Jason James to Take a Break from Music

George Jones once famously asked, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?” Well you’d be hard pressed to find somebody who sounds more similar to The Possum than Jason James does, and he also happens to hail from the outskirts of Houston just like ol’ No Show did. He’s no impersonator though. The songs of Jason James are originals written by his own hand, and his self-titled album for 2015, and his 2019 album Seems Like Tears Ago are important entries into the modern neotraditional catalog.

From Texas City, Jason James was originally signed to New West Records, who notoriously told him he wrote “too much like Hank Williams Sr.” and sounded “too much like George Jones.” Of course, that’s exactly what Jason James was going for, and that relationship didn’t last. Since then he’s been doing it his own way. But doing it your own way in country music is not always easy. That may be one of the reasons why Jason James says he is taking a break from music for the foreseeable future, and shelving an album he was planning to release later this year.

“Unfortunately due to some matters out of my control, our Tulsa Show at Mercury Lounge and Dukes in Indianapolis have been removed for now. It is also with a heavy heart that I have decided to step away from music for personal reasons,” he said on April 20th. “I will however complete my show obligations that I still have in Texas through July but there will be no new bookings for the foreseeable future.”

James is scheduled to play places like The Far Out Lounge in Austin on May 15th, Gruene Hall on May 20th, The White Horse in Austin on July 1st, among other dates. To see his full schedule, Click Here.

“The new album that was scheduled for release this summer will likely be put on hold as well while I attend more personal matters,” James says. “But, I will keep everyone updated on new details … I wanna thank y’all for listening, and for all the new faces I’ve met at our shows along the way. Hopefully in the distant future I can get back to Country music, which I love more than almost anything…but right now I’m taking some time for reflection and to try and sort some things out.”

It’s a very small and select group of today’s country performers who can’t just play country music, but can sing it in a way that reminds you of all the greats of country music’s past. Jason James is one of those select few. Here’s hoping for the positive resolution of his personal issues, and hopefully an eventual return to music that includes the level of attention and support he deserves.

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