Sooo, despite the lack of posting news, I have been very busy making music with some outstanding people and enjoying every minute of it.. or I’m becoming more adept at limiting my memory to the wonderful effects of such interactions.

Here’s some news..

I have been hired by the University of Northern Colorado to an adjunct professor position teaching bass in a new Folk and Bluegrass program beginning in the fall of this year.  It’s pretty exciting to be involved at the onset of this program and working with such a strong faculty, not to mention coming back to a place and many of the same people that added to my musical palette before being swept into the pursuit of music as a way of life.

The Matt Flinner Trio continues to perform and travel bringing the Music Du Jour challenge with us wherever we go, but now we are subjecting special guests to our daily whimsy and musing.  We have been honored to write for the likes of Sam Bush, Dave Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Darol Anger and many more including the upcoming shows in NY with Bruce Molsky and Alex Hargreaves.

Thankfully, Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore have been coming up with some fantastic projects and inviting me to join.  The latest is new release with their daughters Lucy and Brigid called Daughters.   We will be performing at Wintergrass in Bellevue, WA at the end of February.

Another exciting series of events on the horizon is a Colorado run with Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings in April.  See the shows page.

…AND one more thing.  I am honored to be teaching and performing at the KC Bass Workshop in Kansas City this June 14-18, 2017. Also at the Grand Targhee Music Camp August 6-10, 2017.

More fun to come…


I am back on the road for an eight gig jaunt with the Matt Flinner TrioMatt Flinner Trio photo2 small and there will be Music Du Jour. Ross, Matt and I will be composing pieces on the day of each show to premier that very night.  This news is late getting out there and I’ll keep it brief.  A quick rundown looks like this:

Aug 21 Middletown, CT; the Buttonwood Tree, 8 pm.
Aug 22 Atco, NJ; House Concert, 8 pm.
Aug 23 Brooklyn, NY; Jalopy Theater (plus workshops?) 8 pm.
Aug 26 Portland, ME; Acoustic Artisans, 8 pm.
Aug 27 Portsmouth, NH; Book and Bar, 9 pm.
Aug 28 Boston, MA; Park Avenue Congregational Church, 8 pm.
Aug 29 Montpelier, VT; Sweet Melissa’s, 8 pm
Aug 30 West Newbury, VT; Town Hall, 4 pm.

Come by if you’re close or spread the word if you know someone near.  We’ll be as friendly and entertaining as we can be, I promise.

This is the new web presence of bassist Eric Thorin.

Contact me at 303.956.4573 or

I’ve just created new shows and video pages.

Jeff Austin Band…

Jeff Austin Bandis out.  Been having a blast playing alongside the likes of Jeff, Danny Barnes and Ross Martin.  Look for shows across the US in 2015. The album, Simple Truth, dropped on February 10th and has garnered dozens of raving reviews and one horrific panning.  I’ll post links when I can.  Come see us sweat.

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Some recent projects include another Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore album I had the honor of producing.  It’s called Love Runner and was released on the 14th of January 2014.  It was such a blast tracking with such great intuitive players.  Thanks to Rich, Eric Moon, John Magnie, Marc Dalio and Glenn Taylor for creating such an amazing canvas for Mollie’s power house vocals.  Also Jessie Burns and Gabe Mervine and the folks at Mighty Fine Productions.

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Also The Matt Flinner Trio is back in the studio recording a third collection of music written in a day Music Du Jour style.  Ross Martin on guitar, Matt playing mandolin and I’m hanging on for dear life.  Shows coming in May.


Jake Schepps has released the recordings of commissioned composers Mark Mellits, Matt McBane and Matt Flinner writing long form pieces for bluegrass ensemble. Also included on the recording is a challenging piece by Gyan Riley.  Stay tuned for purchase information and performances.

Check back often for shows and news.  Thanks…  ET