Jeff Austin - Simple Truth CD
Jeff Austin has been playing professionally for nearly 20 years, most of them as the vocalist mandolinist of the game changing bluegrass jam act Yonder Mountain String Band. Austin has long harbored urges to stretch out musicall and even cast a few pop hooks of his own. He finally makes the leap on The Simple Truth, his solo debut releasing Feb. 10th, 2015 and maiden voyage with Yep Roc Records. Accompanying him is an eager troupe of trustworthy fellow travelers chartered as the Jeff Austin Band. Danny Barnes of Bad Livers fame on banjo, guitars and vocals, Ross Martin on guitars, and Eric Thorin on basses and vocals, with North Mississippi Allstar Cody Dickinson on drums, percussion and electric washboard. The result is an album that truly reflects Austins goal of crafting a sonic document unconstrained by the limitations jamgrass, newgrass or whatever other names it wears. The Simple Truth captures the energy and excitement of that party, as well as the quiet moments of contemplation that happen after guests leave. If one must give it a label, Americana will do, but he prefers to call it, simply, American music, written from my experience as a 40 year old guy in America.