"At 15, I started writing my first "real" (verse-chorus...structure) songs. I wrote 'cause I had something to say. Like any other craft, songwriting gets better with time. Build enough tables, eventually you get good at it. I like the sounds and the images created by the sounds. Any songwriter will tell you, making something out of thin air, and seeing it reach fruition, is an extreme high."
Jason Davis has been playing professionally since 1992. In '98-'99, he recorded two albums with legendary producer Rodney Mills (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_Mills) and engineer, John Nielsen-R.IP. (Drivin' N' Cryin', John Norum) with his band, Jonas Ridge. In 2001, Jason moved from North Carolina to Nashville, Tennessee. While there he worked with producer Buzz Stone and recorded several songs with David Northrup (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Travis Tritt), Bob Minner (Tim McGraw), Shane Theriot (Hall & Oates,The Meters, Willie Nelson), and Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule).
In 2002 Jason toured nationally with Johnny Cash's (ex) son-in-law, Daylon Wear. That rhythm section branched off into what eventually came to be the JDB. Live musicians and Nashville Cats appearing with or that have recorded with the band include: David Manning, Ben Guidry (the core), Mike Barnes, Seth Davis, James Cook, Charles Shoemake, Shawn Burnette, Carlos Pennell, Neil Carswell, Christine Thompson, Dennis Gulley, Scott Simpson, Mark Stoner, Brad Durden, and Chris Adair, along with the aforementioned musicians/artists as well as some of those listed below.
2005- Jason's debut CD, "Fire Flower" is true Americana - Modern Country stories played with Alternative Country and Southern Rock 'n Roll grooves.
2008- Second solo release, "Art For Sale" is a bare, real piece of soul. Jason strips down to the essentials- his powerful voice backed by acoustic guitar, tender piano and colorful electrics, creating a cool, earthy vibe.
2010- Recorded "Two of a Kind" E.P. with Nashville musicians James Cook (Luke Bryan), Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton), Johnny Neel and Dan Cohen. Free downloads from this session available at soundcloud.com/jason-davis-band
Winter 2012- the freds (Charles Shoemake, Colton Suttles, Ben Gibbs) recorded their first EP, "This is it?" in Nashville and distribute singles exclusively at live shows.
Spring 2012- Helter Shelter Records is created along with thefreds1.com. Digital singles are released bi-weekly through the website.
Winter 2014- "Same Old Haunts" CD is released on HS label with the freds (Charles Shoemake and Chris Church).
Spring 2015- Charles Shoemake's solo project "Bread for the Stars" (recorded and engineered by Jason) is nearly complete and will be available through HS records at www.thefreds1.com
Jason is currently residing in the mountains of North Carolina with his beautiful wife, two young boys, sweet daughter, a fish, a dog, and an adopted cat.
In 2014 he earned his Master's Degree in Higher Education/Sociology and is currently teaching Sociology at several local community colleges, including the Foothills Correctional Center. "Just living the dream man."