling Around / 15 Steps / Over And Over / Gatling Gun / Run Down / Shake Me Up / Falling Stars|
© Rocky Productions 13/02/2015