His first album, Austin Plaine, was a solo endeavor released in 2015. He worked with several collaborators on the more expansive Stratford, issued in 2019.
Born in North Dakota and raised in Minnesota, Plaine grew up listening to his father's records, among them Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Van Morrison. A self-taught guitarist, he started playing at 13 and tried writing his own songs as soon as he knew three chords. He went on to study communications at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and recorded his self-titled debut album during his senior year. Originally released through a Noisetrade campaign, his visibility increased when one of his songs was placed in a credit-card commercial. Plaine soon signed with Razor & Tie imprint Washington Square, which gave his debut a proper release in 2015.
He relocated to Nashville in 2016 and ultimately expanded his scope for his second album, which was recorded with a full backing band. It also welcomed collaborators such as Sixpence None the Richer’s Leigh Nash, with whom he co-wrote "What Kind of Fool," and Soren Bryce, who sang on the record. The resulting Stratford arrived on Blaster Records in 2019. ~ Timothy Monger & Marcy Donelson, Rovi