Last night I had an opportunity to sit down and chat with Jason Sturgeon. I got a ‘tweet’ from Jason telling me he was sorry I couldn’t get to the show at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tenn. I tweeted back and asked where he was right now. He told me he was at Capone’s, just finishing up his sound check, and I could come talk to him. I know it was a little inconvenient for him. He’d been on the road, he was tired, and I know he wanted to rest before the show.
However, this young man gave me all the time I needed to get pictures, ask questions, and even do a video interview with him – which I hope to get up in the next day or two. I never take things like this for granted. I appreciate what these artists do for their fans, and what they do for me.
Everyone who has ever heard Jason Sturgeon’s “Simple Life”, and heard Jason paint that vivid picture of where he grew up, already knows where he is from.
Everyone who has ever looked at Jason’s guitar case, filled with stickers from some of the country’s biggest radio stations, already knows where he’s been.
And, everyone who puts Jason’s CD, “That’s Me,” into their CD player, will immediately find out exactly where it is that Jason is going. With his music getting to the Top 40 country charts, his videos on CMT, and opening for some of country’s biggest stars, Jason is definitely going to go far in country music.
All of the songs on the 11-track debut album were written by Jason and band member Dane Clark. Jason and Dane also co-produced the album. The first song is “That’s Me.” It’s great. Well written, nicely sung. It’s the kind of song you want to join in and sing along with Jason, by the time you get to the second measure.
Before I tell you about the rest of the CD – let me tell you how you can enter to win a copy of Jason’s CD. We have three copies to give away! So we’ll have three lucky winners this time. Going to make this really easy. All you have to do is e-mail your name and mailing address. The contest will run through Feb. 1, 2011. At 7 p.m. that evening, three winners will be drawn at random. The winners will be notified by e-mail, and your CD will be mailed to you. That’s it! So get your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to get entered.
Back to the CD, which you are definitely going to want to add to your collection – The other songs are “Simple Life,” “Blankets,” “Endless Summer,” “High Class Woman,” “Livin’,” “Hell on Heels,” “Down at the Bottom,” “The Cover,” “Rollin’ On,” and “Alone Again Tonight.”
“Simple Life” was his first, “Rollin’ On” is his second – and from what I could tell listening to this album, there are nine more than he can pick from to be his third single. Some are fast, some are slow, all are good, and I’ve spent a lot of time listening to his CD since I got it back in September. I’m not sure why it took me this long to tell you all about it. I really had every intention of getting it up before now – but we all know what they say about good intentions……
Along with band members Tyler Roberts, bass; Heather Craig, fiddle; Dane Clark, drums; Dave Brewster, lead guitar; Britt Houchin, guitar and mandolin, Jason has opened for many country artists, including Luke Bryan, Rodney Adkins and Brooks and Dunn.
Jason grew up with Dave, Dane and Britt, all living within 20 miles of each other, and all attending the same high school. Tyler has been a part of the band for eight years. For Britt, it’s just his second show. Dane Clark, who has been playing drums for Jason for the past two years, is also the drummer for John Mellencamp’s band.
“Music had always been a part of my life and something I had never gotten rid of. I always had that want to do music and get things out there, and I was still scheming and trying things while I was doing business stuff,” Sturgeon said. “And I had an opportunity to try music and thought, ‘Why not, you know?’ So I started a band called Red Eye Max, and we played cover tunes and did shows around the area.”
I’m really sorry I wasn’t able to stay for the show last night, but I definitely have Jason on my list now. Hopefully, I’ll catch him the next time he’s in town. I’ve always said that you get a better feel for an artist when you see them perform live. While I haven’t had the opportunity to see Jason perform live yet, I think I already have a pretty good idea of how he is in front of an audience. And I’m certainly looking forward to being a part of that audience sometime soon.
How about we close this one out with a little “Simple Life,” from Jason – thanks to YouTube.
That will do it for this morning. I need to get to the office. I hope you all enjoy your Friday. And those of you in the Asheville, N.C. area, you can catch Jason tonight at the Wild Wing Cafe, with KISS Country 99.9 FM. The show starts at 10 p.m.
Remember to get your e-mail in to win a copy of “That’s Me.” Deadline to enter is Feb. 1, 2011.