Georgia-Country.com Artist of the Month
On a monthly basis, Georgia-Country.com spotlights a Georgia artist that we feel is furthering their career in country music. Below is our current artist of the month. We hope you enjoy reading their interview and getting to know this artist more. Be sure to check out their music, videos and schedule for the month. If you are a Georgia-based artist, 18 and over, and would like to be considered for Artist of the Month, please contact us with your name and a website to review.
Our April Artist of the Month is Jason Earl. Below is our interview with Jason as he talks about his music and career.
GC: Jason, let's help Georgia get familiar with you. Where were you born and raised? Tell us about your family today.
JE: I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee; the youngest of three, and have two older sisters. My family and I moved to Georgia when I was in grade school. My Mom and Dad were professional musicians who both sang, while Dad played guitar and Mom played electric bass and piano. They played mostly country, bluegrass and gospel. My Dad passed away 16 years ago, but my Mom is still playing bass with her band, "The Good Timers." They play country and gospel, and primarily work as a charity to help entertain senior citizens. I am married with two kids: 1 boy, Dakota and 1 girl, Bailey. Bailey is in love with music and is learning guitar and singing, ALL THE TIME...EVERYWHERE!!
GC: Who were your music influences early on?
JE: I think my first musical influences were not only my parents, but also include: Eddie Rabbit, Merle Haggard, Earl Thomas Conley, Conway Twitty, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, John Conley, Vern Gosdin, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Tracy Lawrence, John Berry, Bryan White, Vince Gill, The Judds, John Michael Montgomery, Randy Travis....too many to list.
GC: When did you first play to a crowd?
JE: I was 5 or 6 years old and I played with my parent's band on stage at the Bell Witch Opry.
GC: You have a deep love of traditional country music. What are your thoughts on why there are not as many traditional country acts on today's radio?
JE: I think most labels are simply trying to market to the most active internet audience. Plain and simple, younger people "13-21" who lean toward rap, rock, and hip hop are more active online shoppers than the 35 and up crowd who listen to traditional country. That's why the new country sounds like a mix of rock, rap, and country. There are still tons of great new traditional artists out there like Mo Pitney, and Sturgill Simpson. I think traditional country is making a comeback.
GC: If you could do a duet with anyone (dead or alive), who would that be and why?
JE: My Mom and Dad, I would want my Dad to see how far I've taken what he taught me. I would love to be able to play and sing with him and my Mom together again.
GC: You write all of your songs. What tip would you give to anyone wanting to start writing their songs?
JE: Write all the time!! Even if it sucks at first, IT'S SUPPOSED TO SUCK AT FIRST. Great writing comes from experience. Keep it real, write songs that have a real meaning to you. That's what makes it believable when you perform your original works for an audience. Also, write to encompass your strengths, choose the key, the melody, and the timing carefully to fit your voice and your style of singing.
GC: You have played many of the venues in Georgia. What would you say is your favorite and why?
JE: In Georgia, I have many favorites! Shawn O'Brian's in Jackson, and Wild Bills in Gwinnett, Outlaws Saloon in Columbus, Smiths Old Bar in Atlanta, the Phoenix in Hiram, and the East Ellijay Pourhouse all come to mind. All of the rooms sound great, and the crowds at each one get really into it! The Mill Amphitheatre in Villa Rica is also one of my favorites because it's outdoors and it sounds great on stage.
GC: If you had just ONE wish for your career, what would that be?
JE: To be put on tour and the radio by a major label.
GC: What NON music activities do you enjoy?
JE: I love to play outdoors with my wife, kids, and our dogs. I like to work on my yard. I enjoy fishing, hunting, camping, recreational shooting, and cooking/hanging out with friends.
GC: What plans do you have for the rest of 2015?
JE: To finish the EP I am working on by April, and to release the full album before Christmas. This year the focus is on overall brand development, song writing, and producing the best possible album for my fans. It's also about networking and building relationships within the industry. But as always it's also to HAVE FUN!