Yonder Mountain String Band has just announced a full 17 date tour this coming January & February but there is a bit of a twist this time around…

Jeff Austin, the band’s iconic mandolin madman, is sitting this one out to spend time with his family. Joining YMSB on the road will be The Travelin’ McCourys.

See the note below followed by the full list of tour stops.

A note from Jeff…

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

YMSB 2014 Winter Tour

1/22 – Lexington, KY – Buster’s #
1/23 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater #
1/24 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works #
1/25 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle #
1/29 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall #
1/30 – Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live #
1/31 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution #
2/1 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live #
2/5 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm #
2/6 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel #
2/7 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel #
2/8 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
2/11 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater #
2/13 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
2/14 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
2/15 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater
2/16 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club #

# with The Travelin’ McCourys: Check out www.yondermountain.com/tour for tickets and details.