A PLEA FOR DREAMLAND ~ 2009
Pirate ships, rail yards, skee ball machines, blackberry brandy, and the Coney Island boardwalk—these are just some of the sights, sounds, and smells found in the dimly-lit thoroughfares of A Plea for Dreamland, Jason’s third full-length album and first since relocating to Brooklyn, NY. Put simply, Jason is a stand-out—in a sea of guitar-strumming twenty-somethings singing about late nights and the one that got away, Jason's songs are more acutely poetic, darkly playful, and at times just plain quirky. As the album title suggests, these songs evoke a feeling of somewhere else—the ballroom of a seaside hotel, a bus station in Meridian, Mississippi, or a dingy car on the Coney Island Wonder Wheel. We find places and characters who are far from perfect but are making their way nonetheless. This is a common thread that runs through the album, with Coney Island taking center stage as a place where the bizarre and fantastical comes face to face with the grit and grime of city life. Recorded and co-produced with Josh Ritter's band mates, A Plea For Dreamland was released to sold-out crowds at Club Passim (Cambridge, MA) and the Living Room (NYC) in June 2009. In the Fall Jason was dubbed "a stellar act" by premier online Americana magazine NotYourAverageFolk.com, was selected as a featured Artist of the Week by The Alternate Root and chosen as a Northeast Finalist in the Mountain Stage New Song Contest. Over the past 5 years Jason has been steadily touring the Northeast and Midwest at venues like Club Passim (Cambridge, MA), Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton, MA), Tin Angel (Philadelphia, PA), IOTA Club & Cafe (Arlington, VA), NightCat (Easton, MD), Club Cafe (Pittsburgh, PA), North Star Cafe (Portland, ME) Urban Element (Indianapolis, IN) and Uncommon Ground (Chicago, IL).