Jeff Autry and Shad Cobb


Jeff Autry and Shad Cobb, members of the John Cowan Band and top musicians in their own right, are pairing up for an evening filled with a little bit of everything - bluegrass, folk, Celtic, jam band, and everything in between. These fellows have amazed us each time they've come to the Cafe, and we are excited to hear them as a duo.

Jeff Autry grew up playing bluegrass in a musical family, and by his teenage years, he was performing with local bluegrass bands and touring the Southeast festival circuits. Autry recorded on Vestal’s new acoustic solo project, In Pursuit of Happiness, and joined Vestal on a 6-month tour of Japan. Upon returning to the US, Autry played with various touring bluegrass bands and became a prolific studio artist. His work is heard on the Pinecastle Instrumental series “Bluegrass 96-01," his solo recording ”Foothills”, Drew Emmetts' (of Left Over Salmon) Freedom Ride, and the last five releases by the John Cowan Band. Through his career, Autry has performed on stage and recorded with some of America’s premier musicians, including John Cowan, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs, Darrell Scott, Jim Lauderdale, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, Vasser Clemmons, Tim O’Brien and John Paul Jones (of Led Zeppelin). His prowess on guitar and vocals, for the last eleven years, has anchored the ever changing always challenging guitarist spot in the multi-genre John Cowan Band.

Shad’s intricate and soulful style of playing has been compiled over the years from many of his early influences. The playing of such legendary fiddlers as Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Art Stamper, Mark O’Connor, Kenny Baker and Byron Berline helped develop Shad’s playing throughout the earliest part of his musical career. Shad Cobb’s present-day virtuosity puts him at the forefront of top fiddlers in the country. Whether on one of his recordings, or in a live setting, the playing of Shad Cobb is quite an amazing thing to witness.

Born in Hazelville, WA, Shad Cobb began playing the fiddle at the age of thirteen, and his career started early with his family band that included his father and brothers. In '95, Shad moved to Nashville and began recording with some of Nashville’s top artists, including such acts as Bluegrass legends and Grand Ole Opry members the Osborne Brothers, vocalist Marty Rabon with his band Shenandoah, Country music icons like Willie Nelson, singer-songwriters like Steve Earle, and old-time and bluegrass musician/comedian Mike Snyder.

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