Jason Wilber performs at LSS
We are thrilled to welcome back the one and only, Jason Wilber! Jason Wilber is Prine’s guy. At least some folks think of him that way. Wilber stands on elevated stages—from Carnegie Hall to the London Palladium, in every American state and across Canada and Europe and the like—and sings and plays guitar for John Prine, one of the English speaking world’s most celebrated and revered songwriters. It’s kind of like playing for Walt Whitman. It’s the sort of gig that can define a musician, and most would be well-pleased with the definition: “A legend’s right hand man” has a ring to it, and the music Wilber makes with Prine in concert and on recordings is thrilling and sustaining and important.
It’s all that, and has been for nearly twenty years. It’s everything but enough.
Because, sure, Wilber is Prine’s guy. But he’s more than that. He’s an affable Indiana born badass who can play burn-it-down rock solos or offer up plaintive acoustic loveliness. Over the years he’s also lent his guitar talents to his friends Todd Snider, Iris Dement, and Greg Brown, among others. And he’s a deft songsmith in his own right, whose works have drawn comparisons to folk and Americana titans, even John Prine himself. In his spare time, he’s a radio host and interviewer whose syndicated radio show, In Search of a Song, finds him in peer-to-peer conversations with Josh Ritter, Mary Gauthier, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Steve Earle and other heavies.
Echoes is Wilber’s ninth solo album and his first to focus on material written by other songsmiths. Songs from Leon Russell, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, John Prine, Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, Graffiti6, and others—are delivered here with gentle invention by Wilber and producer/engineer Paul Mahern, with aid from drummer Devon Ashley on “The Game” and “Annie You Save Me.” And the vocals… it’s not like Wilber is singing in some new accent inflection, like Dylan did in his Nashville Skyline era. His fans won’t be confused as to who is singing for them. The difference isn’t character, it is range and resonance. And it’s notable. Sing along, or try to, with Wilber’s take on Wonder’s “Overjoyed,” and you’ll readily understand. You’ll understand something of the journey and the payoff. You’ll understand Jason Wilber’s deep empathy for the song, and his inspiration for the singing. You’ll understand why Wilber is Prine’s guy, and more than that.
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Logan Street Sanctuary (LSS) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) not-for-profit cultural arts organization. At our concerts, 100% of the donations at the door (suggested $12/2 for $20) always goes directly to the performers. In other words, LSS makes no money at the concerts EXCEPT our LSS donation bowl on our refreshments table and any purchases you make (The Polk Street Review book, artwork, t-shirts, raffle tickets).We provide light refreshments for the audience and performers, and we accept cash donations in a glass bowl to support our facility (if you BYOB, please consider donating into our glass LSS donations bowl ~ like a "cork fee"). We often have an art raffle at our concerts. Raffle tickets are $5 each, and 100% of raffle ticket sales goes directly to support LSS. We offer t-shirts, 2017 The Polk Street Review books, and annual supporting memberships and donation options (via our secure Square Market store at https://squareup.com/store/LSS). Without your support, we couldn't host such great performers on the LSS stage! Thank you ~ and see you at the shows!
|Event Date||07-22-2017 7:00 pm|
|Event End Date||07-22-2017 8:00 pm|
|Location||Logan Street Sanctuary|