"Being a farm kid weve all added renovations to our houses?youre always building something. Ive always loved construction and architecture, and I can do just about whatever I want to do, growing up like I did. My dad was a farmer, a diesel mechanic, a welder, an auctioneer, owned a body shop and was a car salesman?he does everything."
After high school Jason planned to head to Nashville but his father convinced him to attend college at Vincennes University first and learn a trade, just in case. He earned his degree s and became a medical device engineer for Cook Medical in Bloomington, IN where he quickly rose up the ranks to lead the product development of their drug eluting stent program. But music was always lurking somewhere close by in his heart and soul, and Jason soon found he couldnt ignore its call. "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," admits Jason. "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."
The band became so popular that they opened for artists like Brooks & Dunn, Rodney Atkins, Luke Bryan and others who were coming through the area, and they even released their own CD in 2008. Tapped to be part of Kenny Chesneys "Next Big Star" competition, the band nearly won and made some invaluable contacts, but they soon went their separate ways with Jason determined to continue on as a solo act. He traveled to Nashville and met with a producer or two but didnt feel the right chemistry, so he returned to Indiana to focus on his music from his home state. When a phone call from Dane Clark, a member of John Mellencamps band came in, he knew he had found a musical family.
"Somehow Dane found out I wanted to do something and he contacted me and said why dont you and I get together and do this. I guess through a mutual friend the word had spread and it kind of knocked me flat. It was a great opportunity?I live 5 miles from Mellencamp and theyre a rock and roll hall of fame band! It was an honor to learn from their input, insight, experience and be buddies with them. Theyve all turned into great friends too. Its been one hell of an experience Ill never forget!"
The resulting album, Thats Me, is a vivid collection of audio snapshots of Jasons life. From the hard-driving, unapologetic opening strains of the sexy, growling title track to the scorching heat of "Endless Summer," you know exactly who he is, where he comes from, and what kind of ride youre in for?which is not for the faint of heart. A hell-raising country rocker who can tear it up all night long, he also shows he can break it down in the quieter moments on tracks like the seductive "Blankets," or spend moments in contemplation on what were all doing here on tunes like the homespun song "The Cover." And he sums up his journey so far on the heartland ode "Simple Life," a three-minute declaration of all that he is and holds dear. To understand Jason, pop in the CD and listen?he lays it out bare for you in three-minute vignettes packed with truth and honesty served straight up, just the way he likes it.
"I named the album Thats Me and I think you can really hear who I am in the songs. If you know anything about my background you know Ive been to Ozzfests and metal shows and I love bands like Pantera and Godsmack, but I also love George Strait and the bedrock band and singers of country music. Im a Sinatra fan, and love Beethoven and Bach and Handels "Messiah." Im just a fan of music, and I dig a lot of it. And all I can really say is thats me, thats my background, and what comes out of me and what Im into, and it better come across in my music or Ive done my job wrong! I just really want people to hear this and feel it and have a better understanding of who I am just from what Ive written. And I think they will."