Out of the weeds
My name’s Jason T. Lewis and I’ve been lurking around the ND site for a while now. I used to be in a band called Star City. We put out a couple records in the late 90s/early 2000s (we were featured in ND issues 25 and 34) before I put the band on hiatus to do some other stuff musically. Who knew that that other stuff would lead me first to Chicago to work on and EP of stuff with the late, great Jay Bennett (I miss him dearly), then back to my native West Virginia not long after my daughter was born.
Then I sort of went into a musical funk. Life happened for a while and the next thing I knew I found myself in Iowa, attending the fancy Iowa Writer’s Workshop and getting an MFA in fiction. After the Workshop, I finished my first novel and along the way I started recording people in my basement studio. I’d been fooling around with some of my own songs on my own, but nothing ever really gelled until I had a band come in the studio who sounded like what I wanted to sound like, so I borrowed them and started recording.
The result is Sad Iron Music, the new album we just finished. It features those great guy plus my wife Theresa on keys and my old friend David Chernis (Star City, The Damnwells) playing guitar and lap steel on “My Waterloo.” I sing and play a bunch of other stuff.
So, I just wanted to come in here and say ‘Hi.” It’s been a long weird decade in the weeds for me, but I find myself doing more now with my art than ever before, and that’s worth something i hope you’ll all take the time to check out the album and let me know what you think. I’ve got it streaming here on the ND site and if you’re interested in purchasing, go to www.sadironmusic.com. Anything would be appreciated, even just a hello. There are a couple of different purchase options, including a limited edition cds that come bundled with the EP I made with Jay Bennett.
Thanks for keeping the music playing. great to be here.