Jordan Chassan

Jordan Chassan


Jordan Chassan may be the only singer songwriter around with rave live performance reviews from shows at The Bluebird and CBGB both. With “East of Bristol, West of Knoxville” Chassan really comes in to his own with a stripped down, compelling style that is quietly blowing audiences away.


"...the world might be a better place if everyone listened to 'East of Bristol, West of Knoxville' at least once a day" -- Jim Fusilli, The Wall Street Journal

"Possibly the best under the radar album of the year." -- Isaiah Trost, Guitar World Acoustic

"Warning: this record is finger-picking good." -- Carrie Havranek, Performing Songwriter

Though now based in Nashville, Tennessee, singer/songwriter/guitarist Jordan Chassan actually got his start as a songwriter and bandleader in the New York underground movement of the 70s, with a critically acclaimed performance appearing on the seminal Atlantic Records compilation album "Live at CBGB". He signed in New York with Polydor Records, and his debut solo album "Jordan Chassan" was recorded live in the studio direct to stereo, capturing his seemingly effortless finger style acoustic guitar and vocal compositions in arrangements that included upright bass and brushed drums accompaniment. On his new album "East of Bristol, West of Knoxville" available domestically on Strong Recordings with Ryko Distribution, he really comes into his own with that stripped down and compelling style of his, delivering what Guitar World Acoustic recently called "Possibly the best under-the-radar album of the year (2005)."

Jordan Chassan began by studying classical piano, violin, and guitar, but by the tender age of seventeen he was leading his own band Stuart's Hammer in regular weekend gigs at the now legendary underground dive CBGB in New York City. Atlantic Records showed some interest in the blossoming scene and the band appeared on the Live at CBGB anthology. Rolling Stone magazine called the Chassan-penned tune "Everybody's Depraved" the "best song on the album... ... (it) never succumbs to the easy decadence the title implies." Said young Chassan "I'll be rich and famous!" This historic recording was recently reissued by Atlantic. Next came a succession of bands with independent releases, most notably The Young Hegelians, touring England and garnering rave reviews as "the best unsigned band in New York". After the demise of that highly promising band (whose excellent live recordings will soon be available on the new indie label Strong, Chassan decided to go it alone and began performing as a solo artist, first in Greenwich Village nightspots like Folk City, Tramps, and The Lone Star (but very recently at Joe's Pub and Irving Plaza), eventually building a wider Northeast base playing rooms like The Birchmere in Washington DC and Passim in Boston.

Fortune smiled again when record producer and impresario Davitt Sigerson heard a live recording and immediately signed Chassan to an exclusive contract with Polydor Records. The resulting album was recorded live in the studio direct to two tracks, featuring his distinctive songwriting, acoustic guitar, and vocals. The 1992 release won him many new fans and long deserved national attention. During the mid 90's Chassan relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where he now lives. Most recently he has been consumed with all aspects of recording, having built the Inglewood SoundBarn out of an old barn on his property. The studio features vintage analog equipment and an old school approach, and has been the center of lots of activity lately. In the related world of TV and film production, Chassan worked with the legendary musical historian Peter Guralnick as location sound recordist for the A&E Biography presentation "Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock n' Roll" which recently had its debut at the Museum of Television & Broadcasting in New York City.

Chassan has also been involved as a producer with several projects in various stages of completion. Amy Allison's album The Maudlin Years (Koch International) got lots of attention when it was released and popped up on Elvis Costello's list of 500 albums "essential to a happy life" as published in a special music issue of Vanity Fair magazine. Also completed is a solo album (vocal and guitar recorded live to stereo) by the late Walter Hyatt, much loved but as yet unreleased.

"When I finished construction on the Inglewood SoundBarn a few years back, the first guy I ran into in a trip back to New York was the great renegade writer / artist Mark Johnson" says Chassan. "His album 12 In a Room is an underground classic. To make a long story short, I kind of kidnapped him and brought him down to Nashville for the maiden voyage of the SoundBarn. We hung out and wrote some songs together and I got to really stretch out in terms of production quality." That project is now complete, and Mark’s new mini-album “Green Summer Rain” will be available sometime in 2006 on Strong Other production credits include former United Artists recording artist and Hollywood actor George Gerdes, hipster-revivalist Greg Garing, and Holly Yarbrough (daughter of folk legend Glenn Yarbrough).


See Quoted Lyrics in Press Section

Written By: Jordan Chassan

Published by Name Brand Songs/BMI


"East Of Bristol, West Of Knoxville" -released 2005 on Strong (Ryko distribution)
"Jordan Chassan" - released 1992 on Polygram Records
"Live at CBGB" - released in1976 on Atlantic Records

Set List

Jordan can perform a really solid hour or more.