Early next year Yonder
Mountain String Band will hit the road for a just-announced Winter Tour. For the first
17 shows the group will perform without Jeff Austin, who will be celebrating "a special
time with family" as he will soon be a father. The Travelin'
McCourys will play nearly every date with YMSB as Ronnie McCoury and Jason Carter will
perform with them each night.
Yonder issued a statement explaining the unusual setup:
We’re very pleased to announce the dates for the first leg of our 2014 Winter Tour!
Nothing is more important to Yonder Mountain than family. This in mind, we proudly stand
behind our brother in arms, Jeff Austin, as he celebrates a very special time with his
family. Please check out the personal note from Jeff below with this exciting news.
Yonder Mountain will forge forth without Jeff for these first 17 shows of 2014, however
Jeff will join us for the next leg of our 2014 tour dates, details to be announced soon.
Our good friends The Travelin’ McCourys join us for nearly every date on the tour, with
Ronnie McCoury and Jason Carter performing with us each night. We will have some other
friends join the line up in Knoxville, Indianapolis, Columbus, and Madison. This tour will
bring Yonder back to the deep south, including dates in KY, TN, and GA, plus four shows in
Florida before traveling north along the east coast to SC, NC, and VA until we finally
turn inland to wrap things up in the heart of the midwest. Tickets will presale through
Yonder Ticketing this Friday, November 8th at 12 noon local venue time, with the general
onsale a week later on Friday, November 15th at 12 noon local venue time.
Austin also issued a statement:
Hello, friends…Jeff Austin here…just taking a minute to write and let you know of a few
things coming up.
In late January 2014, my incredible wife and I are going to be welcoming the newest
addition to our family into the world…a beautiful baby girl…an experience that we are both
as excited about as new parents can be. This event also happens to coincide with the first
Yonder Mountain tour of 2014. After much thought and a final decision by all parties
involved, I wanted you all to know that I won’t be able to be a part of that tour. Nothing
in this world is bigger in life than family…and in this case, not even the music I love so
Joining the band on that tour will be my brothers in life and music, The Travelin’
McCourys. I am humbled that some of my mentors will be taking up the reins and making
music in my absence with the band I’ve given so much of my life to. Whereas I will miss
feeding off the energy of all you incredible fans each night…getting to hear reports of
them adding new life and energy to the music of Yonder Mountain is something I will relish
in hearing from afar.
I want you to know that this decision was not something taken lightly. My family and I
appreciate not only your understanding, love, and support during this time, but your
confidence that this isn’t only the right decision to make…it is the only decision to
Dance hard, spread love, and give every single bit of your incredible energy to those
musicians who will take my place. Show them what you are made of, Kinfolk.
Here's the full list of dates:
1/22 - Lexington, KY @ Buster’s #
1/23 - Covington, KY @ Madison Theater #
1/24 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works #
1/25 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle #
1/29 - Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall #
1/30 - Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live #
1/31 - Ft. Lauderdale,FL @ Revolution #
2/1 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live #
2/5 - Charleston, SC @ Music Farm #
2/6 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel #
2/7 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel #
2/8 - Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
2/11 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater #
2/13 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
2/14 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
2/15 - Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
2/16 - Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club #
# - with The Travelin' McCourys