Jason Green

Jason Green

BandFolkAcoustic

Simple and singable, these songs sound familiar but you definitely haven't heard them. Striped down acoustic sound. Call it alternative, call it folk. Whatever you call it… it's good.

Biography

In the 1950’s, as America’s population boomed from the post-war economy, growing numbers of young families left the cities for something better. What they found was an escape from overbearing city life, a place to raise a family, and an altogether new way of living. This marked the first waves of the suburban sprawl.

Crieve Hall, south of Nashville, is one such neighborhood. It is here among the redbrick houses, parallel driveways, and well-manicured lawns that I was raised. Growing up in quiet humdrum suburbia sometimes felt like a death sentence for this restlessly curious kid. And as kids like me often do, I left home at 18 and joined the military, the Air Force to be exact. I couldn’t get on that plane to San Antonio fast enough. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into, but it had to be better than where I was. In the Air Force I eventually found myself in Japan by way of Texas and North Carolina. While stationed there I traveled to Australia, Malaysia, South Korea, the Philippines, and spent my 21st birthday in Tokyo. I assisted in Operation Enduring Freedom Philippines (OEFP), and my unit was one of the first responders to give aid and support in the aftermath of the devastating 2004 Asian tsunami.

I’ve since gotten out of the Air Force, received a college degree, and returned to the same suburb I once loathed, though now it has a familiarity of an old friend. Crieve Hall is my home and it’s where I continue to write and record.

I say all this to try and provide a context and a backdrop in which I write music. As writing goes, I wrote my first official song at 14, but by then I’d already been playing guitar and piano for a few years. I spent hours studying melodies and learning classical pieces note-for-note by ear. I’d hear a piece of music and sit by the piano until I cracked its code. For example, I remember the great sense of accomplishment I felt after learning Robert Schumann’s Kinderscenen - Traumerei (Scenes From Childhood – Dreaming). I listened for hours to a recording of it and hammered out the notes on the massive 1908 Beckwith upright grand in our living room. I loved playing that piano in attempts to unlock or uncover some magical musical combination or melody that perhaps no one had ever heard, much as a good sculptor frees a masterpiece from a plain block of marble. I’ve been writing songs for years, sometimes with voracious intent and other times with very little to show for it. However, I’ve stuck with it. I’ve stuck with it in a pursuit to express myself, impress myself and in general, to marry compelling melodies with compelling lyrics.

Discography

New Set of Constitutions EP released August 1, 2012

Set List

City of Lights
Back Against the Wall
New Set of Constitutions
Black and White
Collapse
Walking in the Dark
John Wilkes Booth