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Polished Edge: Jason Eady to perform at Watermelon Jubilee
Mississippi native and Texas transplant Jason Eady will open for “Cody Canada and The Departed” and “Reckless Kelly” during the 69th annual Stockdale Watermelon Jubilee and Rodeo Saturday, June 15.
A six-year stint in the U.S. Air Force as a translator placed him in a slew of foreign cultures giving him a universal look into the nature of human beings and a good jumping-off point for his comprehensive lyrical translations. He has spent the last seven years in an incubation period undergoing a musical metamorphosis that has led him through lonesome delta blues, inspirational church-house harmonies, poetically spun tales of Americana, and into the naked and honest regions of good ol’ country music.
His 2007 sophomore release, “Wild Eyed Serenade,” produced by Eady, reached No. 14 on the Americana Music Chart.
Expect a surprise with the pop and rock singer, whose music was shaped and influenced by the environment of Southern culture and the gothic American South. His fourth record release in 2012, “AM Country Heaven,” was a side project with friend and producer Kevin Welch. The plan was to lay down some old-school authentic country music out of sheer self-indulgence and as a labor of love.
“I love that old-school country music so much. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of artists doing it these days,” Eady said. “It’s almost the opposite ... like people are running away from it. I admit that this record is a drastic departure from anything I have done before, but this is where my heart is.”
Although the radical departure that is “AM Country Heaven” is sure to strike fans like a storm without warning, it seems that Eady is merely living up to his reputation for the element of surprise as perfectly stated by USA Today, which said, “This Mississippi native’s blues-rocker creeps up like gathering thunderheads.”
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