Jason Kirkness

Jason Kirkness

 Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN
BandCountryRock

MDM Recordings artist, Jason Kirkness has been on the Canadian Country music scene for many years, spending many sweaty evenings playing his songs in small town bars and in big city honky tonks across the West. Get ready for a boot stompin', heart poundin', pulse racin', country rockin', good time!

Biography

Growing up in a small farming community in Southeast Manitoba, Jason Kirkness found his heart in country music. Since then he has been heavily influenced by the new Nashville sound while never straying too far from his roots.

Jason Kirkness is a songwriter by nature, but for his debut full-length solo album, Life on the Road, he's opted to feature work from Bruce Wallace & Steven Lee Olson (Ole/Roots 3, Nashville) along with local songwriter William Prince. Jason and William spent a lot of time together working out the themes and stories they wanted to share with the fans, but Jason's tour schedule left William to finish the songs on his own. The two have already started to co-write Jason's next album. The first single from Life on the Road entitled “Run Me Away” was released to radio in February 2011.

Jason has performed hundreds of shows throughout his home province of Manitoba and across Canada including opening spots for George Canyon, Dwight Yoakam, The Roadhammers and Deric Ruttan, along with showcases at the Canadian Country Music Awards in Edmonton and Canadian Music Week in Toronto. He and his band continue to connect with audiences across Canada in 2011 with dates from BC to Quebec as well as the Northwest Territories.

Currently, Jason has a management and development contract with Contact Artist Management, who is also the home of country artist Jerry Sereda, Ron Loutit and previously handled development & management for Bryce Pallister. Jason has also signed a Record and Distribution Deal with MDM Recordings which means national distribution through EMI.

Lyrics

Life on the Road

Written By: William Prince & Jason Kirkness - Music: William Prince

Thirteen, got a radio
Heard Johnny Cash playing on the Sunday Show
“Boy you best save your soul”

Sixteen, in a seedy bar
Saw an old man rockin' that steel guitar
Asked where I get one of those?

Said, ‘Son, you sure you wanna rock n’ roll?
‘Cause it ain’t a lot of glory, in fact the story goes”

It's loud crowds, little towns, playin’ the devil’s music when the sun goes down
If you ask me ‘bout life on the road, it ain’t the quickest way to heaven or paved in gold
There’s 10 more bands who play it hot like you
So every night you better be raisin’ the roof
It’s the greatest story to ever be told, yeah, that’s life on the road

Eighteen and I'm on my own
Never thought I'd ever feel so alone
Thought I best save my soul

Twenty-two and I started new
Never thought I'd have to leave a girl like you
The things you just don't know

Said, ‘Son, you sure you wanna rock n’ roll?
‘Cause it ain’t a lot of glory, in fact the story goes”

It's loud crowds, little towns, playin’ the devil’s music when the sun goes down
If you ask me ‘bout life on the road, it ain’t the quickest way to heaven or paved in gold
There’s 10 more bands who play it hot like you
So every night you better be raisin’ the roof
It’s the greatest story to ever be told, yeah, that’s life on the road

And Miss Cali-forn-i-a-oh!
Little bit of Marilyn mixed in with a bit of rock n’ roll
She’s got the sweetest little grin that hits like a song on the ra-di-o
And she’s alright by me

And she ain’t VIP but she’s A-OK!
So let that girl come to the back of the stage now
Sing along with every word
in the prettiest voice I ain't never heard

It's loud crowds, little towns, playin’ the devil’s music when the sun goes down
If you ask me ‘bout life on the road, it ain’t the quickest way to heaven or paved in gold
There’s 10 more bands who play it hot like you
So every night you better be raisin’ the roof
It’s the greatest story to ever be told, yeah, that’s life on the road

Run Me Away

Written By: William Prince

Some men might need lots of things
Cars and a big ‘ole house
But baby, what you get is what you see
‘Cause all I need’s right now

So if you swing for the fences and you’re good to let go
Come baby ride, honey let’s roll!

Run me away from this town
Steal me against my will
Push that pedal down, take my soul to the places it’s never been
Run me away from this town
Just let the stereo play
‘Til the end of the headlights make their escape to
The start of a brand new day, oh baby, run me away

Some girls might have everything
The cars and a big ole’ house
But baby, what you’ve got is what I need
You’re everything I’m talkin’ about

So let’s swing for the fences, good to let go
Come baby ride, honey let’s roll!

