Over the Christmas holidays, I received a CD in the mail. The artist had asked me previously if I would want to review it. I’m glad I said I would. The artist is Jason Rogers. He’s from Canada, but he lives here now – somewhere near Nashville. And, as you might guess, he sings country music.
When I read the titles of the 12 tracks on the CD, the first thing I thought of was “if I were going to write a great country song, what would I call it?” Then I thought – Yep … I’d call it “Why Does Everybody Look at Me?”, or I might call it “Don’t Quit Your Night Job,” or “Remembering the Good Ones.” All these, as you probably figured out by now, are titles from Jason’s CD.
It’s one of only a few new CD’s that I’ve listened to, where I heard country music from the first track all the way through to the last. It has fast songs, slow songs, love songs, sad songs, dance music, and while you can find something a little different in every one of them, the one constant is “country.”
I called him a singer with many sounds, in the title of this post – and he really is. Every song, has it’s own “voice”. “Keeps Beating On” is a slow song, with a lower keyed Jason. “The Good Old Days” he sings a little higher. “Cold Here in Montana,” is kind of in the middle. His voice isn’t instantly recognizable – like a Kenny Chesney or Brad Paisley. But I think that’s good really. He doesn’t sound the same on every song. He has a lot of diversity, and a lot of really good songs on this CD.
Jason had a part in writing eight of the 12 songs on the self-titled CD. The 12 tracks on the CD are “Thinkin’,” “Remembering the Good Ones,” “Breath Into Me,” “Love Won’t Let Me Leave,” “It Ain’t Braggin’,” “Keeps Beating On,” “The Good Ole Days,” “Cold Here in Montana,” “Don’t Quit Your Night Job,” “Thinking About Changing,” “Pretty to Me,” and “Why Does Everybody Look at Me?”.
What little I know about Jason – I like. He has two pages in the back of the CD pamphlet that are dedicated to thanking the people in his life who have helped him in any way. He starts that list with Jesus. And credits Jesus for “guidance, love, strength and purpose.” He puts his wife, Christine, second. And even mentions his baby girl, Isabella Grace. He continues thanks with obvious appreciation directed at his parents, grandparents, brother, producers, engineer, mixer, webmaster, and others.
“Breath Into Me” is one of the songs Jason wrote alone. It really shows his talent for songwriting. It’s a slow song. He sings it with a lot of meaning – and like his other slower songs, it’s low, soft, and very easy to listen to. I’m surprised we haven’t heard this one on the radio by now. I think it would be a great first single for him. And there are some others on this CD that would make a great second and third release from his debut album.
I’m really looking forward to seeing what Jason Rogers has in store for us in the future. I’m anxious to see him do a live show, too. I get a better feel for a performer when I see him stand in front of an audience. I like to see how they play to their crowd, how they include their fans in the show, and how comfortable they look on stage. I’ll just have to find a date on the calendar when I can visit one of Jason’s shows and get the answers to all of those questions. In the meantime, I’ve got the CD to listen to. And I hope you will all want a copy, too. I’m sure you are going to like what you hear as much as I did. Visit his MySpace page, too.
I’ll talk to you all later – I have to get myself ready to go to the office … out in the freezing cold. I am not a huge fan of winter! I’ll talk to you all real soon!