Jeff Austin and The Here and Now @ City Winery 3/7/14 - The Barn Presents

Not even fatherhood can keep a good man down.

While Jeff Austin sat out a recent Yonder Mountain String Band run to stay home with his newborn daughter, he couldn’t resist just a small run of shows with The Here & Now at the beginning of March, marking some of the last scheduled appearances for the configuration of Danny Barnes, Larry and Jenny Keel (he’ll tour with Barnes and a few new faces starting in May).

Read more, stream and download the show at The Barn Presents.

Photo Credit: Tom Harmon

Posted on March 14, 2014 .

Jeff Austin Staying Busy - Bluegrass Today

When we published a review of Yonder Mountain String Band’s show in Charlottesville, VA recently, we noted that mandolinist Jeff Austin was absent, owing to the recent birth of a daughter, Penelope.

So there was no surprise when we caught up with him for an interview a few days later, that she was the first thing on his mind. Jeff mentioned that it was good to be sleep-deprived, but for all the right reasons. New parents will understand exactly what he means.

But duty calls, and Austin is back on the road next week for a string of dates with Here & Now, before heading into the studio for his first solo project.

Here & Now finds Jeff with Larry and Jenny Keel (guitar and bass, respectively), and Danny Barnes on banjo. They have four more dates in early March before everyone starts touring in earnest with their own groups, and Austin says he can’t wait.

Read the full story at Bluegrass Today here.

Posted on February 27, 2014 .

Jeff Austin at the Targhee Music Camp

Jeff will be playing and teaching a workshop at the Targhee Music Camp in Alta, WY on August 4th-7th. Learn more about this great event here.

Visit the tour page and find out more about Jeff's workshop here.

Posted on February 24, 2014 .

Free Download - Jeff Austin and the Here and Now Live at Elk's Lodge

Late in the evening of August 30th, 2013... or, was it early in the morning of August 31st?

Danny Barnes, Larry Keel, Jenny Keel and myself were led into the Elk's Lodge of Troy, Ohio to play a late night show for a packed room of folks who had spent their day in the blazing late summer sun...enjoying themselves to the fullest.

We wondered if they had anything left in the tank...

By God, did they ever.

Through the sweat, the endless toasts, the folks who faded in the heat of the crowded room...

I hope you enjoy a few hours of bluegrass fun between me and some of my dearest friends.

Late night from holding back now, folks.

Listen and download below or download the whole set here.

Posted on February 12, 2014 .

A Note from Jeff - New Band, New Tour, New Project


Sometimes, when you ask the universe for new inspiration…

 It delivers in the most amazing of ways.

 I'm proud to announce the lineup for the band that I'll be traveling with on my solo shows:

 Danny Barnes: Banjo and Vocals 

 Eric Thorin: Bass and Vocals

 Ross Martin: Guitar and Vocals

 Not only will we be taking to the road starting in early May 2014 (new dates here) and continuing through the rest of the year, but, we are also excited to tell you that we will be heading into the studio to begin recording together in March 2014. We will be joined by countless friends, heroes, and mentors as we set out to make a record to shake things up a bit…to stretch the limits of where this music can take all of us.

 If you aren't familiar with these musicians…well, get to know them! Having them aboard to share these new songs and ideas with all of you has inspired me in the most amazing ways…

 And, I hope it does the same for you.


Much love,


Posted on February 12, 2014 .

Jeff Austin Releases Theme Song From "I Know That Voice"

Available now, Jeff Austin's theme song for the groundbreaking documentary, "I Know That Voice." He brings the energy from the movie straight into the song, conjuring up the characters and emotion that got Saturday mornings going and fueled our late night cartoon laughter.

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Grab the track on iTunes here.

Get the whole documentary here.

Posted on January 14, 2014 .