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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2015

JEFF AUSTIN BAND
PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR
“LIVING IN BETWEEN,” ADDS NATIONAL TOUR DATES,
SETS LIVE TWITTER CHAT


Jeff Austin schedules live Twitter session for Monday, February 9th,
the eve of his solo debut, The Simple Truth

BOULDER, Colo. — To celebrate the announcement of their 2015 west coast tour, Jeff Austin Band premieres the video for “Living in Between.” The new song was filmed at Town Hall in Boulder, Colorado and offers a glimpse of what is to come from the Jeff Austin Band.

“Living in Between” video link:
http://bit.ly/LivingInBetween

In addition, Jeff Austin, @JeffreyAustin10, will discuss his upcoming (February 10th) release of The Simple Truth by hosting a live Twitter conversation. The Jeff Austin live Twitter discussion will begin on February 9th at Midnight ET/9 p.m. PS.

The Simple Truth, the band’s debut on Yep Roc Records, features guest appearances from Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Brendan Bayliss (Umphrey’s McGee), Andy Hall (Infamous Stringdusters) and Jenn Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) plus songwriting contributions from Sarah Siskind, Benny Galloway, and Todd Snider. The Jeff Austin Band includes Danny Barnes on banjo, guitarist Ross Martin, and bass player Eric Thorin.

Bluegrass Today cited Austin’s “eclectic song choices and arrangements, reflecting Jeff’s range of musical interests.” The Bluegrass Situation “can’t wait to hear more of his genre-bending tunes.”
Jeff Austin Band recently added spring tour dates including stops in San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland. In March the band teams up with the Travelin’ McCourys featuring Bill Nershi for The Road to DelFest mini-tour; the two ensembles will perform at the Brooklyn Bowl on March 4 before performing in Ardmore, Pa., Washington D.C., and Charlottesville, Va. Jeff Austin will play solo at SXSW in Austin, Texas in mid-March and Springfest in Fl.

JEFF AUSTIN BAND ON TOUR:
Fri.-Sat., Jan. 16-17 TELLURIDE, CO Sheridan Opera House
Sun., Jan. 18 ASPEN, CO Wheeler Opera House
Fri., Feb. 6 DENVER, CO Bluebird Theater
Sat., Feb. 7 BOULDER, CO Fox Theatre
Tues., Feb. 10 KANSAS CITY, MO Knuckleheads Saloon
Wed., Feb. 11 SPRINGFIELD, IL Donnie's Homespun
Thurs., Feb. 12 COVINGTON, KY Madison Theater
Fri., Feb. 13 CHICAGO, IL Thalia Hall
Sat., Feb. 14 COLUMBUS, OH Park Street Saloon
Sun., Feb. 15 LOUISVILLE, KY The New Vintage
Wed., Feb. 18 BOWLING GREEN, KY The Warehouse at Mount Victor
Thurs., Feb. 19 MEMPHIS, TN Minglewood Hall
Fri., Feb. 20 FAYETTEVILLE, AR George's Majestic Lounge
Sat., Feb. 21 TULSA, OK Tulsa Shrine
Sun., Feb. 22 AVON, CO Winter Wonder Grass Festival
Wed., Mar. 4 BROOKLYN, NY Brooklyn Bowl
Thurs., Mar. 5 ARDMORE, PA Ardmore Music Hall
Fri., Mar. 6 WASHINGTON D.C. 9:30 Club
Sat., Mar. 7 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA Jefferson Theater
Sun., Mar. 8 CHARLESTON, WV Mountain Stage - Culture Center Theater
NEWLY ADDED DATES
Sat., Mar. 21 LIVE OAK, FL Suwannee Springfest|
Sun., Mar. 22 LIVE OAK, FL Suwannee Springfest
Thur. Apr. 23 SALT LAKE CITY, UT State Room
Fri., Apr. 24 CRYSTAL BAY, NV Crystal Bay Club w/The T Sisters
Sat. Apr. 25 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Great American Music Hall w/The T Sisters
Sun., Apr. 26 AUBURN, CA Auburn Events Center
Wed., Apr. 29 EUGENE, OR WOW Hall
Thur., Apr. 30 BEND, OR Domino Room
Fri., May 1 PORTLAND, OR Wonder Ballroom
Sat., May 2 SEATTLE, WA Neptune Theater w/Fruitition
Sat., Apr. 18 DRIFTWOOD, TX Old Settler’s Music Fest
Fri., May 22 THORNVILLE, OH Dark Star Jubilee
Sat., May 23 CUMBERLAND, MD DelFest
Sun., May 24 CUMBERLAND, MD DelFest
Fri., June 12 EAU CLAIRE, WI Blue Ox Festival
Sat., June 13 ONTARIO, CA Huck Finn Jubilee
Fri., June 26 IDAHO SPRINGS, CO Clear Creek Rapidgrass Music Festival
Sat., June 27 IDAHO SPRINGS, CO Clear Creek Rapidgrass Music Festival
Thu., July 23 FLOYD, VA Floydfest
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2015

