July 2, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Silo's Napa
530 Main Street
Napa, CA 94559
John Austin

My first real memory of singing is in church in the first grade. Sister Eileen was playing the guitar. I remember clearly that I was belting out the hymns and giving it all I had. I have always loved to sing…and sing my heart out. It was always all or nothing. The older kids in the neighborhood would make me sing for them before I could go home from the park. It was tough in the Bronx.

I’d be late for my curfew if I didn’t belt out “Tomorrow” from the Broadway show Annie. In 1998, after a few years performing on and off in clubs and doing some theater, I joined my friends Ryan Tracy and JD Sawyer. We were the founding members of what became the Ryan Tracy Band. It was a pretty awesome time. RTB had a great run as a Colorado based band and did a few live shows across the country. The band released one album: “Rain Won’t Stop” and won best pop rock band in Denver in 2000. Good times. Things changed for me and a few years later I left the band. I took a break from the world and spent the next 2.5 years in the Colorado mountains. Beaver Creek, CO was very good to me. In 2004, I invited a few friends to join me for what would end up being my last show for a while. I’ve been back in the studio, writing new songs and performing selectively for the past few years.