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Leaving Austin, Maddie Larkin

Tue · January 30, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

Most new artists face a challenge: finding their sound. Though the Nashville-based band Bowen may be newly minted, their challenge was of a different nature. Bowen’s members are industry veterans whose accolades include touring with John Mayer, Dave Matthews, and Maroon 5; signing major record deals as artists; and writing and producing for household names.

For the six, returning to the stage spotlight wasn’t on their
minds; at least, not until they heard final recordings. Their
challenge, then, was trying to fight the urge to be a part of it, an urge they fortunately yielded to. The bombastic, high-energy Coldplay-meets- Jackson-Browne sound is as compelling to listeners as to Bowen, who's debut single "All I Ever Do" is available now.
Leaving Austin
Leaving Austin
Leaving Austin is the new generation of country music. Don't let their tattoos, piercings, and skinny jeans fool you. These 5 young guys have the cutting edge to where country music is headed. Leaving Austin consists of members: Austin Machado on lead vocals, Davis Forney on guitar and harmonies, Michael Stevens on bass, Terry Ashford on lead guitar, and Ryan Chin on drums. Born and raised in the central valley of California, growing up on country, pop, and rock n' roll, they decided it was time to get back to their roots and sing country their way.

Living in the small towns of the Central Valley, everyone just seems to know everyone. Michael, Terry, and Davis grew up playing music at church together in Visalia, CA. One night Davis went to a local venue to watch one of his friends' band. When he walked in the room to check out the opening band, he heard Austin sing for the first time. "His vocals captured me in disbelief", says Davis. Austin was then introduced to Davis that night through mutual friends and they hit it off immediately. They started writing music and became best friends within days. As they pursued music, Davis brought Michael and Terry onboard. As they played local shows, the guys heard Ryan's flawless drumming in their friends' pop punk band. It was a no-brainer to call him about their new endeavor of pop country. They all decided to get together for a practice session and it was immediately apparent that, when Ryan started playing along with them, this was the dream team.

Leaving Austin has had the privilege of sharing the stage with some amazing musicians such as Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, Chris Cagle, Love and Theft, Parmelee, Wynonna Judd, and Rodney Atkins as well as doing pre-parties for Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, Kenny Chesney, Eli Young Band, Kasey Musgraves, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, and George Strait. After being an emerging artist at Nashville's CMA festival in the summer of 2013 and being a part of 3 weeks of the television series America's Got Talent season 8, the guys have hit the ground running.

They recorded their first full length album, self-titled "Leaving Austin", in 2013 with producer and engineer Colby Wedgeworth, known for his work with The Maine's record "American Candy", Lydia, Lincoln Brewster, and the Pop Goes Punk series. They came to Colby with 6 catchy country songs, but were looking to him and his pop influence to take things to the next level. Colby couldn't believe how catchy the songs were and how amazing Austin's vocals were. In his words, "Austin is my favorite singer I have ever recorded." As the recording process continued, Colby wanted more, so the guys sat down with their agents, Run Away Productions, LLC, and decided to add two previously unheard songs ("Goodnight Kisses" and "Not the You I Know") to make it a full length record. As Colby pushed and challenged the band to intensify the pop sound, they realized they needed something to bring their country love back into the mix. That's where Carrie Underwood's fiddle player, Jimmy Herman, came into the picture. Jimmy took the songs and added his outstanding fiddle playing to take the songs to a level Leaving Austin never thought they'd hear. "I can't help but smile every time I hear Jimmy gettin' down on our song 'Get It On'", says Austin.

With the help and generosity their community, family, friends, local bars, venues, and their quickly rising fan base, Leaving Austin is headed towards success and nothing is going to slow them down. Check out Leaving Austin on Facebook at
Venue Information:
The High Watt
One Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203