Yonder Mountain String Band's mandolinist with a hand-picked 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. Jeff has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In 1998, while working at a bar called The Verve in Nederland, Colorado, he and a group of friends formed The Yonder Mountain String Band, which created a wild, high-energy niche between the bluegrass legends of old and the up-and-coming jam band scene. “My time with Yonder has taught me what is possible,” Jeff says. “It has shown me that if you work hard at it and you believe in it and there’s a part of you that’s meant to do it, it will happen. It’s clichéd, but it’s true.” Now Jeff Austin moves into a new creative direction as a solo artist. On his forthcoming debut project, Jeff’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."