According to the official Magnolia Electric Co. website, "Over the last two years Jason has been in and out of rehab facilities and hospitals in England, Chicago, Indianapolis, and New Orleans. It has been a very trying time for Jason, his friends, and his family. Although no one can be sure what the future holds, we feel very encouraged by the recent steps Jason has taken on the road towards becoming healthy and productive once again. Unfortunately, because he has no medical insurance, he has accrued substantial medical bills. We are asking all friends of Jason’s music to come together with a showing of financial support for him. Please consider a contribution to his medical fund. Feel free to forward this to any and all appropriate parties. We are hoping to raise whatever funds we possibly can for Jason. For anyone that donates online, forward me the paypal receipt (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll send you a bandcamp code for an uncirculated meco show from 2007 I tucked away. This was a 16-channel professional recording that sounds amazing. You can stream the eighty minute set at magnoliaelectricco.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-cats-cradle-september-25th-2007 if you're curious."
Post by woolymammoth on Mar 19, 2013 8:27:23 GMT -5
Heartbroken doesn't even begin to describe it...Jason was a hometown hero of mine and a source of endless inspiration. His albums are full of some of the greatest songs of all time. He will be missed. Greatly. "Didn't it Rain" and "The Lioness" playing on repeat, all day.
definitely cried my eyes out yesterday. Still remember the first time I saw him; my best friend in high school and I leaving our tiny desert town for a city 200 miles away, sleeping on the beach the night before. We waited in front of the venue hours ahead of the show. When Jason showed up, in a western shirt with a bolo tie, he seemed so appreciative, like he already knew our story just by looking in our faces. You could tell he was probably exhausted from touring and being on the road all night, but he took the time to set down his guitar, listen to our teenage effusing ("You have no idea what your music means to us!" "We're just so glad to finally see you we've been waiting years for this!" etc.). He shook our hands and looked into our eyes and said with the most heartfelt, humble sincerity, "Thank you so much; thank you kindly." I was lucky to see him a couple more times after that and I can't think of anyone, Phil included, who has been so consistently meaningful and full of intention in everything he's done.
I can't tell you how many times "Blue Chicago Moon" has kept me from cashing it all in. He was someone who made the dark seem survivable. The world lost a good one with him. RIP Jason.