Fishman Artist // Jason SpoonerMaine's own Jason Spooner Band (Jason Spooner - guitar & vocals, Reed Chambers - Drums & Percussion and Adam Frederick - Bass & vocals, Warren Mcpherson - Keyboards & vocals) is in the midst of one of the band's most exciting musical growth spurts to date.
The quartet stands out with an interesting signature sound that appeals to a wide range of audiences…. seamlessly blending a variety of musical influences and flavors into a cohesive and extremely listenable and danceable experience. Folk, roots/Americana, blues, groove-oriented rock with some elements of jazz, reggae and soul are all accounted for here and supported by a strong musicianship, interesting arrangements and intelligent songwriting.
"I think our individual musical tastes and backgrounds make this band appear like a bit of a science experiment on paper" says Spooner with a laugh. "Maybe even a Frankenstein's monster scenario where bits and pieces from different sources are melded together into a single, less-than-predictable entity. Fortunately the result works for us and we have a lot of fun with it. We certainly never got together to blueprint out the specific kind of band we aimed to be like perhaps a bluegrass, reggae or a jam band would. Our influences just seemed to seep into the mix organically, and things got more interesting as we added new members. I think this diversity has been an asset in the end and it's made us welcome at a huge variety of venues and festivals… we're as welcome at a jam band festival as we are at a folk festival, a Triple A pop radio event or even a big blues show."
The recipe has certainly served the band well… over the last few years this dynamic band has performed with acts as varied as B.B. King, John Mayer, Jackson Browne, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ray LaMontagne, Susan Tedeschi, Jackie Greene, G. Love, Guster, Blues Traveler, Peter Rowan and Sara Bareilles. Within the last few summers alone Jason and the band performed at Targhee Fest in Jackson Hole, WY - The Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT - The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT - FloydFest in Floyd, Va - The Festival at Sandpoint - Sandpoint, ID - The Naukabout Festival on Cape Cod, the River City Roots Festival in Missoula, MT - The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, CO and have been perennial favorites at The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT.
In addition to glowing recent press in High Times Magazine and USA Today, the band was recently named one of Relix Magazine's coveted "On The Verge - Bands you should know."
The band's last studio album (Sea Monster) was featured heavily on Sirius/XM's The Loft channel, on NPR's All Things Considered and at over 11,000 Starbucks retail locations nationwide. At its peak, the album reached the #18 on the national BDS Indicator chart for all of Triple A Radio. It was the only independent album on the chart at the time.
The summer of 2014 promises to be a turning point as the band prepares to release their forth album after spending much of the winter recording at Maine’s premiere (and newest) recording studio, HEARSTUDIOS in Camden, Maine. The results represent an exciting new direction and a musical maturity that will unquestionably make this release their most ambitious, cohesive and impressive to date. For more info on HEARSTUDIOS, visit their website: http://www.hearstudios.com