MasonJar Menagerie
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MasonJar Menagerie

Fountain Inn, South Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE

Fountain Inn, South Carolina, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Rock Blues Rock


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"Free Times"

Mason Jar Menagerie doesn’t sit still. Since forming three years ago, the Upstate trio has gigged relentlessly, striking out this spring with a contingent of Palmetto State bands for a showcase at Texas’ annual South By Southwest Festival. This self-titled platter, their second full-length and third release in as many years, makes good on this effort, sharpening the group’s bluesy rock ‘n’ roll. - Free Times

"Space City Rock-Houston, TX"

Closing out the night is Masonjar Menagerie, also of South Carolina, although with a far more overtly bluesy sound — which was kind of a surprise, actually, since the “Menagerie” part of their name made me immediately think of Tennessee Williams. There’s not much fragility here, but rather a wonderfully raw, desperate-sounding blues-rock stomp that brings to mind vintage White Stripes, The Black Keys, or Houston’s own The Beans. -

"Greenville News"

Mason Jar Menagerie with Long Canes and the Tijuana Fox. Black Friday shopping might give some folks the blues, but the band Mason Jar Menagerie will give you the blues of the musical variety. - Greenville News

"Spartanburg Herald- Spartanburg, SC"

Fountain Inn-based trio Mason Jar Menagerie is part of a growing trend of bands taking the energy and aggression of punk rock and applying them to classic Appalachian, folk and blues music. But the band, led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Jake Garrett, isn't quite the acoustic-guitar-and-washboard combo that some might expect, given its influences. - Spartanburg Herald

"Studio Session"

MasonJar Menagerie performs live on Studio 62. - Studio 62


MasonJar Menagerie-'Self-titled'



In a way, Jake Garrett has a foot in each group. It’s true that the affable, twang-spoken guy with braids in his hair is a resident of the house and the center of its musical goings-on, but he might also be its biggest fan, an incurable admirer of the unsaddled creativity that takes place within the walls of his home. Although primarily a singer and guitarist, Jake is able to produce something worthwhile from nearly any instrument he touches, and one quickly gets the impression that he derives just as much pleasure from his own songwriting as he does watching others work, surprising themselves with what they are able to accomplish with their own playing and writing. And this is the key to Jake’s merit as an artist. Although enormously talented himself, he possesses the rare combination of musical patience and basic human warmth that continuously brings out the best in those who have the good fortune to play with him. And they are legion. Due to his creative attention deficit, it’s difficult to keep a solid count of all of the music projects Jake is currently involved in, but his most inspired work comes through within the confines of the alternative country/bluegrass ensemble Blueroots and his most recent endeavor, the blues-rock trio Mason Jar Menagerie.

With regard to the latter, it can safely be said that blues-saturated rock and roll is nothing new. In fact, the genre seems to have experienced something of a low-fidelity renaissance in recent years, so it isn’t much of a coincidence that listeners experiencing Mason Jar Menagerie for the first time usually offer favorable comparisons to the Black Keys and early White Stripes recordings. But while such parallels work as an acceptable reference point, they don’t do much to explain how Jake, his sister/drummer Susan Garrett, and bassist Ameer Raja approach their music, because for all of its hoopla about rebellion and youthful aggression, rock and roll is a genre steeped up to its elbows in the mire of tradition. It’s an unfortunate fact that this tradition can be studied and mimicked to the point that it becomes something more closely resembling a trend, leaving little to nothing of its foundation, that hard-wired concrete slab on which the mass of imitators stand. Mason Jar Menagerie are not among them. When placed in the wrong hands, blues-based rock and roll can be an exhausting, lumbering beast that must be tolerated before we are allowed to move on to something that more efficiently steamrolls the human soul. But when it’s done properly—that is, with an emphasis on feeling instead of giving in to the prickly urge to make sense of it all, with the enthusiasm of a child and his brand new toy—it reminds a listener how much fun rock and roll can be and why so many of its adherents choose to pick up a guitar in the first place. Mason Jar Menagerie makes no claims of reinvention. It probably hasn’t even crossed their minds. There is no flash, no inane rock star pretenses. There is only Susan, bouncing in her seat and playing the drums with her whole body, Ameer, concerned with nothing but the groove and pushing the train steadily down the line, and Jake, wailing with his mouth and fingers and perfectly willing to play for seven hours straight if you’d let him.
by Michael Spawn

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