“The spirit of ‘Big’ Joe Turner is alive and well enjoying life in the shape and form of one Kansas born and bred Jason Vivone; his vim, verve and simple lust for life takes musical shape in the delicious merging of hill country and rockabilly, with a vigorous fifties rock’n’roll feel that is infused with a backbone of the blues, laced with a jaunty fusing of gospel and soul. The combination of banjo, cigar box slide and a sweetly enticing shuffling percussive sound make for spine-tingling music. When Jason’s voice isn’t hollering an invitation to you it is sweetly and personally canoodling your senses with an almost whispering seductiveness that is reminiscent of the fragile intonations of Harry Nilsson. ” Brian Harmon – Blues in the Northwest
As a teenager, Jason Vivone received backstage guitar lessons from the likes of Son Seals, Maxwell St Jimmy Davis and Jessie Mae Hemphill. As a solo act he’s shared bills with Harrison Kennedy and Danny Cox. With his band the Billy Bats he’s opened for Tab Benoit, Kelly Hunt and Fishbone.
Band Members Vivone (gtr) Ben Hoppes (banjo) Matt Bustamante (drums) Jeremy Clark (bass) Paula Crawford (gtr) Rick MacIvor (keys) Joanna Berkebile (vocals)