JEFF AUSTIN BAND
ANNOUNCES 2015 WINTER TOUR

On the heels of his genre-blurring solo debut, The Simple Truth,
Austin is joined by his band and album collaborators
Danny Barnes, Ross Martin, and Eric Thorin;
Jeff Austin Band to tour throughout 2015
in support of album’s February 10 release

BOULDER, Colo. — The Jeff Austin Band will start the new year with a series of shows in Colorado before hitting the road in earnest in 2015. The initial tour dates in January and February focus on the Midwest. In March the band teams up with the Travelin’ McCourys featuring Bill Nershi for The Road to DelFest mini-tour; the two groups will perform at the Brooklyn Bowl on March 4 before making stops in Ardmore, Pa., Washington D.C., and Charlottesville, Va.

The crackling new Jeff Austin Band, featuring long-time collaborator Danny Barnes on banjo and guitar, guitarist Ross Martin, and bass player Eric Thorin, played their first sold-out show last October at Mississippi Studios in Portland, Ore. “This is it. This is the band. We’re here and we’re focused,” singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Austin says with glee about his handpicked ensemble.

Bluegrass Today cited Austin’s “eclectic song choices and arrangements, reflecting Jeff’s range of musical interests.” The Bluegrass Situation “can’t wait to hear more of his genre-bending tunes.”

The Simple Truth, the group’s 2015 debut solo album and Austin’s first recording for Yep Roc Records, is no simple affair. Here, instead of familiar jam band motifs, listeners will find hints of power pop, country ballads, bluegrass and rock. Assisting the band is an array of acclaimed guests including Todd Snider, Jenn Hartswick, Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee, Sarah Siskind, and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars. His legions of fans have long known of Austin’s eclectic musical influences from his time as the dynamic front man and predominate songwriter for Yonder Mountain String Band.

The Simple Truth is available for pre-order at iTunes .

JEFF AUSTIN BAND ON TOUR:
Fri.-Sat., Jan. 16-17 TELLURIDE, CO Sheridan Opera House
Sun., Jan. 18 ASPEN, CO Wheeler Opera House
Fri., Feb. 6 DENVER, CO Bluebird Theater
Sat., Feb. 7 BOULDER, CO Fox Theatre
Tues., Feb. 10 KANSAS CITY, MO Knuckleheads Saloon
Wed., Feb. 11 SPRINGFIELD, IL Donnie's Homespun
Thurs., Feb. 12 COVINGTON, KY Madison Theater
Fri., Feb. 13 CHICAGO, IL Thalia Hall
Sat., Feb. 14 COLUMBUS, OH Park Street Saloon
Sun., Feb. 15 LOUISVILLE, KY The New Vintage
Wed., Feb. 18 BOWLING GREEN, KY The Warehouse at Mount Victor
Thurs., Feb. 19 MEMPHIS, TN Minglewood Hall
Fri., Feb. 20 FAYETTEVILLE, AR George's Majestic Lounge
Sat., Feb. 21 TULSA, OK Tulsa Shrine
Sun., Feb. 22 AVON, CO Winter Wonder Grass Festival|
Wed., Mar. 4 BROOKLYN, NY Brooklyn Bowl
Thurs., Mar. 5 ARDMORE, PA Ardmore Music Hall
Fri., Mar. 6 WASHINGTON D.C. 9:30 Club
Sat., Mar. 7 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA Jefferson Theater
Sun., Mar. 8 CHARLESTON, WV Mountain Stage - Culture Center Theater

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2014

JEFF AUSTIN THE SIMPLE TRUTH OUT FEBRUARY 10, 2015 ON YEP ROC

A genre-blurring solo debut with Danny Barnes, Ross Martin, Eric Thorin and Cody Dickinson, the Royal Horns and special guests

BOULDER, Colo. — “This is it. This is the band. We’re here and we’re focused,” singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Jeff Austin says with glee. He’s referring to his handpicked ensemble, the Jeff Austin Band. The group features long-time collaborator Danny Barnes on banjo and guitar, guitarist Ross Martin, bass player Eric Thorin, and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars on percussion.

