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Jeff Austin (formerly of YMSB) has had a “medical emergency.” Update: He has now passed away.


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Lots of rumours flying around this morning that Jeff Austin, former mandolin player and frontman of Yonder Mountain String Band, took his own life last night. No confirmation either way at this point, but the longer his camp is silent, the worse it looks. Sending thoughts to everyone close to him. 

Edit: I changed the title of the thread to reflect that he has not passed away. 

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Yonder played the main stage at Telluride yesterday. They played “Half Moon Rising,” which was the first song on their first album and went out of rotation when Jeff left the band. Here’s what a tearful Ben Kaufmann said when introducing it:

Twenty years ago me, Dave and Adam and Jeff Austin stood on this stage and we shared our music with you for the first time. We woke up today and the internet was on fire with rumors and speculation about our brother Jeff Austin. And what we can say is that he is still with us. What is appropriate right now: if you’re a prayer, send prayers his way. If you’re a lover, send love his way. If you’re a healer, send energy his way. This is what we’re going to send his way.


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There’s now a fundraising site:




Thanks for your care and concern over the past days.  Your outpouring of support is genuinely appreciated.  Know that when Jeff and his family are prepared to detail any news, you’ll be able to find that here, and on Jeff’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JeffAustinOfficial/
What we can share at this time, is that Jeff is in Seattle with his family,  receiving the best care possible. Please consider showing your support, and love by contributing to his medical fund.  
Thanks very much.  Much love to all.


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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a beloved family member, mandolinist, singer, songwriter and founder of The Jeff Austin Band, and Yonder Mountain String Band, Jeff Austin.  Austin passed away June 24, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. He was son of Eileen Austin, husband to Devlyn, and father to Lily Rose (12), Penelope (5), and Jude Patrick (2).  He was a dear friend whose music touched the lives of so many, and will be sorely missed.  If you would like to make a contribution to help his family, please visit


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  • 1 month later...

This should be a great night of tribute....too far away but nonetheless


Artists include:

Bill Nershi, Billy Strings, Brendan Bayliss, Greensky Bluegrass, Hot Rize, The Infamous Stringdusters, Keith Moseley, Keller Williams, Leftover Salmon (Acoustic), Members of the Jeff Austin Band, Mimi Naja, Kyle Tuttle, Jean-Luc Davis, Julian Davis, Railroad Earth, The Travelin’ McCourys, Yonder Mountain String Band and more!

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