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Show #137: Jason Wells ForeverBy: Darrin Snider (darrin at indyintune dot com)
Friday, January 11, 2013 5:00:00 PM
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I've seen a lot of bands form, build up, chug on, burn out, fade out, and blow up (in the bad way) over the years. My favorites, of course, are the first two. Which is where this week's guest, Jason Wells falls. When I first had him on, it was promoting a few demos that he turned into his first album. While the music, I thought, was solid, the recordings were still lacking the depth and interplay that except in very rare instances, you only get with a full band. This is a guy you must go see play live to fully appreciate the depth of his talent and ability. To some extent, I think this comes across in the quick set he played live for the radio audience here in Studio B -- and now available for streaming on our Mini Concert's Page -- even though this was only as a duo with guitarist J.T. Kidwell.
As with most three-time guests, the interview process pretty much falls apart and becomes more a stream-of-conscious catching up between friends over a couple of beers. Still, we get to hear about the first fruits of his marketing efforts, as well as what didn't work out so well, and the popular "Random Odd-Ball Questions" segment, we get a bit of an insight into his influences and how his mind works. Besides, it's always good to hang out with Jason, I don't get to do it nearly enough.
Links referenced in the show:
- Jason Wells can be found here Web Page | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | SoundCloud
- He previously appeared on Show #102 and Show #089.
- His latest album, Inside, can be found here: Amazon | iTunes | CDBaby
- His new single, Another Mountain to Climb is available for purchase on his web site.
- Though the show came out a bit late, the radio appearance was meant to promote his January 4 show with The Steepwater Band at Beale Street.
- Hot Head Helen was written about Mount Saint Helens. Who knew?
- Magic Man was inspired by magician Daniel Lusk, though it's really about Satan. There is no casual relationship between the two.
- Jason and J.T. both hail from the Frankfort music scene. There really are a few I know from up there.
- Guitarist J.T. Kidwell is a former member of The Roosters Band.
- Jason recently appeared on Indiana Talks and has been a regular on Local Thunder / Red Rooster Radio
- He has also appeared on 103.7 Bob FM, WLFI television in Lafayette, and X103.
- For clarification, Rufus Thomas gave us the hit song Funky Chicken.
- The referenced performance of Prince playing While My Guitar Gently Weeps really is pretty friggin' awesome.
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|Darrin Snider is the OCD music nerd responsible for creating Indy In-Tune. By day he's a cloud engineer and business analyst, but he still hopes to someday be an overnight freeform disc jockey married to the local weathergirl who happens to be a former eastern-European supermodel.|
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