Run me away from this town
Steal me against my will
Push that pedal down, take my soul to the places it’s never been
Run me away from this town
Just let the stereo play
‘Til the end of the headlights make their escape to
The start of a brand new day, oh baby, run me away

Away ‘cause I’ve been here too long
Same guitar and same old song
All the miles we’ve left to go
I can’t go it alone
No, I can’t go it alone, so

Run me away from this town
Steal me against my will
Push that pedal down, take my soul to the places it’s never been
Run me away from this town
Just let the stereo play
‘Til the end of the headlights make their escape to
The start of a brand new day, oh baby, run me away

Leavin'

Written By: William Prince

We're too good for this, tell me if I'm wrong
We're too Nine to Five too steady for too long
We're a whole lot like what everyone likes us to be

We're too ordinary, everything's just fine
Pack a bag and then we'll rush the silver line
I'm feeling good to go
Let's leave it all behind

What you think about leavin'
on a one way ride
Take my hand slow dance with the world outside
Take a little time, yeah take a little time
Just to live this life

So let's go anywhere and everywhere you like
Ride every road into those Vegas city lights
Dip your feet into the ocean
We could be California coastin'

What you think about leavin'
on a one way ride
Take my hand slow dance with the world outside
Take a little time, yeah take a little time
What you think about leavin'
all of this behind
Take my hand get lost in the world outside
Take a little time, yeah take a little time
Just to live this life

Leavin'
Down every road
Leavin'
With no place to go
Leavin'
We'll do it on our own
Leavin'
Just Leavin'

What you think about leavin'
on a one way ride
Take my hand slow dance with the world outside
Take a little time, yeah take a little time
What you think about leavin'
all of this behind
Take my hand get lost in the world outside
Take a little time, yeah take a little time
Just to live this life
What you think about leavin'

Wanna

Written By: Bruce Wallace

Summer sun sizzlin'
browning up your pretty skin
Toes on the dashboard
Painted pink
Leather seats too hot
looking for a shady spot
you give a little smile
give a little wink

getting high on you baby
never felt better
don't you love it when a real good
plan comes together

don't it just make you wanna
yeah wanna
Live large
Rock hard
Love like a wild fire
Dance all night
With the rain fallin' on ya
Don't it just
Don't it just
Don't it just
make you wanna

Well it's a hot night
Starlight
What you got is feeling right
Honey i was thinking
We should bottle this up
Cranking up and old song
Melting down the stereo
Dancefloors rocking in the bed of this truck

Jam to the rhythm
And I don't mean a little
Groove like the stones
With a hillbilly fiddle

We ain't here for a long time
We here for a good time
So taste that sweet summer wine
Baby while you're mine

Send My Heart

Written By: Steven Lee Olsen

This was supposed to be hands down guaranteed
out of the park yeah home run
We said our last good byes gave it an honest try
Tears and all we were down

so how did we end up here
i know what we had has disappeared

Ain't gonna send my heart
down that lonely road no more
it's been beaten an bruised
too many times before
not lettin it start
just to watch it fall apart
ain't gonna send my heart
down that lonely road no more

It's been a long year stuck in second gear
and i'm getting over gettin' over you
you want to try again but I'm a wiser man
and i can't go there even if i wanted to

you should turn and walk away
cause it's only fair that you should know

You can't fix what's not broken anymore
i finally found who i was before

Shake Something Loose

Written By: William Prince

Close those blinds girl, just be mine for a little while
‘Cause it’s been ages since, I’ve seen that pretty smile

So we’re gonna dance just me and you
Go on and make us a little room
‘Cause all week I see you going through
A little bit more than you need to

C’mon baby, you drive me crazy
The dance floor’s waitin’ for me and you
‘Cause it’s a 9 to 5 world, but tonight you’re mine girl
So get on your boots and let’s shake somethin’ loose
Mmm, shake somethin’ loose now!

Take your time girl, but keep in mind that I’m ready to go
‘Cause I’ve been waitin’, anticipating to start the show

So we’re gonna dance just me and you
Go on and make us a little room
‘Cause all week I see you going through
A little bit more than you need to

C’mon baby, you drive me crazy
The dance floor’s waitin’ for me and you
‘Cause it’s a 9 to 5 world, but tonight you’re mine girl
So get on your boots and let’s shake somethin’ loose
Mmm, shake somethin’ loose now!

So we’re gonna dance just me and you
Go on and make us a little room
‘Cause all week I see you going through
A little bit more than, a little more than, a little bit more than you need to

C’mon baby, you drive me crazy
The dance floor’s waitin’ for me and you
‘Cause it’s a 9 to 5 world, but tonight you’re mine girl
So get on your boots and let’s shake somethin’ loose
Mmm, shake somethin’ loose now!

