Born and raised in a small mountain town in western North Carolina, Austin Coleman’s Appalachian roots are evident in his songwriting. He was the lead singer and guitarist through college for alt-rock band Jonah’s Rebellion, but has since moved on to a solo career.
Austin moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 2013, and started working on his debut album, ‘Tusquittee Rain’, released three years later, in early 2016. the album drew comparisons in the press to Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, and Amos Lee. He concentrated on building his brand, and will release his new album, ‘Long Mile From Home’, on 10 August.
The album is a collection of songs which repackage familiar stories and sounds, using vintage instruments, and running tracks through old tape machines, resulting in a vintage feel. Coleman says:
“My goal isn’t to make listeners feel what I felt when I wrote the song, but to feel something lying dormant within them” Coleman asserts, expanding on his philosophy that creativity cannot be forced, only found. “When the music and words come into my head suddenly and simultaneously, I tend to write my best songs.”