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ACL Preview: Interview with Jeff Austin of YMSB

Posted by admin On September - 22 - 2008

-A.S. I interviewed Jeff Austin at the start of the summer, and never really used much of it aside from a quote or two for the festival season preview and some banter on the Cubs for Festival Crashers. With them playing at ACL, it seemed as good of a time as any to post the rest of the interview.

Andy Shore: Do enjoy the festival scene?

Jeff Austin: Of course, hell yeah. It’s great to get yourselves to people that you might not get to expose yourself to you. I don’t know if that’s the appropriate way to put it. People come up to us and say I’m not usually into that kind of music, but I really dug you guys. In that way it’s really valuable. Another great thing is the experiences with people in your line of work. Sitting in with other musicians or them sitting in with you. It’s also a great way to help a band grow.

AS: Who are your favorite people you have gotten the chance to play with?

JA: Shit man. I’d say having to go all the way back to the day my three favorite are Darol Anger, who helped formulate my musical brain. He’s a freakin’ pioneer. Him and John Fishman and Keller Williams. If I had to pick it down to 3. Not only is it a true freakin’ pleasure to play with them, they’re true friends and great freakin’ guys. We were discussing it last night, and we got 50-60 names deep and were like jeez. They’re buddies. I call Keller and see how it’s going. With John and Daryl, they played music that helped formulate musically what I want to do. Made me realize what I wanted to do with my life. I get to share a stage with them.

AS: I’ve heard you are going to do an album with Brendan Bayliss, how is that coming along?

JA: Our schedule is really interesting. I’d say if you were to look at it, we’re probably two of the more aggressive touring bands out there. It’s been a bitch and a half to get some time slotted in. About a year ago we went in and laid down some basic tracks. We listened to it six months later and decided mutually that it could be better. We have a pile of songs. Hopefully, we’ll get cracking on it this year. It seems so strange to say this year, but I can tell you in detail what I’m doing until February of next year. Sneaking in time is hard. It’s been rough but it’s definitely on the front burner. We really believe in the music we’ve been writing together. We’re both good Irish Catholic boys, we know what it means to make a promise.

AS: What do you feel about the state of bluegrass music?

The blue grass music scene right now honestly bores the hell out of me. I’m completely leveling with you. There’s so many musicians who I don’t know if they’re bored or just phoning it in. There’s this sound and it all sounds the same. Everybody’s playing this lick and that guitar and I’m dying for bluegrass band to play with some balls and not only brains. I would be happy to see that. Clean, fantastic, boring. Don’t people want a little excitement? This is an aggressive, emotional, flowing music form. What the hell happened? Do something on your own. We’re far from the deadest true outline. I hope people try to recognize we’re trying to do our own thing.

1 Response

  1. Matthew Said,

    i love his thoughts on the bluegrass scene, probably cause i feel the same way.

    i do appreciate you yonder and you do go try and shake things up, much appreciated!

    Posted on September 24th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

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