Yonder Mountain String
Band have just put up a post on Facebook announcing the departure of mandolin player Jeff
Austin. The band will continue on with special guests throughout the rest of the year
and will have a new permanent lineup in 2015.
Austin will focus on his solo career moving forward. Yonder played a number of shows without Jeff earlier this year after the birth of his daughter. Here's the full text of the announcement:
Yonder Mountain String Band is all about family, and through the support of our family
of fans, we have been able to play music for you for the past 15 years. We couldn't be
more proud about our successes and experiences performing at the best venues and festivals
in the country, and for the most dedicated fans any band could ever wish to have. With
this said, YMSB would like to share some news about the future of the band. Collectively,
after long, heartfelt discussions, we've all decided to move forth with a newly formed
line-up due to varying career goals and creative pursuits. As of today, all future YMSB
shows will be performed with Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals), Ben Kaufmann (bass, vocals),
and David Johnston (banjo, vocals). We will welcome exciting special guests throughout the
rest of the year and we look forward to a new permanent line-up in 2015. YMSB fully
supports Jeff Austin and his emerging solo career.
Yonder Mountain String Band will perform all scheduled dates throughout 2014 with the new
line up and special guests. Jeff Austin will be announcing more dates for his solo
endeavors in the coming months. The band wants the fans to know that this decision did not
come easily, and we'll certainly keep all of our fans up to date with the new Yonder band-
member line-up information.
We greatly look forward to seeing everyone out on the road this Summer and Fall!
With Gratitude & Respect,
Ben, Jeff, Dave & Adam