For most of you, this will be the first time you have ever heard these songs. However, for those of us who knew Jason, these tunes are old friends, reclusive hermits whose warmth and personality stayed fixed in our ears long after we'd first heard them. Often years would go by without a peep from these playful and engaging melodies, wrought over so many hard-fought years. But upon their occasional return, at gatherings and sporadic jams, it was as if we had only heard them yesterday.
And when Jason left us so abruptly three years ago, we began to fear that we might never hear them again. So we contacted friends and family, collecting what scraps of tape and paper we could, reconstructing these gems and polishing them to present to the world, in hopes that although the man himself was gone, the best parts of him would live on. It is our deepest hope that we have fulfilled that mission, and that you will pass these precious flights of musical fancy on to future generations.
Teach them to young musicians. Play them at parties. Let them sing to you in your darkest hours. Appreciate their uniqueness in a way that Jason himself often could not.
And don't be surprised if you find that one day you miss Jason Jackson every bit as much as we do.
released November 12, 2014
Produced by John Hampton and Matthew Broyles
Executive Producers - Jeff Jackson, Janet Fluitt, and Fetzer Mills, Jr.
Special thanks to Melissa Vardas, Lee Parkinson, Kay Andrews, Patti Gibbs, Mauria Dillard, Randall Clark, Mike Taylor, Jeff Gibbons, and Barb Foster for making this possible.
John Hampton (tracks 1-4, 6-11, 14)
Adam Hill (tracks 5, 13)
Matt Ross-Spang (track 12)
Ardent Studios with engineer Robbie Randall (tracks 1-4, 6-11, 14)
Nick Choate (track 5)
Sun Studio (track 12)
Eagle Audio and Rotary Eleven Studio (overdubs)
Mastered by Kevin Nix at L. Nix Mastering
Clay Anderson - bass
Jeffry Simms - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Ed Rogers - guitar, vocals, Wurlitzer
Matthew Broyles - guitar, vocals, bass
Beth Brown - violin, vocals
Mark Williams - cello
Paul Shapera - keyboards
Nancy Giammarco - backing vocals
Tony Drewry - banjo and vocals on track 5
Adrian "Doc" Cook - electric washboard and vocals on track 5
David "Blackie" Graham - upright bass on track 5
James Dunn - guitar and vocals on track 13
Artwork and layout by Matthew and Janell Broyles
Photos courtesy of Preston Faggart and Janet Fluitt
Big thanks to Jason Bell for helping out in a pinch. We'll get you next time.