Augustana (band)

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Augustana, Chicago 2010
Background information
Origin San Diego, California, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, pop rock, roots rock
Years active 2003–present
Labels Epic, Razor & Tie, Washington Square
Associated acts The Last Almanac
Bad Things
Counting Crows
Members Dan Layus
Past members Jared Palomar
Justin South
John Vincent
Josiah Rosen
Chris Sachtleben

Augustana is an American rock band from San Diego, California that has released albums signed to Epic Records and Washington Square Music/Razor & Tie.[1] They are best known for their song "Boston."


Beginning Years[edit]

In Autumn 2002 at Greenville College in Illinois, Dan Layus brought friends Josiah Rosen, Kyle Baker, and Simeon Lohrmann together to create music. They started out by re-recording the song "More than a Love Song" which Dan had written for his high school girlfriend while living in California. They originally wanted to call themselves The Looking Glass, but after discovering another band of the same name they chose "Augustana" instead. A full length debut album, Midwest Skies and Sleepless Mondays was recorded in the home recording studio of Jon King. The album was released in the Spring of 2003 and only 1000 copies were produced. Later that year the band recorded and released 25 copies of the Mayfield EP.[2]

Dan Layus decided to move back to Southern California with band mate Josiah Rosen, where they eventually found their drummer, Justin South. The band joined numerous tours with artists such as Switchfoot, Maroon 5, The Fray, Counting Crows, Dashboard Confessional, O.A.R., Snow Patrol, The Damnwells, Goo Goo Dolls, Acceptance, Cartel, and OneRepublic, as well as having their own headlining tours.

All the Stars and Boulevards (2005-2007)[edit]

All the Stars and Boulevards was released September 6, 2005 and reached #1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and #96 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.[3] The first single from the album, Boston, was released in 2005. This version differs from the one on their debut album, Midwest Skies and Sleepless Mondays. The album was made available exclusively at Best Buy stores, and the Best Buy website, where it was sold out by the following day. The new features on this re-release are a re-mixed version of "Wasteland"; a new track named "Marie"; and acoustic versions and music videos of "Boston" and "Stars and Boulevards". Their most recognizable song is "Boston" which made it all the way to 34 on the Billboard top 100, as well as appearing on television shows Scrubs, Smallville, Hidden Palms, and One Tree Hill. Leonard Hofstadter is heard singing it in the second episode of Season 1 of The Big Bang Theory.

Josiah Rosen left the band and has since has signed with Appeal Records as The Last Almanac. The label is releasing A Memoir in 2008.

At the beginning of 2007, the band embarked on their second headlining tour, supported by Vega4. The band also opened for Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional on his first solo tour since the re-release of The Swiss Army Romance, in late 2007.

Can't Love, Can't Hurt (2008-2010)[edit]

The band released their third album, Can't Love, Can't Hurt, on April 29, 2008. The first single from the album is titled "Sweet and Low". The second single, "I Still Ain't Over You" reached #22 on the Adult album alternative chart.

On May 1, 2008, the band appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Several songs from Can't Love, Can't Hurt have appeared in many television shows. The song "Twenty Years" appeared on One Tree Hill and on Numb3rs; "Hey Now" appeared on General Hospital; "Fire" was used on Friday Night Lights "Sweet and Low" was on Ghost Whisperer.

The band had to cancel their European/North American tour for fall 2010.

Augustana (2011-2013)[edit]

Augustana's self-titled, fourth full-length album was released on April 26, 2011. The album's lead single, "Steal Your Heart", was planned for a radio release on February 14 in order to coincide with Valentine's Day, but was released early on the 8th of February on AOL Music.[4] Another song off the album "Just Stay Here Tonight" was used in an episode of Private Practice. "Steal Your Heart" was also used in the extended length Degrassi promo for the 11th season.

They were featured on the Late Show with David Letterman and sang, "Steal Your Heart"

Augustana parted ways with Epic Records shortly after the album's release and on 11 November 2011, Dan Layus announced that all remaining members had amicably parted ways, but that he would continue to tour and perform under the name Augustana.

On 22 July 2013, Dan Layus announced that Augustana was signed to a new record deal, and is working on a studio album.

Life Imitating Life (2014-Present)[edit]

On 11 February 2014 via Facebook, Augustana announced that they have signed to Washington Square Music for a worldwide multi-album deal that will see the release of a new studio album on April 22. The band also announced a spring tour kicking off on April 19 with Twin Forks featuring Chris Carrabba. Dan Layus of Augustana comments, “I couldn't be happier than to be joining up with Washington Square, I'm looking forward to being a part of this record label and excited to be able to share this music with our fans."

On 3 March 2014, Augustana announced their new album, Life Imitating Life, due on April 22, 2014. They also premiered the first single, "Ash and Ember". [5]

On September 2nd, 2015, Augustana release three new tracks ("Climb", "Must Be Love" and "You Can Have Mine"). These tracks were made available to anyone who shared their post on Facebook or Twitter.

Band Members[edit]

Last Line-up

Former Members

  • Jared Palomar (bass guitar, vocals, keyboards)
  • Chris Sachtleben (lead guitar, vocals)
  • Justin South (drums)
  • Josiah Rosen (lead guitar, vocals)
  • John Vincent (piano, organ, keyboards, vocals)
  • Josh Calhoun (drums)



Year Album details Peak Certifications
(sales threshold)
early 2003 Midwest Skies and Sleepless Mondays
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD
  • US: 1,000
late 2003 Mayfield EP
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD
  • US: 25
2005 All the Stars and Boulevards
  • Label: Epic Records
  • Format: CD
96 107 1 1
  • US: 345,000[6]
  • WW: 1,900,000
2008 Can't Love, Can't Hurt EP 168 158 6
  • US: 15,000
  • WW: 50,000
Can't Love, Can't Hurt 21 77 2 45 114
  • US: 121,000[6]
  • WW: 200,000
2011 Augustana 29 12 1 113
  • US: 12,546
  • WW: 27,000
2014 Life Imitating Life
  • Label: Washington Square
  • Format: CD, Digital
  • US: TBA
  • WW: TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Title Chart positions Album
Pop 100

Adult 40

Main. 40

2005 "Stars and Boulevards" All the Stars and Boulevards
2006 "Boston" 34 31 10 24
2008 "Sweet and Low" 88 66 33 Can't Love, Can't Hurt
"I Still Ain't Over You"
2011 "Steal Your Heart" Augustana
"Just Stay Here Tonight"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


  1. ^ "Under "Record Label"". [1]. Retrieved 2012-01-20.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ "Interview: Jared Palomar of Augustana « Dirtbag’s Delight". 2008-02-12. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  3. ^ "Augustana: Artist Chart History"accessdate=2008-02-20".  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ Augustana "Steal Your Heart" Song Exclusive 2011-02-08 Retrieved 2011-02-12
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  7. ^ a b c d "Augustana - Awards". allmusic. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 

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