Leaving Austin is an up and coming country band that dropped their new EP this past weekend.
Austin Machado is the lead vocalist with Davis Forney and Michael Stevens on guitar and support vocals. Growing up in Northern California, the trio became friends shortly after high school as they began to write and perform together and have been honing their craft the last few years.
Their sound is perfect for radio and live shows and that is exactly what you get with their latest EP Southern Gold. You hear sounds of Hunter Hayes, Dan + Shay, and Rascal Flatts in each of the songs so you get the sense that it’s just a matter of time until these guys are tearing up the charts.
“Blind Spot” is the project’s first track and it could easily be the opening song to their set as it has a catchy driving beat with their blended voices providing the harmony on top. They aren’t bashful of showing off their women in “Southern Gold,” an ode to that southern gal that takes your breath away and “Nothing On You,” a windows-down car jam that just might be the best track on the EP.
They slow things down with “She Can” as they sing an honest ballad about how their better half is so good for them. The trio has a fun loving song about playing chicken when it comes to defining a relationship with “Heat,” while “Into It” is about wanting to get on board with whatever the girl wants to do.
This is just the first step in Leaving Austin’s career. With a great six-song EP to really kick things off in Nashville while working with some of the best songwriters in town, this group is the real deal. Add to that the most important element — great vocals — and it’s clear that you’ll be seeing them at all your favorite festivals the next few years.
Add the EP to your playlist and get ready to see a lot of them in the next couple years.