Aaron Lee Tasjan
Aaron Lee Tasjan grew up in New Albany, OH. His family’s roots are in Delaware. The family moved briefly to California where the pre-teen Tasjan first picked up a guitar, teaching himself to play by learning songs of The Beatles and Oasis. Born into fortunate circumstances, young Tasjan rejected his family’s conservative world views and moved to New York City after high-school. In New York City, he began playing professionally in his own bands and as a side man for several well-known rockers. In between gigs he did his share of couch surfing (once being taken in by avant-garde musician Lydia Lunch), squatting in flats, hiding from landlords, sleeping in vans and rehearsal rooms, collecting and selling cans to get money for food. All the while, Tasjan was working on his own songs and developing his unique sound influenced by Midwest power-pop and his real-life struggles and adventures while scrambling to survive and make music on his own terms.
In 2013, Tasjan relocated to East Nashville where he became part of the burgeoning singer-songwriter scene. In 2014, he released an EP titled “Crooked River Burning,” a collection of songs influenced by the great tradition of American story tellers such as John Prine, Tom Petty and Todd Snider. The next year he released “In The Blazes” which brought him to the attention of New West Records and led to recording sessions with producer Eli Thomson (Father John Misty bassist) in California late in 2015. Those recordings with Thomson became Tasjan’s second full-length album, “Silver Tears,” which was released by New West Records in October 2016 to rave reviews from press and fans. In 2017, Tasjan was nominated as Emerging Artist of the Year by the Americana Music Association.
In true rock’n’roll road-warrior style, Tasjan tours relentlessly, headlining his own shows as well as opening for artists such as Lucinda Williams, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Shovels & Rope, Sheryl Crow and Margo Price in the US, UK, Scandinavia and Europe. Tajsan’s 2017 US festival appearances include Bonnaroo, Newport Folk, High Water, Floydfest, Stagecoach and Forecastle among others. Overseas festival stops include Denmark’s famed Roskilde festival and Rolling Rootsy Revue in Norway and Sweden, plus Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, UK’s End of the Road Festival as well as Ireland’s Electric Picnic. In 2017, Tasjan set sail on his first Cayamo festival at sea where he collaborated on stage with musical heroes Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller and Richard Thompson. He is looking forward to bringing his band along for his second voyage on Cayamo in 2018.