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
From 1993′s Flying Fish debut
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)