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Watch The Jeff Austin Band and The Travelin’ McCourys perform “Althea” at a 2016 Grateful Ball Tour stop in Washington, D.C.
Watch official video of The Grateful Ball featuring The Travelin’ McCourys and The Jeff Austin Band covering the Grateful Dead’s “Loser.”
Check out photos and videos from the Philadelphia area stop of the Grateful Ball featuring the Jeff Austin Band and The Travelin’ McCourys.
The Jeff Austin Band has undergone another lineup change as banjo player Ryan Cavanaugh has exited the group
The pair of acts will come together for a joint run of shows featuring full set from each band and collaborative set with both groups together covering the Grateful Dead.
Hot on the heels of guest-filled Bluegrass Balls in Colorado, The Travelin’ McCourys have announced a special Grateful Dead tribute with the Jeff Austin Band.
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About Jeff Austin Band
Mandolinist Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion.
Austin’s enthusiasm for the vast, vibrant world of music was rooted in him as early as he can remember: “I was always raised very musically. My mom always had music playing; she always sang.” It’s no surprise then that Austin himself grew up singing too. From beginning to end of his years in grade school just outside of Chicago, he sang in classes, choirs, and musicals, allowing his musical influences to lead him where they may. “I started listening to Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings,” Austin says. “And then the Beatles, that turned into Bob Dylan, and then the Grateful Dead and Phish.”
It is with this rich personal history at his back that propels Austin into a new creative direction as he prepares to step into the spotlight as a solo artist. On his forthcoming debut project, Austin’s songwriting remains rooted in Americana inspiration and the frantic energy of the jam genre but also, reaches even further weaving in more mainstream themes, reminiscent of his co-write contribution “Fiddlin’ Around,” that was featured on the 2010 Grammy nominated Dierks Bentley album, Up on the Ridge. While the upcoming, untitled solo effort is still a work in progress, it can already be summed up succinctly as Austin’s love letter to storytelling. “I love writing a three-minute song with a hook that would grab a five-hundred-pound marlin as much as I like writing something that goes, ‘okay, after the bridge, it’s going to open up and just go wide.'”
Indeed, “wide” is what Jeff Austin is all about. He wants new and different, complex and interesting. He wants everything the music world has to offer, and he’s willing to work hard to get it.
Jeff Austin will head to the studio and hit the road with a new band, comprised of Austin, Danny Barnes (banjo and vocals), Eric Thorin (bass and vocals) and Ross Martin (guitar and vocals). They will be taking to the road starting in early May 2014 (new dates here) and also working on a new studio recording in March 2014. Please visit JeffAustin.com for more information and to download the live show.