Jason Spiewak
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The best kept secret in music

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Discography

You Have Me Wrong - 2003

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"Alterna-Billy Joel" – The Village Voice

Jason Spiewak is a man with a piano and an arsenal of witty, insightful songs. In New York, that's pretty much like saying he's a human being – after all, there's plenty of them around. But Spiewak stands out from the pack, not only because of his stick-like-glue melodies, but because he has a little something extra to prove.

Spiewak isn't just a performing musician – he's an employee of independent label Rock Ridge Music. When he's not on stage serenading, his forte is the development and promotion of up-and-coming young rock bands and some of the legendary troubadours that he strives to equal.

In an industry under fire for knowing a fair bit more about international finance than music, Spiewak is practicing what he preaches -- putting his music where his mouth is. Of course, he's an old hand at that. Prior to joining Rock Ridge Music and previous stints at TVT Records and Artemis Records, Spiewak played keys and sang with the Pennsylvania rock band Blue Suede Groove, releasing three albums and touring extensively around the east coast. "I learned a thing or two about the music business by working so hard to get into it as an artist," Spiewak says. After Blue Suede Groove split in 2001, Spiewak spent months adapting songs he'd written for the band for a solo piano act, as well as writing a slew of new material and honing his live act.

Spiewak's songs are mostly eloquent takes on the three L's: love, life and loss. From "Spot" (a tender farewell to a dying loved one) to the affectionate ballad "I Know That's Real" to "Don't Believe Me" (a recollection of the time when Spiewak was seven years old and nearly burned down his family's home), the vivid expression and everyman sensibility of Spiewak's songwriting makes intimate situations accessible, and personalizes general themes to give a unique perspective. At the same time, Spiewak's more humorous material is full of pleasant surprises too: "Strummer" is, in his own pianophile words, "about how annoying guitar players are and the sad state of Unsigned America."

With a rare combination of ace musical chops and an insider's understanding of the business of making music, Jason Spiewak already has a head start on making the scene. His songs will take care of the rest: straightforward, honest tunes with a certain home in the cache of majestic Americana.