This was definitely a long time coming, getting to spend some time catching up on the ins and outs of life, the music industry, new relationships, kids and a lot more. We talked Starbucks and the amount of artists that come through, yup… Davis hangin’ out in the day job world of being a barista. We talked Blue Valor Whiskey, how much sugar is in a 12 pump chai (yes.. a lot!!)

We talked about their favorite song to be a part of… it’s called Kids In A Truck. They both knew this song was one for them. Not released yet yet, it’s coming soon. They both agreed that the co-writer should be Lynn Hutton and guess what…

Crazy to think, these guys have been doing music together for 15 years. That says a lot in music or in any relationship these days! We talked about their best show that they’ve been a part of, the feeling on the stage of having people singing your song back to you. It’s def a drug or an addiction per se. We talked about their best show so far in their careers .

We dove into Vegas, pool parties, we talked “building a show” without a budget to see who they’d love to play with. We even scored a phone call mid interview from our good pal Joe Peters!

Let’s get to knowin’ the guys of Leaving Austin!

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With a profound sense of brotherhood, a passionate love of music and a fierce determination, Leaving Austin is forging a path in country music that’s solely their own. Comprised of Austin Machado, Davis Forney and Michael Stevens, the trio’s smooth vocals and distinctive songwriting have made them one of  the most sought after bands in Nashville. In less than a year, they’ve garnered co-writes with some of country music’s most successful songwriters including Jimmy Robbins (“We Were Us”, “It Goes Like This”), Scooter Carusoe (“Anything But Mine”, “Mean To Me”), Chris DeStefano (“Kick The Dust Up”, “Something In The Water”), Chris Dubois (“Buy Me A Boat”, “Today”) and- Thomas Archer (“Hurricane,” “You Broke Up with Me”).

But their path to this point hasn’t been as quick. Hailing from Visalia, California, a small farming town nestled in the far corners of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, they were all raised on the importance of faith, family and the belief that nothing was going to be handed to them. Country, pop and rock and roll became the soundtrack of their days working in farming and construction alongside their family and friends.

“I lived 40 feet from my grandpa’s house,” said Austin. “I just wanted to work on the farm like my dad and grandpa did. I loved it. My dad plays guitar and sings too so I grew up listening to everything from Van Halen and Boston to Ricky Skaggs, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson to Michael W. Smith.”

“My mom was 90% Shania Twain while my dad was pure rock and roll,” said Michael. “I fell somewhere in the middle listening to a mix of pop, rock, Christian and eventually country. I spent my days making cattle feed on a local dairy farm. It wasn’t easy, but it taught me a great work ethic.

Davis, who credits his father as one of his biggest influences, always thought he would work in construction like his dad.

“For as long as I can remember my dad has worked as a back hoe operator on construction sites,” Davis added. “He loves it and I always thought I would follow in his footsteps. For several years I did, but my heart has always been in music. He taught me to not give up on something because it’s hard, if you are judged for it or if it doesn’t make much money. He says if you love something, do it. He loves what he does and I have learned so much from that.”

Music would eventually bring the three of them together. Davis met Michael in church and was introduced to Austin at a concert a short time later.

“I will never forget the first time I heard Austin sing,” said Davis. “Austin’s band was opening for a musician friend of mine, and I just remember being unbelievably impressed with his voice. A mutual friend introduced us later that night, and we just hit it off.”

Austin and Davis began writing and performing together, and Michael would join them following his high school graduation. During a short break from performing as a band, Austin began playing solo shows at bars and leaning heavily into his country influences. He developed a solid following and would eventually catch the attention of Gnarley Charley and Jody Jo of the popular Gnarley Charley and Jody Jo Morning Show on KSKS, Fresno’s top country music station.

“When I first met Leaving Austin I knew right away they were a young eager ball of potential,” said Gnarley Charley. “I felt the need to spend some time with them and nudge them in the right direction.” We played a couple of their videos (on CMT Canada) and I was hooked! We feel like proud parents watching Leaving Austin evolve from playing on Austin’s uncle’s front porch in Kingsburg to having the honor of introducing them in front of a sold out show of 4,000 fans.”