Austin Church

AustinHome7_2Austin Church is a unique singer​/​songwriter.  His songs are written with depth, an unorthodox turn of phrase, and a touch of whimsy.  An otherworldly wit is often injected into the fabric of the tunes.  A great deal of his work is bolstered by an underpinning of hope.  When the “Churchman” is doing his thing, he hopes to enthuse and inspire.  Austin is a straight forward player, relying on his rhythm guitar work to hold things together, and let his message bound along into your heart.  His singing is homegrown, with phrasing flowing from a stream of consciousness into a river of conscientiousness.  The vocal tones he pours out are uncommonly deep and earthy.

After his studies at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., Austin became a regular performer at Athens’ folk and blues club “The Last Resort”.  It was there that he met and became inspired by the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Gamble Rogers, and Jimmy Buffett.  In fact, Austin co-wrote “Brand New Country Star” with Jimmy during one of Buffett’s stays at the “Resort”; however, Austin’s style is divergent from that of the head “Parrot Head”.  Austin went on to spend twenty years in Nashville honing his craft, with cuts by artists including Del Reeves and Lyle Lovett.

Perhaps the most meaningful Austin Church tune is “Miss Ola (The Mississippi Giver)”.  The song celebrates the life of a humble, selfless washerwoman named Oseola McCarty, who hand washed and ironed clothes for 75 years.  Amazingly, she saved $250,000 from her efforts, and gave the lion’s share of it to the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, her hometown.  Her gift provides scholarships for needy and deserving students.  A video of “Miss Ola” is posted here.  Austin is delighted that his music can lend a hand to foster the key elements of Miss McCarty’s life:  hard work, saving, and giving with the spotlight on education.

Austin has six albums to his credit:
“Dreamin’ Backwards” (2000)
“Propitious Mélange” (2008)
“In The Blue Ago” (2010)
“Walkin’ In Outa Leavin’ “ (2012)
“Kill Devil Sessions – Flight of Aaron Jett” (2017)
“Retrophonic Folk-A-Delic” (2019)

He would love to perform a concert for you.  If you want to get off the beaten path, roll with the “Churchman”, no tellin’ where he’ll take ya.


Enjoy Austin’s appearance on TNN’s Prime Time Country, which aired in June, 1996.

Listen to Austin’s Jan 2016 recording of “Mother Maybelle’s L-5” with Fred Ermentrout on lead guitar.

Check out photos from Austin’s November 4, 2015 appearance at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.


Austin sings of a Special Love.

Austin and Christine sing of Human Endurance.

Austin teams up with Bjørn “Southern” Nilsen.

A Heartfelt Homage.

The music and stories of Austin Church, delivered in his trademark rich voice, are the very definition of Americana.

– Paul Leslie, The Paul Leslie Hour

For over four decades, Austin Church has been creating his unique brand of music that flows from his heart. He continues to craft his songs in hopes of making people smile while inspiring them.

– Merlin David, M Music & Musicians Magazine

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