jeffaustin

Jeff Austin

Jeff Austin has been playing professionally for nearly 20 years, most of them as the  vocalist/mandolinist of the game-changing bluegrass jam act Yonder Mountain String Band. Austin has long harbored urges to stretch out musically — and even cast a few pop hooks of his own. He finally makes the leap on The Simple Truth, his solo debut (releasing Feb. 10th, 2015) and maiden voyage with Yep Roc Records. Accompanying him is an eager troupe of trustworthy fellow travelers chartered as the Jeff Austin Band: Danny Barnes (of Bad Livers

fame) on banjo, guitars and vocals; Ross Martin on guitars; and Eric Thorin on basses and

vocals, with North Mississippi Allstar Cody Dickinson on drums, percussion and electric

washboard. The result is an album that truly reflects Austin’s goal of crafting a sonic document unconstrained by the limitations jamgrass, newgrass or whatever other names it wears.The Simple Truth captures the energy and excitement of that party, as well as the quiet

moments of contemplation that happen after guests leave. If one must give it a label,

Americana will do, but he prefers to call it, simply, “American music, written from my

experience as a 40-year-old guy in America.”