The VizzTone label group is proud to present the new album from the Austin Young Band — Not So Simple, with a September 16, 2016 release date. This album is the highly anticipated follow-up to Austin’s 2013 VizzTone debut, Blue As Can Be, which brought him to national attention as one of the most exciting young faces in the blues. Hailing from Colorado, the Austin Young Band delivers their signature brand of high energy blues rock, with an emphasis on guitar virtuosity and a soulful, natural vocal delivery. This album also highlights Austin’s songwriting, which has become more personal, diverse and complex.
The Austin Young Band performs mostly as a power trio, featuring Alex Goldberg on bass and Forrest “the Rim Wrecker” Raup on drums. On the record they are occasionally augmented by organ or horns. The final track, “Angel Flying Home,” is a moving tribute to Austin’s father, to whom the record is dedicated, performed solo by Austin on electric guitar and vocals.
All songs are original compositions from Austin and the band, incorporating fresh elements of contemporary blues and rock that reflect Austin’s many influences, from classic blues heroes like Albert King and Hubert Sumlin to contemporary artists including the likes of Gary Clark, Jr., Eric Gales and Joe Bonamassa. Hints of wider influences can be heard in the songs, as Austin and the band draw from a broad palette of contemporary music. With an evolving and maturing style, the Austin Young Band incorporates the sheer honesty of the blues and performs it with a modern, high energy sound that breaks new ground while remaining faithful and always doing justice to its traditional roots.
AUSTIN YOUNG BAND/Not So Simple: Where are all these tyros coming from? Proving his 2013 set, when he was three years younger, was no fluke, this young shredder from Colorado is a white boy with the blues throughout that seems to be guided by the spirits of his late father and SRV. Unable not to play from the heart, this young un proves he’s a natchurl born badass. The power trio continues to be alive and well as well as in good hands. Check it out.
Chris Spector, Midwest Record
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