The Jason Leroy Band/Scarlet Runner

The Jason Leroy Band/Scarlet Runner

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Killer guitar is what Jason Leroy is all about!

National runner up, "The Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Competition," in Seattle, at age 16! 2012 Grand national finalist for "the Guitar Center Battle of the Blues," guitar competition in L.A. Grooveyard Records international recording artist!


Video of Jason Leroy's grand national finalist performance, "The Guitar Center Battle of the Blues" at Club Nokia in L.A. -

In 1994 at the tender age of fifteen and thirteen, brothers Christensen, Jason on guitar and Jack on bass, formed the blues/rock Power trio Scarlet Runner with their next door neighbor Luke Rathe (15) in the small town of Gilbertville, Iowa. Jason and Jack were inspired by their father John, who had a large blues and rock record collection, and they grew up with their father’s love of the music.

It was evident early on that Jason was very gifted as a guitarist and vocalist, and he led Scarlet Runner on the road to national acclaim. During the first year, Scarlet Runner played in front of large festival crowds and opened outdoors for the likes of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Wadena Rock Festival, and King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR, playing in front of thousands. The next year Jason entered the Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Competition, sponsored by the Hendrix estate via a demo of Manic Depression. He was selected for the Midwest regional competition held at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, where Jason won to a standing ovation and was presented a guitar from Jimi’s father! He then went to the national competition in Seattle (Hendrix’s hometown) and was national runner up! All this at the tender age of 16!

Back in their home state of Iowa during the next couple of years, Scarlet Runner won the Dubuque Thunderfest Battle of the Bands, in which over thirty bands from a tri-state area competed! They were voted three years in a row best rock and blues band in the “Cedar Valley” by readers of the Waterloo Courier. In this time they put out two CD’s, South Chain Gang and Departure. These albums got extensive air play regionally, as well as on the nationally syndicated Blues Deluxe radio program, with over two hundred stations subscribing to it across the country at that time! Scarlet Runner was also Musicians Magazines semi-finalist “Best Unsigned Band in America” two years in a row, and held similar honors with Mars Music “Big Deal Search!” They performed Rock Fest in Wisconsin with the likes of ZZ Top, REO Speedwagon, Loverboy, Boston, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Guess Who! They opened single concerts for the likes of B.B, King, Koko Taylor, Pat Benatar, and Storyville, just to mention a few.

In 2002 Scarlet Runner disbanded, but not before playing in 22 states at such world famous night clubs as The Grand Emporium, Kansas City, The Green Parrot, Key West, The Cabooze & Blues Saloon, Minneapolis, The Zoo Bar, Lincoln, Freebird Café, Jacksonville Beach, and The Cubby Bear North, Chicago, were just a few among many.

After disbanding, Jason Christensen spent three years on the east coast touring with drummer Jason Patterson of Cry of Love (Warner Bros) and Chris Duarte. Patterson then got the drummers spot with Corrosion of Conformity and left for a world tour supporting Motorhead. Jason then decided to return to Iowa and his roots. He reformed Scarlet Runner with his brother Jack and drummer Jeremy Ackley. News of their reunion spread fast, as the amount of dates and fan excitement over their reunion escalated at a tremendous pace! Soon the band was performing 150 plus dates a year!

In 2012, Jason Leroy Christensen entered "the Guitar Center Battle of the Blues." This was a competition held in 231 stores nationwide, with over 7000 contestants entering. Jason won the local Cedar Rapids store competition, then went on to the Twin Cities and won the regional. He then went to Chicago to compete in the "North Central Division Championship," and won that. He went on to be one of six grand national finalist in Los Angles at Club Nokia!

Scarlet Runner has put out a third CD on Grooveyard Records ( ), "Groove Thang," to national and international acclaim! There are plans for a new Grooveyard Records Release in 2013, under the Jason Leroy name! Jason Leroy Christensen has years and miles of experience behind him, much more so than his young age belies, and is ready once again, to tackle the blues/ rock music world!


1. "South Chain Gang" 1996 - Self released
2. "Departure" 1998 - Self released -
3. "Astro-nauts" EP 2005 - Self released
4. "Groovethang" 2007 - Grooveyard Records -
5. New album coming out in 2013 for Grooveyard Records

Set List

Scarlet Runner/Jason Leroy Band Originals

Covers by:

Angel – Jimi Hendrix
Are You Experienced – Jimi Hendrix
Cat Scratch Fever—Ted Nugent
Change In My Pocket – Georgia Satellites
Cleopatra – Chris Duarte
Cocaine – Eric Clapton
Cold Shot - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Crossroads – Eric Clapton
Dogman – King’s X
Empty Arms - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Foxey Lady – Jimi Hendrix
Hard To Handle – Black Crowes
Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
Hideaway – Freddie King
Honky Tonk Woman – Rolling Stones
I Shot The Sheriff – Bob Marley/Eric Clapton
Kiss – Prince
La Grange – Z.Z. Top
Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix
Midnight Rider – Allman Brothers
One Way Out – Allman Brothers
Pride & Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan
Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
Rock And Roll—Led Zeppelin
Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Stranglehold—Ted Nugent
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Give Me Three Steps - Lynryd Skynrd
Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Joker – Steve Miller