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Yonder Mountain founder dies

Thursday, June 27, 2019 – Jeff Austin, a founding member of Yonder Mountain String Band, died on Wednesday at 45 in Seattle.

Austin had announced on Saturday that he would have to cancel appearances at three festivals due to a medical emergency.

Austin was born in Arlington Heights, Ill. on April 25, 1974. After attending the University of Cincinnati, he eventually made his way to Nederland, Col. While there, he formed Yonder Mountain, a bluegrass-based jam band, with Adam Aijala, Ben Kaufmann and Dave Johnston in 2014.

Austin was a member of Yonder Mountain until 2014. He left over creative differences.

Austin released his solo debut in February 2015 on Yep Roc, "The Simple Truth." He later toured as the Jeff Austin Band.

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