“WOW! THIS IS GREAT. LOVE THE WRITING, TONES, ARRANGEMENTS, STYLES. JASON CLEARLY KNOWS WHAT HE’S DOING.”
— NEW YORK PRODUCER ROBERT L. SMITH (DAVID BOWIE, LADY GAGA, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS)
“SUPERB SONGS AND MUSICIANSHIP.”
— PRODUCER SEFI CARMEL (BRUNO MARS, PHIL COLLINS, MASSIVE ATTACK)
“FROM THE VERY FIRST SECOND OF THE SONG ‘BEAUTIFUL COMEBACK’ YOU ARE ENVELOPED IN A BREEZY, OCEAN LIKE ATMOSPHERIC BUBBLE THAT TRANSPORTS YOU THROUGH A THICK SLAB OF TEXTURED SOUL AND FEELING.”
— ISAIAH GALT, REVOLVER MAGAZINE
Jason G Eastwood is a musical journeyman.
His musical adventure began in the fifth grade when he first picked up a guitar, and in many ways is only just beginning...thirty years in the making, his first full-length solo album couldn’t come at a better time.
Eastwood’s first "music lesson" came from Canadian rock legend Burton Cummings. During the filming of a production at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Cummings taught a then eight-year-old Jason how to sing his hit song “Never Had a Lady Before” for Jason’s portrayal of a child-version of Cummings in a National television special. A deep-seated passion for performance, songwriting, and improvisation was ignited and eventually led Jason to start producing his own music on a Fostex X-15 four-track cassette recorder when he was in Junior High School. Eastwood’s disciplined study of the guitar then won him a gig as a guitar teacher at Kolt’s Music Studios in the north end of Winnipeg while still in High School.
Jason was the principle songwriter and guitarist in renowned Canadian jam-band DisasterMan from 2004 - 2012. The group extensively toured western Canada sharing the stage with acts such as Michael Franti and Spearhead, Cheap Trick, Ozomatli, The Beach Boys, Journey, Twisted Sister, and Boston while headlining many festivals. DisasterMan recorded two full-length albums - “Prepare to be Attacked” (2005) and “Astronomy Lesson #2” (2010).
Academia came calling in 2007 and Jason found himself studying composition with Jérôme Blais and Scott Godin, and classical guitar with Douglas Reach, at Dalhousie University. In 2011 he took over for the departing Don Ross on the guitar faculty at Dalhousie. In 2014 Jason relocated from Halifax, Nova Scotia to his hometown of Winnipeg to further pursue his music career in the centre of North America. In the summer of 2017, Jason wrote, produced, sang, and performed all of the instruments on his album “Linked In”.
Eastwood's broad, zen-like understanding is the result of his ability to balance a prolific and contrasting history of musical experience. This includes vast study of musical theory, composition, guitar performance, and multimedia, along with many years as an accomplished touring/recording artist.
Jason thrives on natural physicality and feel in his music, yet possesses an uncanny pop culture vocabulary that has become and indelible part of his work. He is constantly pushing new boundaries and challenging those around him to question the status quo while having a great time doing it.
Never satisfied with resting on his wealth of achievement, Jason G Eastwood is a modern musical innovator and an authentic talent that continues to push boundaries in his music with every new offering.
Written by “Electric” Jon Negrych
- Released first album of all original material for worldwide distribution in 1998 on Beast Records
- Worked with legendary recording engineer/producer Endre Lukacsy (AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith, Page & Plant, Bob Rock) at Night Deposit Studios
- Opened the illustrious Shambhala Music Festival with his band DisasterMan in 2007
- In 2011, took over for acclaimed Canadian guitarist Don Ross as Professor of Guitar History & Techniques at Dalhousie University
- Replaced guitarist Jimmy Green in legendary Canadian Punk band Personality Crisis for their reunion show in 2017
- Holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition), Masters' in Musicology, Dalhousie University
- Experienced all major music festivals in North America including Bonnaroo, Coachella, Saskquatch, Voodoo, Kootenanny and the Juno Music Awards as either Journalist or Performer
- Composed the soundtrack for many films including McLuhan Unclaimed, In My Bones, and The Fruit Machine.
- Lived on the prairie (Winnipeg, MB), in the mountains (Golden, BC), and next to the ocean (Halifax, NS)
- In 2000 Eastwood went from teaching guitar and performing regularly in Winnipeg to working at a Mohawk gas station in the middle of nowhere British Columbia (However, after a bit of adversity, the move turned out to be charmed, adventures were had, beautiful life-long friends were made!)
- Jason has a doppelganger with the exact same name and birthday committing crimes all over the world, he was once walked off a train at gunpoint crossing from Canada into New York State
- There were a few nights spent in drunk tanks including once on Halloween while dressed up as television character & police investigator "Columbo" (Jason only drinks water and lot and lots of coffee now!)
- Survived near fatal pneumonia and spent ten days in a medically induced coma only to wake up on the day before 9/11 ("I felt like I was reborn after I came out of that coma in 2001, so really I'm only 17 years old ;-")
- Struggles with substance abuse definitely took over Jason's life at times. He luckily survived many overly imbibed partying "blackouts" including days lost in big cities like Toronto and New York for days at a time. "The 'lost years' are not forgotten (but really they are! (laughs) I'm very focused on maintaining good health now, there's too much music to make, so take care of yourselves!")