Growing up in Charleston, SC, Jack Austen, Jacob Simmons, & Katie Bailey were surrounded by music. Whether it was the Dixie Chicks and Fleetwood Mac playing in the car or old Johnny Cash albums on vinyl, the trio was always singing along. Southbound 17 began in the early Fall of 2014. As another Summer came to a close, the band played their first open mic at a local bar. Since that night, they haven’t slowed down. After releasing their self-titled debut EP in 2017, Southbound 17 went on to be featured at the Charleston Music Confab two years in a row.
In their music, Southbound 17 takes a stripped back approach that highlights the songwriting. Acoustic guitar, banjo, and mandolin are layered with visually compelling lyrics and tight harmonies to create a fresh country sound. The group is currently writing and recording their second EP which is due to be released in late 2020.