Three Iterations of Austin
Although initially billed as a Jeff Austin/Benny Galloway show, Friday night’s performance at St. Olaf’s College in Northfield, MN became a Jeff Austin solo gig. With Galloway otherwise occupied, Austin took the stage by himself for two sets which included a bit of storytelling, some mandolin talk and a range of material (from his own compositions to songs by Galloway, Tim O’Brien, Rolling Stones and others). From here Austin flew to North Carolina where he did indeed join Galloway for two dates, one of which included an appearance by former John Hartford collaborator, clawhammer-style banjo player Bob Carlin. Tonight Austin performs in yet another context, joining Chris Castino at the Lilac festival in Rochester, NY with gigs to follow through Saturday.