Yonder Mountain String Band announced today that mandolin player Jeff Austin is leaving the band to pursue his solo career.
In a message posted on the band’s website today, they wrote, “Yonder Mountain String Band is all about family, and through the support of our family of fans, we have been able to play music for you for the past 15 years. We couldn’t be more proud about our successes and experiences performing at the best venues and festivals in the country, and for the most dedicated fans any band could ever wish to have. With this said, YMSB would like to share some news about the future of the band. Collectively, after long, heartfelt discussions, we’ve all decided to move forth with a newly formed line-up due to varying career goals and creative pursuits … YMSB fully supports Jeff Austin and his emerging solo career.”
Adam Aijala, Ben Kaufmann and David Johnston will go forward with guest players for the shows scheduled for 2014. A new lineup will be solidified next year.