Head and the Heart Tours, Fear of Men Releases, and Yonder Mountain Splits – Weekly Roundup – Those Who Dig

April 25, 2014

| Those Who Dig

The Head and the Heart announce additional tour dates in support of their sophomore effort, Let’s Be Still released last October, mostly in the L.A. area but also their first show ever in Hawaii at Honolulu’s The Republik. Hawaii sounds like a lovely place, but I’ve heard once you live there, you never see a big concert again, so hooray from them. See their website for all tour dates.

Fear of Men Releases Loom and Tour US

UK ethereal rockers, Fear of Men, release their long-awaited debut album, Loom,  is now available on iTunes! They’re currently tearing across the US with an upcoming stop in Minneapolis on 4/29 playing at Triple Rock.

Yonder Mountain String Band Loses Their Mandolin Player

Here is their unabridged full statement.

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

I’m not sure I know how I feel about this. Jeff was a polarizing figure. I’ve heard reactions ranging from heartbreak to celebration. I do know one thing for sure. I’ve seen YMSB play 5 times and the last few weren’t nearly as good as the first few. I’m excited to see who they find to replace Jeff though, and this will probably make me give them another chance. Take that with as many grains of salt as needed.

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