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Jason James

Jason James

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #194 (December 6 at 8:00 p.m. and December 7 at 3:00 p.m.)

Although he grew up surrounded by country music, singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason James came to the genre later on in his musical career.

A native of Texas City, Texas, James began playing guitar in his teens, playing in punk and alt-rock bands well into his twenties before discovering a passion for classic country and honky tonk. Changing course, he began writing country songs inspired by greats like Hank Williams and George Jones, eventually putting a band together and hitting the Texas open-mike scene.

He was eventually picked up by alt-country/Americana label New West, who set him up with producer John Evans and a crew of Texas studio vets. The initial sessions were such a success that New West sent him up to Nashville to record with Keith Gattis (Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam), who helped him complete his self-titled debut.

His latest album is entitled “Seems Like Tears Ago” on Melodyville Rceords.

(provided by Allmusic)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."