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Jason Patrick Meyers

Cleveland, Ohio, United States | SELF

Cleveland, Ohio, United States | SELF
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Aug
12
Jason Patrick Meyers @ Grog Shop, The

Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA

Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA

Jun
11
Jason Patrick Meyers @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Mar
01
Jason Patrick Meyers @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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By John Benson, Special to The Plain Dealer
Feeling as though he needed a break from his country-rock act Redwater RoJo, singer-guitarist Jason Patrick Meyers recently released his self-titled debut EP.
"I just want to branch out," said Meyers, a 1999 Solon High School graduate. "There's a lot of good musicians in the city, and I wanted to be selfish and play with as many of them as I can, basically. It's Americana and country. When you say country in Cleveland, everybody gets turned off, so saying Americana is smarter."
Previously known for his electric guitar work, Meyers said he's going unplugged on the EP exploring his roots, which range from John Fogerty to gospel and even jazz. The material includes stomping, drinking music and introspective thought-provoking tunes.
"I've had these songs in my head for a long time," Meyers said. "I have like 500 songs written, but I only recorded four. I'm kind of picky. It's always better to leave them wanting more, so to me it's better to release a little bit more often than release too much at once. These were songs that were too country for Redwater RoJo. If Redwater RoJo was steak, then what I'm doing now is Southern fried chicken."
With a backing band of Joe Romito (guitar), Bill Crompton (bass), Derek Desko (percussion) and Laura Simna (violin), Meyers has booked an EP-release show for 9 p.m. Saturday at the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland. Headlining is Whitey Morgan & The 78's, with the Robbie Jay Band and Guggy's Rock-n-Roll Party 101 also on the bill. Cover is $10. Call 216-383-1124. - The Cleveland Plain Dealer


It’s hard to say what to consider your musical debut when you were born into music. Cleveland native Jason Patrick Meyers is prime example – a musician nearly by birth. It has taken him until now to put out his handcrafted debut, an EP entitled What If. Four songs in length, the EP is country. Not country twang, but music you’d want to listen to if you were driving through the country… with a fiddle.

The release kicks off with its strong song, one that appropriately shares its name with the EP’s title. “What If” illuminates life’s indecisions and decisions and how they will affect the rest of your life. The center focus is on love and the right person – weighing your life with someone against a life without. The songs are a swirl of acoustic and electric guitar, fiddle and drum. “The Jury” brings an anecdotal story of growing up in judgmental eyes and in the eyes of those typically judged. The message – treating everyone like a “jury judging me” – resonates well after the song.

Lastly comes “Whiskey Angel” and “Mississippi Rain,” the most traditional country songs off the EP. Piano breezes through “Whiskey Angel,” accenting a light-hearted song that undoubtedly will cause foot taps or full Western dancing. The songs are strong lyrically; whether you’re the type that listens just for words or for the beat, you’ll be satisfied with this EP.

Jason Patrick Meyers releases What If on Sat 6/11 @ the Beachland Tavern. Meyers will be playing alongside Whitey Morgan & The 78's from Michigan, Robbie Jay Band from Youngstown and Guggy’s Rock-n-Roll Party 101. Preview his music at http://JasonPatrickMeyers.com to convince yourself that this is a show you don’t want to miss! - Coolcleveland.com


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Jason was born into a musical family in Cleveland, OH. His mother, a piano teacher at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and his father, a double bass player, raised Jason in a house full of songs. Jason started his own musical journey on the piano at the age of two. While other kids played video games and watched MTV, Jason would watch footage of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, and Charlie Parker as his father played along on his double bass. He would follow his folks around the house with a toy guitar, providing a musical narrative to their daily goings-on. Jason’s parents knew that, even at such an early age, he would become a songwriter.

Moving through the years, Jason’s songwriting skills developed, informed by diverse influences such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mahalia Jackson, T-Model Ford, Eric Clapton, etc. Contemporary artists such as Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Gary Allan, and Alison Krauss also shape his eclectic writing style. From hard-hitting numbers, such as 'Flip the Switch’' and 'The Wait', to reflective tunes like 'Your Yesterday' and 'Country Song Bye-Bye', Jason Meyers' lyrics draw the listener in and give them something worth holding on to.
Jason’s work with bands such as Redwater Rojo and American Swill have drawn attention to his earnest, personal lyrics. Songs on Redwater Rojo’s two records have received airplay on radio stations in Cleveland, Youngstown, and Buffalo. A Redwater Rojo fan approached Jason after a show and told him that she and her husband used his song ‘What If’ for their first dance at their wedding. One listen to Jason’s lyrics in that song and it’s easy to hear why.

Looking to the future now, Jason Patrick Meyers continues to build on his songwriting talents. In addition to working on material for a new record, Jason is working on writing songs for other artists. Jason also hopes to collaborate with some of his favorite writers and musicians. Through all of this, one thing is certain: Jason Patrick Meyers’ songs connect with a wide range of people.

Keep an ear out for Jason. He’ll be speaking to you soon.