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Paradise – Song Notes

I’ve been playing lead guitar in John Prine‘s band since 1996. That’s 20 years as of this writing. (Yes, I was 3 years old when John hired me. OK, I was 26, but who’s counting.) A year or two ago, I decided to make a record of songs written by other songwriters. The working title of […]

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I Am The Cosmos – Song Notes

I’ve always liked the quirkiness of the whole Memphis/Big Star/Alex Chilton/Chris Bell world of songs. I came to the party late, long after they all stopped making music together. But I discovered them in my early twenties, which was perfect timing. When we were making the ECHOES record the producer, Paul Mahern, suggested maybe doing a […]

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Coals and Water – Song Notes

I first heard Angel Snow singing her song Coals and Water on the radio while I was driving around in the country just outside Nashville, TN. I think this was around 2012 or 2013. I immediately had to pull over and find out who and what this was! Soon afterwards I bought Angel’s record and […]

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Where Do Your Songs Come From?

One of the things people frequently ask me about writing songs is: “Where do your song ideas come from?” I find this to be a fascinating question that often leads to mutually enlightening discussions about creativity and the human experience. In fact, the love of this very question and the ensuing discussions is what led […]

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The Story Behind Jason Wilber’s New Album ECHOES

“I wish Ray Charles was still alive so I could play him Jason’s version of Paradise!” – John Prine “…a master musician who found a voice to match” – Peter Cooper “He brought the crowd to pin-drop silence with his rendition of Leon Russell’s A Song for You.” – No Depression Click here for a Special […]

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Madeline

Over dusty parlor velvet stares a memory Rockers creak and the knitting needles weave At the quiet house where Christmas never comes Like a lull-a-bye whose rhymes have all been sung Madeline’s Dad was a Shelbyville coal miner He worked all day to provide for his wife and child He used to pass out the […]

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Ghost of Summers Past

  The mourning dove woke me from a dream Of a younger summer She sang her song as my dreamland faded away And for the rest of the day I couldn’t shake this feeling Like I was watching myself walk away Chorus: Walking on the railroad tracks Walk across the trestle Walking on the railroad […]

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Down In Russell Square

Sitting Down in Russell Square Where the sun has come to brighten this June day And the flowers sway Purple, Red, and Yellow In gardens kept with care Down in Russell Square And those who were just passing through Find themselves upon the benches too As toddlers smile and stagger laughing In the soft and […]

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Your Destiny

by Jason Wilber You were walking it was one of those days when there was no one around Waves breaking and the seagulls seemed to be the only sounds Just how free can you be If this path was meant to lead To your destiny You were talking then to someone you met somewhere along […]

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CD & Guitar Lesson – Gift Bundles!

Music makes a great gift! If you’re looking for a unique gift for yourself or someone special on your list this year, here are some possibilities for you. Merry Christmas! -Jason SECRET WINDOW EP – $7 This is a special 5 song CD that I’ve only sold at shows until now. It’s not listed on […]

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R.I.P Ron Hynes

Ron Hynes, the wonderful Newfoundland singer-songwriter who I wrote about in my song “Watching Picasso”, passed away yesterday. He had been battling cancer for several years. If you haven’t heard Ron’s music, I recommend his songs “The Boy from Old Perlican” and “No Change In Me” as an introduction. Ron Hynes wrote many great songs, […]

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Northern Lights Seen Over Lewisburg Tennessee

by Jason Wilber Summer vacation, North Ontario An old man telling stories To his young grandson CHORUS The Northern Lights might find a child And carry him away To the shining spiral arms of the milky way Aurora Borealis, Aurora Illinois That’s where my Dad lives Lied the lonely boy Go and tell your Dad […]

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The Man from T.U.B.A

From the #TBT archives: A WilberNews Special Report by Jason Wilber… I want to share with you a funny thing that happened to me when I was on tour with John Prine in Canada. Those of you who have known me a very long time might vaguely remember my high school garage band. We called […]

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In Search of a Song: Rickie Lee Jones (Part 1)

In this episode of In Search of a Song, guest host (and music journalist extraordinaire) Paul Zollo interviews the amazing Rickie Lee Jones. It’s such an honor to have both of these wonderful artists on the show. Rickie talks about making her new album “the other side of Desire”, her philosophy on art and life, […]

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Over The Road

The highway hums and the diesel engines run loud as thunder The earth turns on its axis and the road just rolls past and under The sun has run again and stole the light from the day But even now I can feel the night slip away I woke from a fitful sleep where wheels […]

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