Jeff Austin Drops New Track, "What the Night Brings", Announces New Album (audio) (Premiere)

Jeff Austin's latest tune, "What the Night Brings", is perfect for fans of '90s country music. It's but a small taste of what's to come on his new album, The Simple Truth.

I first heard Jeff Austin perform "What the Night Brings" at RCA Studios in Nashville, during the week of the 2014 Americana Music Festival. That performance, during which Austin played the song accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, gave the song a reflective, somewhat somber mood. The album version of the song, by contrast, hearkens back to the sounds of '90s country radio.

Austin tells PopMatters more about the tune: "I wrote 'What The Night Brings' on my living room couch in about fifteen minutes. It was just one of those songs...once it started coming to the surface all I had to do was keep up with it. It was written at the end of three pretty rough days...late nights, early, my headspace was pretty raw. I just wrote my exact emotions of that exact's as honest as it gets."

Stream "What the Night Brings" below:

"What the Night Brings" is the first track off of Austin's forthcoming studio album, The Simple Truth. Check out the details below:

The Simple Truth

Yep Roc

Produced by Jeff Austin

Engineered by James Tuttle

Recorded at E Town Studios-Boulder, CO

Mixed by John Keane at Keane Recording Studios-Athens, GA

Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering-Boulder, CO

1. What The Night Brings (Austin) - Brendan Bayliss (vocals)

2. Simple Truth (Austin) - Jenn Hartswick (vocals), The Royal Horns (Marc Franklin-trumpet, Lannie McMillian-tenor, Jim Spake-baritone)

3. Scrapbook Pages (Austin/Galloway) - Sarah Siskind (vocals), Andy Hall (dobro)

4. Fiddling Around (Camp/Sherrill/Austin) - Jason Carter (fiddle)

5. 15 Steps (Austin) - Jenn Hartswick (vocals,trumpet)

6. Over and Over (Austin/Siskind) - Sarah Siskind (vocals), John Keane (pedal steel)

7. Gatling Gun (Austin/Snider)

8. Run Down (Austin/Johnston)

9. Shake Me Up (Austin) - Jenn Hartswick (vocals), The Royal Horns (Marc Franklin-trumpet, Lannie McMillian-tenor, Jim Spake-baritone)

10. Falling Stars (Siskind) - Sarah Siskind (vocals), John Keane (pedal steel)


Jeff Austin-vocals, mandolin, guitar

Danny Barnes-banjo, guitars, vocals

Ross Martin-guitars

Eric Thorin-basses, vocals

Cody Dickinson-drums, percussion, electric washboard

Additional performances recorded at:

Royal Studios-Memphis, TN

Big Room Studios-Chicago, IL

Battle Tapes-Nashville, TN

Wendell's Bassment-Boulder, CO

Red Request Studios-Beech Grove, VA

Minner Bucket Studios-Irondale, WA






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