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Jeff Austin Band feat. Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin & Ross Martin Get Tickets Jeff Austin Band feat. Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin & Ross Martin

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Jeff Austin formerly of Yonder Mountain String Band, plays the Sheridan Opera House with Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin for a two-night run in January 2015. Mandolinist Jeff Austin is unstoppable — known as the former high-energy charismatic front band of one of Telluride's favorite bluegrass jambands YMSB. 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. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion. Austin’s enthusiasm for the vast, vibrant world of music was rooted in him as early as he can remember: “I was always raised very musically. My mom always had music playing; she always sang.” It’s no surprise then that Austin himself grew up singing too. From beginning to end of his years in grade school just outside of Chicago, he sang in classes, choirs, and musicals, allowing his musical influences to lead him where they may. “I started listening to Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings,” Austin says. “And then the Beatles, that turned into Bob Dylan, and then the Grateful Dead and Phish.”