Jeff Austin Biography – Jeff Austin Wiki & Wikipedia
Jeff Austin is a mandolinist and singer best known for his role in the Yonder Mountain String Band.
Jeff spent his college studies at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music where he specialized in musical theater, voice, and dance theater.
As fate would have it, he met Dave Johnston and was asked to sing in The Bluegrassholes even though he had no bluegrass experience and played no instrument. When Jeff disclosed that he owned a mandolin, Dave told him to bring it along with the following advice:”Play anything,just play fast and loud.”
That was in 1996 and obviously Jeff is no stranger to the mandolin now! He studied by ear and points to Roland White, John Duffy, Sam Bush, and David Grisman as influences. “It’s all about inspiration and listening,” Jeff says. His goal is to take music where it has never gone before. “If we can put out enough energy to sustain a crowd without drums, and show them they can still dance their asses off, well, we’ve achieved our goal.”
Since April 2014, Austin has been forging his own solo career after departing the Yonder Mountain String Band. In a statement at the time, the rest of the band said that they were in “full support” of Austin’s solo efforts. Prior to his departure, Austin had been absent from many of the band’s shows thanks to the birth of his daughter.
Jeff Austin Age
He was born in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Jeff Austin Family – Jeff Austin Children
In a July 2018 interview with Westword, Austin spoke about his family saying, “Yes. I have three kids. I took a break from touring with Yonder Mountain in 2014 when my daughter was born. You make a lot of wrong decisions and some right ones. And the most right decision I ever made was to stay home with my newly born little girl. I didn’t grow up with a father, so I thought I should stay home and be a dad.”
Jeff Austin Death – Jeff Austin Suicide
Rumors about the death of mandolin player Jeff Austin flooded social media with some Netizens saying that he apparently committed suicide.
A statement was later posted on Jeff Austin’s Facebook page saying, “My friends… due to a to a medical emergency I am unfortunately unable to play my sets next week at ROMP music festival, Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival, and Smoky Run Music Festival. Thanks for your understanding and continued support.”
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West Coast! We are coming… Second weekend of our Fall Tour has us in some new cities for the band. Joined by our friends @deadwintercarpenters these nights will be music filled and freak fueled. Tickets on sale right now for all these shows…see you soon, my friends. 10/12 @whitneypeakhotel Cargo-Reno NV 10/13 @mystic_theatre – Petaluma CA 10/14 @cornerstoneberkeley – Berkeley CA 📷: Nancy Issac