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Montana’s Rising Country Music Superstars, “Austin Martin and The Herd” 

Austin Martin and The Herd, the multifaceted headlining group first formed in early 2021; however, each member has been performing twenty plus years as solo acts. Austin’s music video, “Small Town Nights” was the beginning of an iconic journey. He met Montana native and guitarist, Mark Romain. This was the first musician that joined Austin’s band. Mark brought this unique sound as a guitarist ranging from chicken picking riffs to rock shredding. Mark had already cut his teeth in Nashville sharing and touring stages with the likes of Morgan Wallen, Chase Bryant, and many other artists. He brings a dynamic country sound, blues from his roots, along with the grind of modern rock.

Second to come along, was drummer and Nashville native, David Bedell (@davidbedellmusic). Dave’s background is nothing short of impressive. He comes from a bloodline full of musicians and talented artists. Dave’s one of the founding members of the metal group, F5; with bassist-David Ellefson, formally from Megadeth. Dave toured with jazz guitarist, Jay Soto and Micki Free from the group, Shalamar. In addition, he’s played and toured with Kenny Olson (formerly, Kid Rock’s guitarist), and the Canadian rock group, Three Days Grace. He’s lighting up the stage with his engaging and high energy performance level on the 2023 Scars and Stripes Tour.

The final missing puzzle piece for Austin Martin’s band was collaborating with Nashville native and bassist Jack Ryan (@jacktheripperbass). This musician is not foreign to touring and remains hyper focused on his craft. He’s been heavily influenced by groundbreaking bassists such as: Ryan Martinie from the band, “Mudvayne”, John Richard Deacon from “Queen”, and the late bassist, Cliff Burton from Metallica. Jack has played for Mick Blankenship on his national tour supporting Puddle of Mudd, supported Erin Coburn on her Out from Under Tour, and played bass for That Arena Rock Show on their last three tours, and most notably was a finalist to play bass for Steel Panther. He will be joining Austin Martin and The Herd this fall. 

As it turns out, their diverse musical and improvisational background meshed together very well. Creating a country-soulful hybrid sound that will keep their audience on their feet. Austin Martin is not foreign to hard work. To go from a rancher on 800 acres to a 40-city national tour is mind blowing when you think about it. He’s been performing for years, and now he’s enjoying the fruits of his labor. Austin recently collaborated with Hollywood’s most respected and brilliant music producer/musician, Michael “Fish” Herring. His latest album will be out this fall. Austin is excited for everyone to hear the new sound after coproducing with such a gifted musician such as “Fish”. He acknowledges that none of this would be possible without his loyal fan base. Austin would like to give a big thank you to Overtime, who gave Austin his start and invited him on his recent tour. Austin Martin and The Herd have some great shows coming up on their 2023 Scars and Stripes Tour. Here are a few coming up that are definitely “do not miss” performances:

5/13 – Wildwood Saloon in Iowa city, IA

5/25 – Moxi Theatre in Greely, CO 

5/27 – The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT 

6/2 – The Knitting Factory in Boise, ID 

6/3 – Rogue Theatre in Grants Pass, OR

6/10 – Richland County Fairgrounds in Sidney, MT 

For additional press inquiries/interviews/sponsorship opportunities please contact Antoinette Love Ransom at antoinette@austinmartinmusic.com

Follow Austin Martin on Facebook/Instagram/TikTok: @austinmartinradio or www.austinmartinmusic.com 

Photographer: Scott Colby Photography

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