Jason Bailey Band
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Jason Bailey Band

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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Jason Bailey Band @ Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center

Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Birmingham, Alabama, USA

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Jason Bailey Band @ private wedding

Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Birmingham, Alabama, USA

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Jason Bailey Band @ private wedding

Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Birmingham, Alabama, USA

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T WAS NO AVERAGE GARAGE SALE SPLURGE. The dusty mandolin that was one family’s quick cash is now responsible for someone’s professional career. Birmingham composer, teacher and performer Jason Bailey laughs when recalling his introduction to the mandolin.

“Right when I graduated from high school, my dad went to a garage sale and got a mandolin,” Jason explains. “I was asleep and he was like ‘Hey, look what I got.’ I didn't really care. But I got up and I started clanking on it,” he says. Jason felt an immediate connection. “I just liked the sound,” he remembers. “I didn’t even know music like that existed. It opened my ears and my inspiration.”

That summer, he couldn’t put the instrument down. “Some other friends and I would get together and play some tunes,” Jason says. “One thing led to another and we started getting some gigs and some more gigs.” By his junior year in college he was performing almost every night.

Jason’s unique instrument and style distinguish him in the Birmingham music community. “I never really listened to just one genre,” he says. “My dad's record collection was pretty diverse. All kinds of music were in my head. When I picked up the mandolin, I wasn't really thinking about playing a certain thing. It all meant the same to me.”


“Teaching lessons also teaches me,” he explains. “First it makes me more conscious of what I'm doing. Everyone is going to ask some question that I never really realized or thought about. I have also learned more things about technique than before.”

Jason currently teaches mandolin at Fretted Instruments in Homewood, where he gives lessons to five to eight students daily. “Teaching lessons also teaches me,” he explains. “First it makes me more conscious of what I'm doing. Everyone is going to ask some question that I never really realized or thought about. I have also learned more things about technique than before.”

Jason advises students to “stick with it. You have to keep doing it enough to get good at it. I tell students it will take somewhere between one and a million times of doing this before you get good at it. So start doing it right now.”

Teacher by day and mandolin performer by night, Jason entertains Birmingham with his music. He enjoys both roles. “The rewards are different. Teaching is interacting with someone personally and watching them grow as a musician. But if I had to do one or the other, I would choose performing.”


However, the road to becoming a recording artist and performer has been a little more difficult. Jason’s highly-rated CD, Southwood, debuted in 2003 on his own label, Joots Music. "It took about a year and a half [to do the album],” Jason explains. “It was done in Nashville, which was part of the reason why it took so long because I couldn't go up there and just stay for two months. All the musicians were from Nashville, so I did a lot of driving back and forth.”

His newest album, September in the South, as released in 2007 to similar glowing praise. Jason says that his biggest obstacles in the music industry have been making phone calls to stay booked and relying on other people to achieve his dream. But hard work and patience have paid off because both albums have been well-received. Their bluegrass overtones, Celtic, classical and jazz influences have earned Jason a nice following.

“The good thing about Birmingham is that the music community is great. Because of that I get to play a lot,” Jason says. Both of Jason’s albums are available locally at Fretted Instruments and on iTunes.



- Portico Magazine


The second solo release from this talented Birmingham, Alabama native blends bits of original swing/jazz with newgrass, celtic and other styles that make for an enjoyable listening experience.

Support from Andy Leftwich, Cody Kilby, Scott Vestal, Byron House, Rob Ickes, John Mock and many others.
- mandolincafe.com


Jason Bailey's first solo recording is an all original album of acoustic music influenced by the diversities of bluegrass, celtic, classical and jazz featuring mandolin, violin, guitar, double bass, banjo, dobro, and bouzouki. Musicians include Ricky Skaggs' band member Andy Leftwich.
- mandolincafe.com


Cybergrass tries to introduce our readers to new acts around the country. Today, we want to introduce you to the Jason Bailey Band from Birmingham, Alabama. The Jason Bailey Band definately has influences form the pioneers of acoustic music, David Grisman, Tony Rice, Stephanne Grappelli, Tim O'Brien, Sam Bush, Mike Marshall and many more. However, what sets Jason Bailey apart from others in this genre is that his music is yet another step further from the prieviously pushed boundries of his predecessors. Here is an Acoustic/Americana-Acoustic artist that is starting out on the right foot. His latest album features bluegrass star fiddler Andy Leftwich.




