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Former Hinder vocalist Austin John Winkler sings at Thirst T’s in Olyphant on Oct. 24

Former Hinder vocalist Austin John Winkler sings at Thirst T’s in Olyphant on Oct. 24
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From a press release:

First announced exclusively on the NEPA Scene Podcast last week, Austin John Winkler, a founding member and the original frontman of multi-platinum-selling rock band Hinder, will play his Hinder hits along with his new solo material with a full band at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.

Opening acts at Thirst T’s (120 Lincoln St., Olyphant) include MoTHER, Another Day Dawns, and two local bands yet to be announced.

Tickets, which are $15 for general admission or $20 for VIP, are on sale now and can be purchased via Eventbrite. VIP passes are limited to only 25 tickets and include early entry at 6 p.m. and a concert poster.

After a three-year hiatus from the music world, singer/songwriter Austin John Winkler is back with the release of his highly anticipated solo EP, “Love Sick Radio.”

Having sold millions of albums, with numerous hits under his belt, including Hinder’s breakthrough song “Lips of An Angel,” Winkler is ready to share with the world what he’s doing musically now.

His lyrics, distinctive voice, and passion for music is stronger than ever with his new modern twist on rock and roll. The six-song EP, featuring guest appearances by Sophie Summers and country star Jessie James Decker, was released on April 22, 2016.

“It’s a very exciting time for me,” says the Oklahoma City native. “It’s been a long time in the making, and I think a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised at the musical direction I took when I stepped into the studio to make this record. It’s quite a bit different from Hinder or anything that I’ve ever done.”

After parting ways with Hinder in 2013, Winkler began to take a different approach to songwriting. Instead of trying to adapt what he thought his fans wanted to hear, Winkler decided to take some risks and embrace his creative freedom as a solo artist. Winkler started his solo project with a clean slate and one thing in mind: “To be as open and honest as I can be with nothing to lose!”

Winkler dove into this project wearing all of his musical influences on his sleeve and never looked back. He grew up listening to everything from The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Heart, and Elton John to Sublime, Michael Jackson, Biggie Smalls, and Eminem, just to name a few.

“I hope people love the new sound and songs I’ve written… but no matter what, I am proud of these songs and hope they in some way connect with my fans both old and new. These songs really helped me get through some tough times, and I hope they can also help anyone who can relate to these topics.”

Austin John Winkler is looking forward to embarking on this musical journey again, but this time on his own.