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Temper Through Tears / Press

“Blount County native Jason Williams is living proof of the lyncanthropic effects of rock ‘n’ roll — once bitten, there’s really never any going back. He knows. Now living in Knoxville with his wife and three children, the 1991 Maryville High School graduate thought his days fronting a local rock band were behind him. After all, he’d done it for years, playing in groups like See Through Human and Lotus, which later became Contrast Gray. But family and a 9-to-5 job with Team Health weren’t enough to make him forget about his first love. “If you love music and you’re a musician by heart, you cant ever really give it up,” said Williams, the son of Blount County resident and Faded Blues guitarist Steve Williams. “I have a friend who owns The Orangery (a Knoxville restaurant), and he asked me to come out and play some acoustic shows, after I had given it up for a while. It was just me playing for a small group of people, and it took just one of those for me to say...”

"Thanks to Temper Through Tears for rockin' Spicy's on Friday night! Everyone loved them... Can't wait to get them back!"

"Temper Through Tears formed in the winter of 2009 with former members of veteran Knoxville bands such as See Through Human, Contrast Gray, Perfect Mercy and Automanic. Since the band's inception, they have honed an original sound and stage presence while building a solid local fan base. The band has prepped their set list to handle a full night of crowd pleasing cover tunes or to lay down a solid opening set of original material."

"vocalist/guitarist Jason Williams and guitarist Justin Parker took a break from the music world after spending more than a decade each in a range of original acts. As with many aspiring local acts, each found the pursuit of playing original music to be more of an expensive hobby than a lucrative profession, but after enough time sidelined, Williams and Parker simultaneously got the itch again, and met each other through Craigslist. Having shared the stage once before on a bill that included their respective bands, the two convened for a number of homestyle jam sessions, ultimately reawakening their zeal for live performance. With mutual acknowledgment that the only genuine reason for playing music is the enjoyment it brings, Temper Through Tears was expanded to a four-man roster, and despite its intentions the band actually started landing shows and making money. The group attributes the sharp rise in earnings to the fact it features a high ratio of cover tunes and custom remakes."