After wandering the world, Jason Kirk’s grandfather settled in Sundance, Wyoming to raise his family in the Black Hills. The hills were a wonderful, spiritual place to live and grow. Jason’s dad left when he was only three and his mom was left on her own to raise the alien boy and his sister. Although the single parent household had its challenges, Jason’s creative side was nurtured from an early age. Mom was a folk singer throughout the seventies, and their home was filled with classic rock and folk music. Since she was also in local theater productions and part of a singing and dancing troupe (a saloon type act), Jason was on stage from age 8, including a stint as a dancing cowboy at around age 10. Jason was also fond of hanging with his Aunt Jenny, ten years his senior, as she rocked in the eighties and rebelled with the worst of them. He always hung with the olders. Jason was a well rounded kid that loved fishing and basketball. He began playing the saxophone, trumpet and piano at around age twelve, then switched schools in 7th grade to join a more prestigious local music program. He started an a capella group called JJW, (a la Boyz2Men) when he was fourteen and began winning talent competitions, traveling all around the Midwest. He also was busy writing songs, almost from the beginning of his love affair with music.
About that time Nirvana came onto the scene and took over music (from Jason’s point of view). So at age sixteen, he added guitar playing to his creative repertoire, and formed a punk band called Allergic. When the band achieved notoriety in the tristate area, the talk began about coming to Los Angeles to seek fame and fortune. Jason was hesitant though; for good reason. He was awarded an academic and music scholarship to the University of Wyoming and was to be the first in his family to seek a college education. The opportunity was cut short though when Jason got in some trouble on campus. After a chain of irrational decisions, Jason, his sister, and his Allergic bandmates found themselves headed for Hollywood. The culture shock of tinsel town took its toll, and Jason’s bandmates soon headed back to the Midwest after a dose of L.A. dream crushing. Jason stayed on, got management and recorded a solo album at age nineteen. His dark side, however, began working overtime as he was swept up in the underbelly of the L.A. music scene.
About this time, he met local musician/producer Cliff Brodsky, and the two became friends and collaborators. Cliff convinced him to clean up, and with a fresh beginning, Jason produced a new album on his own. The Jason Kirk Band project was well received...garnering airplay in the Midwest, and Jason was suddenly being courted by major labels. But the experience once again drew out some personal demons and he alienated those around him with enough destructive behavior to sour the opportunity. Now aged 21, he took a break from the music industry, but stayed in Los Angeles, working various colorful gigs, including Cadillac salesman, skyscraper window washer, pornography warehouse manager...even security director at NBC. After about three years of hiatus filled with a healthy dose of soul searching and growing up, Jason hooked up again with his friend Cliff Brodsky. The two began writing and producing music together again, in a new spirit of creativity and positivity. Jason made a new commitment to pursue his musical destiny. The effort was backed by his newly assembled musical posse, affectionately named after a place that had been inspiring to Jason and his grandfather...a
modest but magical creek that flowed through Beulah, Wyoming called Redwater.