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$ 16.00 - $18.00 / Age 21 And Up

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"When I'm writing a song, it's not about the hot licks, it's about the voice and how it can be showcased from song to song," says musicianJeff Austin. His focus is on transporting his audience by way of his vocal: "It's the direct communication with the crowd - not just asking them how they're feeling, but bringing something out of them." For Austin, the act of speaking to people through his art really means using his voice.The career of the Colorado-based artist has already seen him break through jam and bluegrass scenes, play stages from The Fillmore Auditorium to Red Rocks Amphitheater, and outdoor events like Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, among many others. But with the launch of his solo career in 2014, Austin is now building on the foundations of previous ventures while honing his own sound and charting new courses."I've learned a lot from the people I've played with," says Austin who has shared stages with such luminaries asDel McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Earle Scruggs,Jon Fishman,andPhil Lesh. And it's artists such as these who have helped crystalize Austin's idea of what he wants to do as he moves forward with his eponymous project. "From both the rock side and the bluegrass side," he explains, "I've learned a lot about song structure, solo ideas, playing with guts, and being who you are."Although he considers the Jeff Austin Band his primary focus, the mandolinist and singer is also known for embracing collaborations. In 2004, he released a full-length album withChris Castino(The Big Wu) that featured guest appearances byNoam Pikelny, Darol Anger,andSally Van Meter. Just two short years later in 2006, Austin teamed withKeller WilliamsandKeith Moseleyto record a live album of bluegrass takes on Grateful Dead covers. The project, released under the nameGrateful Grass, benefited the Rex Foundation. And most recently, Austin revived30db- his project withBrendan BaylissofUmphrey's McGee.In truth, Austin only began playing the mandolin a few years before co-founding progressive bluegrass outfitYonder Mountain String Band, a group with whom he parted ways in 2014. And, picking prowess aside, Austin has always considered his voice to be his first instrument. He was drawn to singing from a young age, pursuing musical theater in high school and college. That passion is still evident in his approach to song craft.When it comes to dynamics and structure, Austin taps the variety of sounds and styles he's absorbed from theater, jamming, nearly twenty years of performance, and his love of experiencing live music as a fan. It's that inner concert enthusiast that binds him to his own audience and a powerful exchange between the stage and the crowd. "I hope they take with them exactly what I hope they leave with us," he says. "And that's inspiration."
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