No Cowboy

Written By: William Prince

Well I never met a filly that I couldn’t tame
‘Til one special summer with what’s her name
She was in town for the rodeo, her daddy sold cars while her mama stayed home

Walked on up in my new cowboy boots
Said a lil’ somethin’ like ,”how are you?”
Rolled her pretty blue eyes, said, “stop right there, I didn’t come here to get no country air”

She said, “No cowboy, no cowboy, no!
I don’t date boys from the rodeo
No cowboy, no cowboy, no! You’re better off talkin’ to the hitchin’ post No cowboy, no cowboy, no! I love Billy Jean and rock n’ roll!
No cowboy, no cowboy, no!”
She said, “No, cowboy!”

Well I could tell right then she’d be the hardest to rope
So I made a proposition and she couldn’t say no
“This here’s Bill, the meanest bull in the barn, if I can stay on I get a kiss for a start”

She laughed and said, “This one’s in the bank,
When your saddle has crutches then you’re only to thank”
I hopped on up, gave a wink and “haw”, city girl couldn’t believe what she saw

She screamed, “Go cowboy, go cowboy, go!
Hold on tight and get ready to roll”
“Go cowboy, go cowboy, go!” Betcha’ never seen it done like this before
“Go cowboy, go cowboy, go! If you want that kiss you better never let go”
Go cowboy, go cowboy, go!”
She said, “Go, cowboy!”

Well needless to say I got the girl on my arm
And the sweetest little kisses in the back of the barn
She said, “I never thought I’d ever meet a boy like you, and I can’t help lovin’ everything that you do”

That was three years ago and every night since then
We’ve be lacing up the saddles and pitchin’ the tents
Just goes to show you shouldn’t let go and never underestimate the cowboy code

And now she says, “Oh cowboy, oh cowboy, oh!
Hold on tight - never let me go
Oh cowboy, oh cowboy, oh! I love your faded jeans and the way we roll!
Oh Cowboy, oh cowboy, oh! Never thought I’d find love at the rodeo
Oh cowboy, oh cowboy, oh!
Now she says, “Oh, cowboy!”

I Play The Music

Written By: William Prince

It was late one night in a brand new town
The boys were packing up and I was tearing down
It was a helluva show that would’ve made my momma proud

Clicking the switch on my old guitar case
Up walked the girl with the prettiest face and said,
“I must be crazy but nice to meet you anyway’

She said, ‘You boys in the band are quick to break hearts,
So I won’t give you mine, there’ll be no need to start”
I said, “Hold on darlin’, babe you got me all wrong,
Cause’ this ole’ cowboy sings a new kind of song”

I play the music not the girls
I write the love songs without the hurt
Forget all you’ve ever known, or heard on the radio ‘bout boys like me breakin’ hearts
‘Cause I’m just one cowboy, who wants one girl
To share center stage, be my whole world,
So if you’re willing, let’s give it a whirl
‘Cause I play the music not the girls

There were a few dosey-does in the bright neon light
We laughed and talked ‘til the end of the night
Bartender shut it down, forgot about the town I needed gettin’ to

She said, ‘So here we are at the end of the road,
No need to say it, I know how it goes’
I said, ‘Hold on darlin’, babe you got this all wrong
This won’t be goodbye if you come along!’

I play the music not the girls
I write the love songs without the hurt
Forget all you’ve ever known, or heard on the radio ‘bout boys like me breakin’ hearts
‘Cause I’m just one cowboy, who wants one girl
To share center stage, be my whole world,
So if you’re willing, let’s give it a whirl
‘Cause I play the music not the girls

Discography

Life on the Road - Summer 2011
01 - Get On
02 - Run Me Away (Single released February 2011 peaked at #68)
03 - Shake Something Loose
04 - Send My Heart (Single release March 2012)
05 - Leavin'
06 - No Cowboy (Single released July 2011 peaked at #76)
07 - Wanna
08 - If It Didn't Matter So Much
09 - Life on the Road
10 - I Play the Music
11 - Cry

In Another Minute - 2008
01 - Right Now Ain't the Right Time
02 - In Another Minute

Set List

Jason Kirkness sets can run from 30 - 60 minutes and will include selections from the following:

IN ANOTHER MINUTE - SINGLE(2008):
Right Now Ain't The Right Time
In Another Minute

LIFE ON THE ROAD - (2011):
Wanna
Shake Something Loose
Run Me Away
Go Cowboy
Cry
If It Didn't Matter So Much
Send My Heart
I Play the Music
Get On
Leavin'
Life on the Road

COVERS:
Covers will be throughout the set as tasteful reworkings of classics as well as some faithful renditions of popular country, rock, and pop songs.