Where’s Jason Eklund?


This is not exactly a regular mp3 blog post. It’s more a virtual call for help. See, I believe Jason Eklund is one of the best singer-songwriters of his generation and at least according to any info I can find online, he’s vanished off the face of the earth. There were rumors of him driving a cab up in Madison around the release of his last record but currently anybodies best guess is that he’s down in Austin. Is he drinking himself to death like Townes or working a two bit ranch-hand job? Or is he just fulfillling his greatest wish in life – to be a roving, homeless hobo in the tradition of Woody et al.

I’m no expert on his music, despite having briefly worked at Flying Fish Records the label that gave him his “big” break by releasing his self-titled 2nd record and its follow-up Lost Causeway. But whether it’s stripped down country blues, or socio-political commie rants, or thoughtful introverted pieces, Jason Eklund had a way with words and for delivering them forcefully to the listener. I wish he’d come back and prove Townes Van Zandt right when Townes said “He’s The real thing, he’ll never retire.” You can buy two of these three records right here on Amazon. So, anyway, seriously if you know Jason or are a friend of a friend check up on him and let him know we’re thinking about him.

From 1995′s Lost Causeway

Motivation BluesWhat’s Left of 66Dreamin About The Keys [Download]

From 1993′s Flying Fish debut

Walk One More MileI Am The Road [Download]

From the impossible to find 1992 release Come and Gone (which features Gurf Morlix on guitar and guests Slaid Cleaves and Darcie Deaville (thanks Rachel)

Rhonda RoseFarmer Ain’t The ManI’ll Never Drink Again [Download]
(w/Slaid and Darcy)

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5 Responses to “Where’s Jason Eklund?”

  1. Faster Horses says:

    Here’s the playlist from club Springfield (11 nov 2006) See link:

    http://fasterhorsesyoungerwomenolderwiskey.blogspot.com/2006/11/playlist-at-club-springfield-november.html

    Keep up the good work Craig!!!!!

  2. alessandro says:

    Jason is now living in Nashville, check out his MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/jasoneklundcom

  3. Happy In Bag says:

    Wow, when did you work at Flying Fish? Bruce Kaplan was one of my favorite music people.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have a 1998 CD called “Captain Stringheart’s Dead Heart Days” by “The Artist Formerly Known as Jason Eklund”.

  5. Bill Nevins says:

    Hi,
    I was talking with legendary poet songwriter Kell Robertson in the hills outside Santa Fe yesterday and he says that Jason is doing well in Nashville and preparing a major new cd for 2007. The cd very likely will include covers of some of Kell’s own songs, and other surprizes. I am working on stories about both Kell and Jason, and even wrote a poem about when I met both of them some years back.
    All the best,
    Bill Nevins (See my site committingpoetry dot com )