New England’s own Jason Spooner Band (Jason Spooner – guitar & vocals, Adam Frederick – bass & vocals, Warren Mcpherson – keyboards & vocals, and Dan Boyden – drums & percussion) is in the midst of one of the band’s most exciting musical growth spurts to date. The quartet stands out with an interesting signature sound that appeals to a wide range of audiences…seamlessly blending a wide variety of musical influences into a cohesive, energetic and listenable experience. Roots rock, Americana, blues, folk, and groove-oriented jazz with undercurrents of reggae and soul are all accounted for here and supported by audibly strong musicianship, interesting arrangements, and well-crafted, intelligent songwriting.
“I think our individual musical tastes and backgrounds make this band appear like a bit of a science experiment on paper” says Spooner with a laugh. “We certainly never got together to blueprint out the specific kind of band we aimed to be like perhaps a bluegrass, reggae, or a jam band would. Our influences just seemed to seep into the mix organically, and things got more interesting as we added new members. I think this diversity has been an asset in the end and it’s made us welcome at a huge variety of venues and festivals…we’re as welcome at a jam band festival as we are at a folk festival, a Triple A pop radio event. or even a big blues show.”
The recipe has certainly served the band well…over the last decade-and-a-half this dynamic band has performed with acts as varied as B.B. King, John Mayer, Jackson Browne, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ray LaMontagne, Susan Tedeschi, Brett Dennen, Jackie Greene, G. Love, Guster, Blues Traveler, Peter Rowan, and Sara Bareilles. The band has performed at Targhee Fest in Jackson Hole, WY; The Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT; FloydFest in Floyd, VA; The Festival at Sandpoint, Sandpoint, ID; The Naukabout Festival on Cape Cod; the River City Roots Festival in Missoula, MT; The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, CO; and have been perennial favorites at The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT.
In addition to glowing recent press in Guitar World Magazine, No Depression, High Times Magazine, Wood & Steel Magazine, and USA Today, the band was recently named one of Relix Magazine’s coveted “On The Verge – Bands You Should Know.” They won “Best Pop Act” in the 2017 Portland Phoenix Music Awards as well as the 2016 “Best Live Act” at The New England Music Awards.
No Depression Magazine calls their latest album “soulful and infectious…fusing a musical mixture of roots, country, jam, soul and island sounds into thirteen new tunes.”
The Portland Press Herald says “Spooner continues to be a consummate songwriter, weaving stories about sometimes simple, sometimes wildly complex human interaction and strife. His vision and sheer talent have resulted in another substantial album that is getting airplay at several radio stations around the country.”
The band recently acquired a recording space and studio in Portland, Maine as has been busily working on songs for a new album which they will be road testing on an upcoming tour of the Northwest with appearances in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
Photos: Nicole Wolf
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