Jason Wells has had a great reception with an all-round classic blues rock album, Nine Hours, which was released last month via Sound Edge Records.
He spoke with The Fountain about working with Sound Edge Records and his favourite gig in Nebraska.
TF: A new album release, you must be ecstatic?
Yes, I’m always ecstatic when it’s done! And this album sounds great! I was going for a polished up raw sound and I feel good about what I got. We recorded this all together in a small room. We had four mics on the drums, and the song East Moline we forgot to turn on a couple mics, so it’s only the overheads lol. It sounded good, so we left it.
I wanted to have some good musicians get together and see what we could do on the spot. I wanted to get instinct from the musicians not just playing right notes. I think we captured some great moments on this album.
TF: And what has it been like to work with Sound Edge Records?
Sound Edge Records is my friend and I. We started recording music for back ground music on some youtube videos and different things. Then started producing my albums. Shannon Richardson is the one that does all the mixing and mastering. Shannon has produced a few other bands and artists, and my son released an EP with Sound Edge Records, but it’s pretty small and just us for now.
TF: And where did you draw your musical inspiration from?
I grew up listening to my dad albums. I always loved the sound, smell, look..of records. I grew up listening to all the classic rock stuff, Hendrix, Cream, The Who, Deep Purple, James Gang. I just love that stuff and can’t get enough of it. I would play along with the albums, the radio, whatever and that is how I learned.
TF: Are you going to be promoting this with a tour, are we likely to see you play live soon?
Yes, I’m constantly performing, touring, traveling in a van. I sell a lot of my music at my shows. I’m in the USA but I would love to make my way over to the UK.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
My favorite gig so far is probably the Steele City Bike Show. Steele City Nebraska is a town with about fifty people, but on bike weekend the place is packed. We headlined the Saturday night and it was an absolute blast. This is a little wooden stage out on the patio, with the bar being the only place of business in the town. We played for about five and half hours and had people going the whole time. It was definitely my favourite and something that I’ll never be able to describe.