Jerry Hager
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Jerry Hager


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The best kept secret in music


"Nashville Scene on Jerry Hager"

Intelligent, homespun, impeccably performed pop-folk. - Nashville Scene

"Pro Critic Radio"

It is always an enjoyable task, writing a review of a recording that has withstood the test of time … at least in my cd player. Jerry Hager’s "Sail" is one of the rare songs that has continued to receive play on Pro Critic Radio and Pro Critic Americana (on since I discovered it in January, 2001.

"Sail" falls into the category of Mark Cohn’s Grammy award winner "Walking In Memphis." Grounded in the Memphis influence of Americana, Jerry manages to blend roots instrumentation into a contemporary nu-Nashville folk / country rock tale. Other noticeable similarities lay in some of the earliest works of James Taylor or Kenny Loggins, before each of them slipped into the morass of sugar they did. We’re talking pretty heavy company for an indie artist to be compared to. I’d not be surprised to have "Sail" in rotation with "Fire and Rain" or "Vahevalla" in my collection in another twenty years, "Sail" is that well balanced a piece of music.

The long-term appeal of this recording lies in the simple idea that a simple story, told simply and with passion often makes the best of recorded songs. Nothing fancy here folks, just plain old simple storytelling, done very very well. The production was handled with care. Smoothly mastered, the basic recording and mixing of this song allows it to stand up exceedingly well against some nationally / internationally recognized works of the past forty years … and in fact, against some mastering I’ve heard on major label stuff during the past forty years as well.
Jerry also plays with some very highly accomplished musicians, including himself on acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass, and lead vocals. World class musicians, in fact. The performance chemistry on this recording is another facet that makes this song work so well. The performance is crisp … tight … in the pocket, with no sense at all of the kind of overplaying often heard with less seasoned and knowledgeable players. The players here mastered the individual parts before presenting the final product to the unsuspecting music fan. And that is a treat. As much as it’s evident that the song was recorded with multiple dubs in order to allow Jerry the chance to play so many instruments, each performance is as organic and spontaneously satisfying as the performance it is layered upon.

Charismatic, emotional, sensitive, light, well balanced, organic … these are the words I have in my head, describing the music of Jerry Hager. I have yet to tire of it … "Sail" is definitely a long-term keeper. - Chris K.

"Tulsa World"

With intelligent accessible lyrics & acoustic arrangements that take a bluegrass turn here, a pop turn there; Jerry Hager’s GENTLE MAN evokes some of the best qualities of the singer/songwriters of the '60s & '70s & recasts them for the '90s." - John Wooley


Songwriter Sessions - EP - Sept. 2004 - Blue Bourbon Music

Believing - Single - Sept. 2003 (Reached #5 on the Americana chart on the 19th, the day of its release, at!) and was nominated for Sensored Magazine's 2004 Starving Artist Award

Miles From Brushy - LP - 2003 - Blue Bourbon Music

Gentle Man - LP - 1993 - Blue Bourbon Music

Chasing The Sun - LP - Blue Bourbon Music (out of print)


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Nominated for Sensored Magazine's 2004 Starving Artist Award and one of America’s most expressive singer/songwriters, Nashville native Jerry Hager’s musical influences date back to his early youth in Detroit. His father was a gospel singer from Charleston, WV in the early 60’s. After relocating to Michigan, Clifford Hager was accompanied by Jerry on the road through most of Jerry’s childhood. After a few failed attempts at learning the guitar under instruction, the young apprentice found that he could learn to play on his own, by listening instead of just exercising. That is how Jerry Hager plays, writes & produces – by listening.

Jerry Hager attended The Recording Institute of Detroit in the late 1980’s. There he learned from old school Motown & Holland, Dozier Holland engineers & producers about audio & music. Soon he was working as an engineer on projects of George Clinton, Martha Reeves, Jad Fair & Half Japanese.

During that time, Hager was able to experiment with his music as well. He created & recorded music that he now admits was so over-produced that he lost control of it. But not long after, Jerry was approached by the music directors of a B-horror film from Troma Entertainment (Toxic Avenger, etc.) titled Frostbiter – Wrath of the Wendigo, which starred Ron Asheton of Iggy & The Stooges. They bought 5 experimental recordings, which he had created years before, & contracted Hager to co-write a promotional song for Ron Asheton & Elvis Hitler. He co-wrote & played Bitchin’ Babes with Detroit producer Steve Quick. Jerry can also be seen in the music video if you don’t blink.

Not very long after, Jerry Hager discovered the power of acoustic music. “I guess that was penance for the Bitchin’ Babes thing.” Jerry assembled an acoustic trio in Detroit & performed in Ann Arbor & Lansing. Just before leaving Michigan, he found himself living on the couch of guitarist, Kevin Killeen, as most great artists do at some point during their career. Finding an old 8 track reel to reel in the basement, Jerry recorded what turned out to be Gentle Man, his first CD. It remains to this day one of Hager’s favorite projects. With its contemporary pop sound, the first track, River Café, was well received on college radio in Lansing & Detroit. Woods has since been covered by Boston folk singer, Carl Cacho. The album’s I’ll Be With You Someday ranked number 3 on the Americana chart on

In 1993 Jerry relocated to Nashville. Concerned that his music didn’t fit in either a Country or Folk genre, he soon discovered that his music had been easily welcomed as Singer/Songwriter, Americana & AAA. Hager was very well received. He found that in Nashville he learned a great deal about playing, performing & most of all, what he wanted out of his own music. So he founded The Union Buffalo, a six-piece band supporting Jerry’s unique pop-oriented Singer/Songwriter style.

The Union Buffalo found themselves busy with a faithful following. The show was dynamic & the songs were emotional. But the vortex of other projects drew Jerry back into the studio as producer & engineer. He had started recording a Union Buffalo project but was unable to spend much time on it due to the massive amount of time dedicated to other artists. Hager worked with many regional artists like Hayseed, The Evinrudes, Joe Nolan, Tom Mason & The Boomgates. Then Jerry found himself playing bass guitar regularly with The Boomgates for a couple of years.

After the split of The Boomgates in 1999, Hager finally decided to finish the recording project that he started in 1994. And it took another two years to do that. After he was able to assemble songs that were recorded over a long span of time, Miles From Brushy was finally released through The album’s Sail, Have You Near & Finally Up each charted in the Americana top 10 on The final song on the album, I Walk Slow, has been covered by Hayseed on his most recent release, Home Grown. Thanks to a suggestion from Lucinda Williams, Hayseed’s version includes Hager’s original bed tracks.

Returning to Nashville from New York in 2003, Jerry Hager has revisited the stage & is scheduled to appear with The Union Buffalo in support of Miles From Brushy & to showcase eleven new songs from the forthcoming album, to be released this Christmas on which pre-production has already begun. The first release, 'Believing,' reached #2 on the Americana charts on & #5 on the its first day out on 2004 presents a long roster of projects on which Hager is working, including Joe Nolan, with whom he recorded Plain Jane & co-produced King. Jerry Hager looks forward to a very productive year supporting Miles from Brushy & the new project.