Hailing from Colorado Springs, Austin Young brings his high energy, guitar-based blues rock to Wheat Ridge for the Carnation Festival Aug. 11. Young has built a local, statewide and national reputation for his fiery guitar licks, soulful sounds and crowd-pleasing experience, making sure each show is personable and memorable to anyone within earshot. While traditional blues remains the backbone of his music, Young makes his music stand out by adding elements of contemporary rock, jazz, and gospel. The Austin Young Band has released two studio albums containing original music: “Blue as Can Be” in 2013 and “Not So Simple” in 2016. Young was named Best Guitar Player from 2012 through 2015 from the Colorado Blues Society Listeners Choice Awards.