BREAKOUT SOUTHERN ROCK REFORMERS JASON MORTON AND THE CHESAPEAKE SONS RELEASE SELF-TITLED DEBUT ON NOV. 3
NASHVILLE – Southern rock reformers Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons owe their geographical heritage to the Atlantic Seaboard, but their sonic roots are firmly grounded with The Black Crowes, the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Marshall Tucker Band.
With the Nov. 3 release of Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons, a 10-track collection on indie Copperline Music Group, the four-piece ensemble blends effusive melodies, fierce musicianship, convicted vocals, and smart lyrics in a diverse song stew that dips – in southern rock fashion – into rock, blues, country, gospel, and even psychedelia (listen to it here).
“There’s something about growing up around the water,” songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Jason Morton says of his Kent Island, Maryland roots. “It’s a very blue-collar vibe with hard-working bands and people that appreciate good music.”
The fans aren’t the only ones to appreciate Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons. The band has shared stages with ZZ Top, Kid Rock, Skynyrd, Eric Church, and Shooter Jennings. They were once handpicked by Slash to open for him, and Paul McCartney’s manager personally asked the group to represent the U.S. at an internationally-themed music festival in Lithuania.
They’re exciting enough that Rusty Harmon, who managed the multi-platinum Hootie + The Blowfish during their heyday, took the Sons on as clients before he’d even met them. And Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons is produced by Will Edwards, an under-the-radar creative force whose credits are as far-flung as Latin superstar Shakira, country singer Craig Wayne Boyd, the movie Shrek, and the HBO show “The Sopranos.”
Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons shows why such significant figures have gravitated to the group. Morton co-wrote each cut covering a vast terrain of musical turf, the album roars into “Ride All Night,” slips into the swampy “The Things I’ve Done,” and reaches its full-tilt Southern-rock fury with “Southern Sound,” a seven-minute odyssey that includes intricate guitar passages, a gospel-tinged vocal trio, and even a drum solo. The extensive mix includes the breezy “Matacumbe,” with an island feel and a brazenly retro horn section, the wiry, blues-based boogie “Round the Corner,” the fiercely trippy “No Time,” and the first single “Before It Gets Better,” which throws down Dickey Betts-like tones.
Edwards – the godson of late super-producer Tom Dowd, whose history included Skynyrd and the Allmans – captured the rawness of the band at his 18-acre Copperline Ranch in Nashville, using the same piano that was pivotal in Derek & The Dominos’ signpost “Layla.”
The songs on Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons work in any part of the rock era, though Morton is focused on the here and now, relentlessly kicking it on stage, connecting with a growing fan base, and taking a blue-collar approach to a line of work he considers more of a lifestyle than a job.
“I guarantee Lynyrd Skynyrd or the Allman Brothers, they didn’t think about making music that would be so timeless that people would be listening to it 50 years later,” Morton says. “In the moment, it’s about creating good songs and playing rock and roll.”
Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons Track List:
- “Ride All Night” (Will Edwards, Jason Morton, Ricky Dover Jr.)
- “The Things I’ve Done” (Morton, Brett Wilmer, Benji Harris)
- “Southern Sound” (Morton, Wilmer, Edwards, Jodi Marr)
- “Matacumbe” (Edwards, Morton, Wilmer, Marr)
- “I Knew” (Edwards, Morton)
- “Before It Gets Better” (Edwards, Morton, Wilmer)
- “One More Night” (Edwards, Morton, Randy Cantor, Jim Camacho)
- “Mexico” (Morton, Wilmer, Edwards)
- “Round the Corner” (Morton, Wilmer, Edwards)
- “No Time” (Morton, Wilmer, Edwards)