Safely Down: The Songs of Jason Jackson
The late Jason Jackson left a huge trove of unrecorded tunes, performed here by a stellar group of artists, and produced by Grammy winner John Hampton. The songs run circles around genres, ranging from rock to country to pop and more.
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 days. 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 one day you find that you miss Jason Jackson every bit as much as we do.
All My Life
The Matthew Show
The single for Episode 5 of The Band That Never Was podcast. A tale of reflection and self-realization.
The Band That Never Was is a podcast about a failed teenage band. All My Life, the single from Episode 5, captures the uncertainty of life in young creative minds, and asks questions about resignation vs fighting the good fight.
Guest vocals are by Sydney Wright, Terry Lynn Melody, and Bella Jackson.
All My Life 5:200:00/5:20
Inklings (An Acoustic Ep)
A study in cerebral pop.
A friend of mine once said you're not a real writer unless you have a discard pile. Whether that's true or not, the fact is that my stack of throwaways completely dwarfs the one with the keepers. And yet there's always been this third pile, full of things that kept quietly tapping me on the shoulder over the years. While they would never quite jump up and say "I am something," neither are they Nothing. So I have decided to give them their own little stage here, and let you be the judge. Some are new-ish, some less so, and some over a decade old. Some may get the full studio treatment one day, some may not. Some may not even be finished yet. But here they are, naked as can be; my inklings. Make of them what you will.
The Matthew Show
A ramble through the pop, rock, and country landscape through a decidedly off-center lens. Recorded by five Texas musicians during a Memphis sojourn in February 2012, very live and very original.
I never thought I would release another album. The world of the single is upon us, and putting together a collection of songs to be heard as a unit seemed a bit like sending a buggywhip salesman to a car show. But in February of 2012, I brought the best band I've ever had to Memphis at the behest of a friend. We knew we would record a song by my late friend Jason Jackson at Sun Studio, but had no concrete plans for the two hours of free studio time we had inadvertently scored at Ardent. So we just started playing, and before I knew it, we had created...an album. Which, as I say, was not supposed to happen anymore. But it did, and I'm very glad to have captured this snapshot, not only of these songs, but of this group of musicians. I hope you enjoy it even half as much as we have.