b. 1930, Rochelle, NY, USA, d. 22 March 1996. A larger-than-life bluesman, Austin by no means lived to attain the acknowledgement he deserved. A precociously talented kid, Austin was trained musical theory in Chicago, but created his ‘hog phoning’ vocal design on his grandfather’s plantation. He was mainly affected by Wynonie Harris, whose ‘blues shouting design’ Austin attemptedto emulate. Illegally going to among the NY blues night clubs as an adolescent, Austin upstaged his idol Harris’ display one night, acquiring the microphone from your ill vocalist and performing for all of those other night time. Suitably impressed, Harris became Austin’s legal guardian and required him from the street. Austin performed piano, drums and bass with Harris’ music group for 1 . 5 years, aswell as writing one of is own biggest strikes, ‘Bloodshot Eye’, before developing the Five Sharps with Eddie and Bobby Buster, the second option of whom offered Austin his nickname pursuing an altercation with Jimmy Witherspoon. Austin after that appeared to possess accomplished his big break support Percy Mayfield in 1951, but was caught for draft-dodging and pressured to battle in Korea. After his come back he did many menial careers while still playing at weekends, seated along with jazz music artists including Duke Ellington and Count number Basie. It had been not before 90s that Austin finally experienced his big chance, when reservation agent Joe Roesch setup his personal record company to be able to launch the vocalist’s material. The discharge of Steel Capture in 1992 was greeted by solid reviews, and, pursuing some considerable self-promotion, reasonable product sales. Baby’s Back again cemented his status, but Austin passed away before he could end focus on an eagerly expected third album.