The Travelin’ McCourys and Jeff Austin Band team up for a set of Grateful Dead songs with each group playing separately followed by a show-closing collaboration.
The Travelin’ McCourys are an offshoot of the Del McCoury Band, featuring all current members of the band, minus Del. They have played SMF with and without Del, most recently in 2013 as the Travelin’ McCourys with guitarist Keller Williams. Equally adept at playing traditional and progressive acoustic music, the band includes Del’s sons—mandolinist Ronnie McCoury and banjoist Rob McCoury—with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram. In their lifelong dedication to bring the power of bluegrass into people’s lives, this band is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful, while combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.
Jeff Austin is a Colorado-based mandolinist and singer who was a founding member of the Yonder Mountain String Band. Now leading his own group, Austin taps the variety of sounds and styles that he has absorbed from theater, jamming, and nearly twenty years of performing. Be prepared to hear such Dead favorites as “Cumberland Blues,” “Althea,” “Loser,” “Brown Eyed Women” and other classics.” Jeff Austin blew the crowd away with his standout, electro-driven bluegrass…Austin and his bandmates have reinvented Americana music in a way that moves the genre forward” (Jambase.com).