CASHING IN: Singer-songwriter Haak Austin and his band are releasing their first album today in Yandina.
CASHING IN: Singer-songwriter Haak Austin and his band are releasing their first album today in Yandina. Warren Lynam

Austin’s music is telling stories

STANDING in front of an audience with guitar in hand, Haak Austin feels a buzz when he begins to share his latest story of life, love and misadventure.

The Mountain Creek man has been working away at a music career since he took songwriting to the next level 18 years ago.

The 37-year-old, who is reminiscent of Chris Isaak and Johnny Cash in his storytelling performances, has travelled the world to "bare his soul" to audiences.

Today he will release his first full-length album, Heathen Hearts, with his band The Salt Lick Troubadours at The Shared in Yandina.

"If I can make a living out of this, my career is a success," Haak said.

"I'd love to get some national exposure for the album. It's something I'm really proud of."

After a tour of Austin, Texas last month playing in alternative country venues, Haak hopes to share his music - which infuses elements of folk, blues, soul, R&B, Americana and rock - with Australia.

To purchase the debut album, visit the iTunes store.


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