Northwest String Summit

String Summit enters its 13th year as a festival built around the extended family of Yonder Mountain String Band.  Obviously Jeff Austin has been a large part of our extended family but as is said, change in life is a good thing.  String Summit supports the band and their decision to remake themselves as well as Jeff’s decision to remake his own band and pursue his own career. As much as we will miss Jeff’s part in this,  Yonder Mountain has always been more than the sum of the parts and we still have Yonder Mountain in its new form.  Our family has not gone away.  The Kinfolk vibe continues and we are looking forward to one of the best String Summit’s yet. Stay tuned for even more lineup and special guest additions coming very soon!

From Yonder Mountain String Band “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. As of today, all future YMSB shows will be performed with Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals), Ben Kaufmann (bass, vocals), and David Johnston (banjo, vocals). We will welcome exciting special guests throughout the rest of the year and we look forward to a new permanent line-up in 2015. YMSB fully supports Jeff Austin and his emerging solo career.

Yonder Mountain String Band will perform all scheduled dates throughout 2014 with the new line up and special guests. Jeff Austin will be announcing more dates for his solo endeavors in the coming months. The band wants the fans to know that this decision did not come easily, and we’ll certainly keep all of our fans up to date with the new Yonder band-member line-up information.

We greatly look forward to seeing everyone out on the road this Summer and Fall!

With Gratitude & Respect,
Ben, Jeff, Dave & Adam ”