Interview with Jason Erie on Debut Album, The Art of Letting Go, and the Nashville Music Scene

"Mitchell Deli (best Reuben in Nashville!!! Just a fact!!!) I also have to give love to my favorite Mexican joint Elotes Nayarit & Taqueria in Madison."

Congrats on your debut album, The Art of Letting Go! Was it born in Nashville or on the road?

Thank you so much, it’s exciting to finally have it out!! I would say it was birthed in Nashville but conceived in New York. Nashville definitely added its DNA to the mix but the stories behind the songs are definably North Eastern.

What made you want to work with producers, Chris Brush & John Dennis?  

John and I met in a songwriters round when I first came to town. We kind of quickly became fans of each other’s music , which led to us becoming friends. When I showed him the demos I think he jokingly said, “If I was the producer on this I would…” and I said he should produce it. We worked through the preproduction of the songs and it just made sense.

John suggested that I check out PlethoraTone Studios here in Nashville, that is where I met Chris Brush. He was the engineer on this record as well as a co-producer. Since this was John’s first record as a producer, it was great to have a seasoned vet on board as well. Chris has an amazing ear and a lot of great credits to his name. They both did an incredible job helping me realize my vision for this record, and I am a lucky man to call them friends.

The Art of Letting Go, is something very personal to you. Can you talk it about it some?

I wanted this record to really capture a moment in my own life. I was thinking a lot about how I grew up and where I came from, that’s how the idea started. I wanted to be able to let go of some baggage that I have been carrying, hence the name “The Art of Letting Go.”  Most of the songs on the record are about addiction and recovery. I had a hard childhood; whether I wanted to talk about it or not, it all poured out. It is a retrospective look at my past and the stories that have survived all this time.

What song past or now do you want to be known for in ten years?

I would love to be known for the title track, “The Art of Letting Go.” I think it’s my favorite lyrically that I have written so far. It seems to resonate with people because we are in such tumultuous times. I hope people can find solace in the fact that most people feel the same way they do, or at least I do.

Are there any songs that didn’t make the album that you now wish you included?

There are a bunch of songs that didn’t make the album, they just didn’t fit within the concept of this record. I honestly wouldn’t have added or subtracted anything on The Art of Letting Go.  I will say, all of those other songs are recorded and will be on a follow-up release, slated for sometime later this year. I am also going back into the studio in March to start recording a full-length, but that won’t be out for a couple of year

You have song “Gold Rush,” was it inspired by the recently closed iconic Gold Rush here in Nashville?

Unfortunately, no… but my song, “Gold Rush,” is about missing home and feeling like you can’t go back. That is sadly accurate to the feeling of Gold Rush closing. It’s just another example of what is happening to Nashville. The music community dies a little more every time a place like this closes. It’s another heavy blow to the gut. I’m not sure how many more punches the art community can take.

You have a few shows coming up in town. Any favorite places to play in Nashville or somewhere you hope to play one day?

I am hitting the road a lot this year, but I always love playing in my chosen hometown. I love playing City Winery, Dee’s, and The Bowery Vault. Those are some of my favorites. I would love to play the Ryman, hopefully one day.

What excites you most about the Nashville music scene right now?

There are a ton of people and bands to be excited about right now and I’m lucky to call them my friends. John Dennis (the producer of my record) is putting out his third record sometime in the spring, Josh Gray is releasing his record in April, Sisterman is about to release a record sometime this year, Just Whiskey has an EP coming out, The Blam Blams have their debut record out and are an incredible live band, Anana Kaye is putting out a record soon. Gracie in the Valley just put out their second release, Sun Brother just put out their debut, Dayna Bee (she played fiddle on my record) is putting out her debut this year, Holly Bruce, Brian Milligram. A lot going on, but all worth a listen.

Can you remember your first trip to Nashville?

I can, I first came here with my old band playing on tour, I think we played at Springwater lol. It made an impression.

Any favorite Nashville restaurants?

Mitchell Deli (best Reuben in Nashville!!! Just a fact!!!),  I also have to give love to my favorite Mexican joint Elotes Nayarit & Taqueria in Madison.

Is there anything coming up for you that you’d like to share?

I have a tour coming up in April with my friend Josh Gray, and I will be announcing a lot of shows shortly. Stay up to date on my socials @jasoneriemusic.





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