The Simple Truth, the group’s 2015 debut solo album and Austin’s first recording for Yep Roc Records, is no simple affair. His legions of fans have long known of Austin’s eclectic musical influences. Here, instead of familiar jam band motifs, listeners will find hints of power pop, country ballads, bluegrass and rock. Assisting the band is an array of acclaimed guests including Todd Snider, Jenn Hartswick, Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee and Sarah Siskind.

Austin began recording the demos that would comprise The Simple Truth with Nick Forster (of eTown and Hot Rize fame) in December of 2013. In March of 2014, the group spent around ten days recording the bulk of the album’s tracks. Though the Jeff Austin Band is a new project, Austin is quick to point out that each member had a rich history of collaborating onstage and off.

“When I did Jeff Austin and Friends shows,” he remembers, “Eric was always the bass player. I love great solos but if a band can move at the same rhythmic pace, I get off on that as much as anything else. Eric and I move at the same pace as each other.

“Through Eric, Ross came into the fold,” Austin adds. “They’ve been playing music together for 20 years. So when we all got together, that’s what hit us.”

Austin’s connection to Danny Barnes, the famed Bad Livers banjo player and now avant-garde “barnyard electronics” experimenter, goes back even further. It’s hard not to hear the album funky down-home title track without hearing the hallmarks of Barnes. “Danny and I have been playing for at least ten years,” Jeff says. “I remember in the mid-’90s working on the radio in Champaign, Ill. They had all these cassettes in the studio room and I had just found bluegrass music. I heard the Bad Livers and said, ‘That’s the kind of bluegrass I like.’ There was a darkness there, a different tone to it. It sort of changed the way I thought bluegrass had to be played.”

“When I hear this music,” Austin says of The Simple Truth, “I hear Danny’s sensibility on it. You’re looking at 20 years ago, when a twenty-something-year-old kid working radio heard something and the switch was flipped. And now he’s standing right there, creating this music with me in real time. The simple fact of that is pretty mind blowing for me.”

Austin’s rock leanings can be found on the album’s opener, “What the Night Brings.” “We recorded that all together, live, there was something about that take,” he says. “It was played in a bluegrass style for so long, but that’s how that song was originally intended. The hook that rolls through it, the big drum, the big electric guitar … this is how it sounded in my head all along, for years. It was a moment of making this statement as clear as possible.”

Sarah Siskind’s impact, in particular, can be heard throughout the project, from the tender “Falling Stars” to “Over and Over,” a tune Austin co-wrote with the famed Nashville songwriter. “She changed everything,” he says of Siskind. “To say I’m a fan of her songwriting is a terrible understatement. She’s done something that I’ve only seen John Prine do, where gender has nothing to do with it. The emotions are straight across the board.”

Austin initially connected with Siskind thanks to a bout of writer’s block. He contacted the esteemed singer-songwriter via email when he couldn’t wrap up “Over and Over.” “I had chords for that song for over a year,” he says. “I had the beginning of the first verse, too. I was stuck and I was completely landlocked. “I was driving somewhere, listening to Sarah’s records and I said, ‘I think I know what I need to do.’ I typed out what I had, I made her a demo and a couple of days later I opened my little digital mailbox and there were a couple of emails from her.”

“It was absolutely lovely,” Austin says of her contribution. “ It took me a half day to recover from it, it was that strong of an impression. Over the course of a week, it was there. I thought, ‘Holy crap, we just digitally wrote this song together.’”

Siskind not only co-wrote the heartfelt “Over and Over,” she eventually contributed vocals to the album. Austin is excited that in 2015 she’ll even be opening and playing with the Jeff Austin Band on a few select dates. “I have this dream in my mind of her and Ross and Danny playing triple electric guitars with Cody on drums and me with a shit-eating grin, standing behind them all,” he says with a laugh.

Despite all the collaborations, Austin is quick to point out that he’s not letting go of his famed mandolin (an exquisite Nugget mandolin handmade by luthier Mike Kemnitzer) anytime soon. You can hear its chords on the album’s rock inspired opener and throughout the album. “On this record you notice that the mandolin is scattered about,” he explains. “I wanted to sing these songs without worrying if I have to do a solo here or figure out a riff for this part. I wanted to sing songs the best I could, tap into a lot of emotions that I haven’t ventured to in a while.”

It’s hard not to notice Austin’s enthusiasm for the new project. “As the primary writer and singer, my name may be attached to the thing, but this is everybody’s band,” he says. “To see the work these guys are doing on a nightly basis, embedding themselves and the dedication to work, it’s ridiculous. It’s a cool thing to be a part of.”

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