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Published: 2013/11/04

Yonder Mountain String Band Announce Winter Tour Without Jeff Austin

Yonder Mountain String Band has announced a 17 date winter tour that has the bluegrass quartet trekking across the Midwest and south beginning January 22 at Buster’s in Lexington, KY before coming to a close February 16 at the Canopy Club in Urbana, IL. The band will be without Jeff Austin, as he will be celebrating the birth of his child.

Yonder Mountain String Band will be joined by The Travelin’ McCourys for select shows, including stops at The Tabernacle in Atlanta as well as Yonder’s two-night jaunt in Asheville, NC. Ronnie McCoury and Jason Carter will perform with YMSB each night they open.

Yonder Ticketing will begin this Friday, November 8th at 12 noon local venue time, while general tickets will go on sale Friday, November 15 at noon local venue time.

Yonder Mountain String Band Winter Tour
January 22 Lexington, KY—Buster’s (with The Travelin’ McCourys)
January 23 Covington, KY—Madison Theater (with The Travelin’ McCourys)
January 24 Nashville, TN—Marathon Music Works (with The Travelin’ McCourys)
January 25 Atlanta, GA—The Tabernacle (with The Travelin’ McCourys)
January 29 Pensacola, FL—Vinyl Music Hall (with The Travelin’ McCourys)
January 30 Jacksonville, FL—Freebird Live (with The Travelin’ McCourys)
January 31 Fort Lauderdale, FL—Revolution (with The Travelin’ McCourys)
February 1 St. Petersburg, FL—Jannus Live (with The Travelin’ McCourys)
February 5 Charleston, SC—Music Farm (with The Travelin’ McCourys)
February 6 Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel (with The Travelin’ McCourys)
February 7 Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel (with The Travelin’ McCourys)
February 8 Knoxville, TN—The Tennessee Theatre
February 11 Charlottesville, VA—The Jefferson Theater (with The Travelin’ McCourys)
February 13 Indianapolis, IN—The Vogue
February 14 Columbus, OH—LC Pavilion
February 15 Madison, WI—The Orpheum Theater
February 16 Urbana, IL—Canopy Club (with The Travelin’ McCourys)

UPDATE: Jeff Austin issued this statement upon the announcement he wouldn’t be touring with the band:

Hello, friends…Jeff Austin here…just taking a minute to write and let you know of a few things coming up.

In late January 2014, my incredible wife and I are going to be welcoming the newest addition to our family into the world…a beautiful baby girl…an experience that we are both as excited about as new parents can be. This event also happens to coincide with the first Yonder Mountain tour of 2014. After much thought and a final decision by all parties involved, I wanted you all to know that I won’t be able to be a part of that tour. Nothing in this world is bigger in life than family…and in this case, not even the music I love so dearly.

Joining the band on that tour will be my brothers in life and music, The Travelin’ McCourys. I am humbled that some of my mentors will be taking up the reins and making music in my absence with the band I’ve given so much of my life to. Whereas I will miss feeding off the energy of all you incredible fans each night…getting to hear reports of them adding new life and energy to the music of Yonder Mountain is something I will relish in hearing from afar.

I want you to know that this decision was not something taken lightly. My family and I appreciate not only your understanding, love, and support during this time, but your confidence that this isn’t only the right decision to make…it is the only decision to make.

Dance hard, spread love, and give every single bit of your incredible energy to those musicians who will take my place. Show them what you are made of, Kinfolk.

Much love


There are 10 comments associated with this post

Steve b November 4, 2013, 17:48:42

Jeff it’s the only decision to make. I have a one month old girl myself and I only wish I was financially able to take my paternity leave. Take all the time and cherish every second. We can wait-

cosmickyle November 4, 2013, 19:48:17

Just read this while my wife nurses our 3 day old daughter. I also wish I could take that much time off. Good for you Jeff. Congrats

bizzle November 4, 2013, 20:21:56

yonder w/o jeff a. is not yonder. the rest of the guys should mellow out and wait for their leader to get back when he’s ready.

Giles November 4, 2013, 21:53:04

Glad Austin’s mellowing out. I’ve seen that guy do enough Peruvian marching powder to fill a submarine. Damn.

? November 5, 2013, 08:18:25

Do the shows where The Travelin’ MCourys aren’t scheduled to perform with, mean that Jeff will be there, or are these shows just Adam, Ben & Dave? No Jeff = No YMSB.
Certainly the right thing to do for Jeff. Enjoy life beautiful creation, Jeff & fam. Don’t stay away too long. You guys are hands down best touring act out there right now. Great effort given every show!

tellsemlikeIsmellsem!!!!!! November 5, 2013, 12:29:49

congrats to you, Jeff Austin!!!!! Hard to understand why your band is touring as Yonder Mountain and not under some other name though…...... so weird…..

Pones November 5, 2013, 18:19:29

Come on people, most of you who know ymsb’s music well, know they will be fine without jeff for a few shows. Good for Jeff for taking some time off, but this is not just his band. Each and every artist in yonder puts their mark on all they do. They started this band together and hopefully will end it together, but do not for once discount what all the other members do for your musical enjoyment. There is no yonder without any of the 4 members. Keep on, keepin on, you guys! It will be fun to see Ronnie and Jason sit in and see what they can come up with. Good times ahead.

Surber November 6, 2013, 10:26:58

Total bush league the band wouldn’t adjust the schedule to accomodate the birth of a child. This is nine months in the making, not enough time to figure it out?? Jeff handled this like a true gentlemen, the others in the band not so much.

Robbie November 6, 2013, 16:49:04

sorry – thats super weird for them to go out as Yonder w/o Jeff. Why not just do it as a side thing. Obviously a money thing and not much else.

Jerbear January 8, 2014, 10:24:57

Well said Jeff. You will be missed but good for you for knowing whats most important. I have 2 kids and can totally relate. Congrats to your family!

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