Singer/songwriter Jason McIntyre has a knack for melding blues, country, soul, and rock and roll together for a sound that is uniquely his own. Harkening back to the days of the Texas Troubadours, Jason’s music is an updated northeast adaptation of a deep southern style. Listening to him perform, one can hear the influence of music legends like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. In 2001, McIntyre left Pennsylvania for Los Angeles and landed in music production at the House of Blues, on the famous Sunset Strip. Immersed in the industry, Jason quickly realized his passion for music and began writing songs. Moving back to Pennsylvania in 2003, McIntyre settled in State College, where he teamed up with guitarist Jason “Junior” Tutwiler to write songs and master playing classic tunes by The Band, Tom Petty, Muddy Waters, and other influential artists. After honing their craft in the local bar scene, the pair pulled in a few more musicians to form the alt-country band, The Rustlanders. After releasing their self-titled debut album, the Rustlanders toured the country establishing a national presence and sharing the stage with national acts such as grammy-winning songwriter Ryan Bingham, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, John Fogerty and Keith Urban. In 2010, the Rustlanders disbanded, after which McIntyre spent considerable time traveling the United States seeking inspiration for new music and a fresh direction. In 2015, Jason moved to Colorado where he quickly got to work writing songs for his next collaboration with longtime musical partner, Junior Tutwiler, Bloomsday.
People tend to forget that musicians are artists. It’s easy to get caught up in the energy and glamour of onstage performances and offstage image, but before any of that public display can come about someone somewhere has to spend a lot of time alone with his thoughts, his desires and demons, and in the case of Jason McIntyre, his guitar. Like a novelist bravely facing that blank piece of paper, a songwriter has to face a silent room. Also like a novelist, the best piece of advice anyone can give that songwriter is to write what you know. Jason’s done just that throughout the years with his unique northeastern take on a deep southern style, a fusion of country and soul, blues and rock that acts as a road map for the ups and downs of his own life as he takes his listeners on a tour of their own emotional acreage.
The disappointment of a lost baseball career and the struggle of youthful reinvention, values questioned and social consciousness awakened by the trauma of 9/11, the rejuvenation and reflection that accompanied a return from LA to his small town Pennsylvania roots, lessons learned cutting a big studio album with a famed producer and ones learned recording with local talent in his own home, the pain of endings, break ups of bands and romances and the passing of his dog, Miles: all of these life events are present in the evolution of Jason’s music but we don’t realize it as we tap our foot to a raucous bluesy anthem or lose ourselves to a soulful ballad. That’s how art works.
His latest album is called Bloomsday. He had to leave the hometown fans and familiarity of rural Pennsylvania and move to Colorado to gain the fresh perspective that allowed him to write it. It’s been called a throwback to the stylings of the ‘60s and ‘70s and tackles such thought provoking topics as the shooting in Ferguson, the plight of veterans, and navigating a music industry that seems lost and disillusioned. The album was largely recorded in a studio in his hometown where he is joined by a group of talented musicians who together go by the band name, Lemont.
– Tawni O’Dell, New York Times bestselling author
and Pennsylvania gal