As a mandolinist, composer, teacher, and studio musician, Jason Bailey possesses the range of musicianship expected from a well-seasoned professional. Bailey has twice been a feature artist on WBHM's Tapestry for his solo recordings, Southwood and September in the South. In addition, both albums have been a feature for the online magazine, MandolinCafe.com.
Public radio WBHM invited him on their local program Tapestry, which showcases Alabama artists. The high energy bluegrass tribute Hog Waller Holler aired on the show prior to the brief interview with Jason. Although the album has many bluegrass overtones, bluegrass is not the only category of music that characterizes the album.


"There is an excellent mandolinist in our city. He's quietly accomplished - not the kind of guy to brag or boast - so we'd better do it for him."
-Mary Colurso, City Scene, Dec. 07

Bailey's latest album, Southwood, is a documented journey of Jasons freedom to not be limited by one musical genre. Featuring nine original compositions the album flows from one song to the next allowing the listener to follow along the same journey; its a reflection that signifies Jasons innovative spirit, mandolin mastery and professional compositional skills.

In 2007 Bailey was nominated for the Birmingham Area Music Awards in the category of best Country/Bluegrass/Americana artist. He also plays with Birmingham-based favorites such as Stuart McNair and the Contraband, Lolly Lee and Jason Bailey (a.k.a. Sugar Mama and the Poolboy), The Lost Jim Trio, celtic-infused Shilleleagh Law, folk/rock Three Man Stone, bluegrass group The Bluegrass Cartel and the regional touring jazz/bluegrass/southern jam band Tonal Vision. He has been a guest at Birmingham's City Stages and Do Dah Day, Mobile's Bayfest, Georgia's Little Turnip Town Overnight Music Jam, and The Acoustic Café in Hayden, Alabama to name a few.


"Call Jason Bailey a musician. Call him a mandolin player. But don't call his music bluegrass. At least not all of his music. Bailey says he enjoys playing all kinds of instruments from around the world but continues to play the mandolin because of its unique sound...a sound that transcends musical genres."
-Greg Bass, WBHM Tapestry
The band consists of Jason Bailey (mandolin, bozouki), Aaron Branson (upright bass), Jenny Obert (fiddle), Marcus Buckner (guitar, banjo), and Chris Fyar (drums). So far Jason Baily has two albums out, Southwood and September in the South. You can visit Jason on MySpace at www.MySpace.com/jasonbaileymandolin and listen to what this artist is all about.


- cybergrass.com


These guys remind me of the Dixie Dreggs and that's a good thing. They have also listened to Bela
Fleck, not bad either. Congratulations on being the best submission from a very tough month of competition. You will
be featured in my newsletter The Music City Beat! and be posted at Pat Adams Tennessee Concerts with contact info,
bio, pic and links.
- tennesseeconcerts.com


Discography

Southwood
September in the South
Mandolbug

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Jason Bailey Band definately has influences form the pioneers of acoustic music, David Grisman, Tony Rice, Stephanne Grappelli, Tim O'Brien, Sam Bush, Mike Marshall and many more. However, what sets Jason Bailey apart from others in this genre is that his music is yet another step further from the previously pushed boundries of his predecessors.
“There is an excellent mandolinist in our city. He’s quietly accomplished - not the kind of guy to brag or boast - so we’d better do it for him.” -Mary Colurso, City Scene, Dec. 07

“Call Jason Bailey a musician. Call him a mandolin player. But don't call his music bluegrass. At least not all of his music. Bailey says he enjoys playing all kinds of instruments from around the world but continues to play the mandolin because of its unique sound...a sound that transcends musical genres.”
-Greg Bass, WBHM Tapestry

As a mandolinist, composer, teacher, and studio musician, Jason Bailey possesses the range of musicianship expected from a well-seasoned professional. Bailey has twice been a feature artist on WBHM’s Tapestry for his solo recordings, Southwood and September in the South. In addition, both albums have been a feature for the online magazine, MandolinCafé.com. In 2007 Bailey was nominated for the Birmingham Area Music Awards in the category of best Country/Bluegrass/Americana artist. He also plays with Birmingham-based favorites such as Stuart McNair and the Contraband, Lolly Lee and Jason Bailey (a.k.a. Sugar Mama and the Poolboy), The Lost Jim Trio, celtic-infused Shilleleagh Law, folk/rock Three Man Stone, bluegrass group The Bluegrass Cartel and the regional touring jazz/bluegrass/southern jam band Tonal Vision. He has been a guest at Birmingham's City Stages and Do Dah Day, Mobile's Bayfest, Georgia's Little Turnip Town Overnight Music Jam, and The Acoustic Café in Hayden, Alabama to name a few.