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      May 30, 2019

      Thursday   6:30 PM

      217 East Houston Street
      New York, New York 10002

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      Jameson Rodgers

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      "You kind of know if it's your song or not, after you write it," says singer-songwriter Jameson Rodgers, explaining the strange, mystical process by which new tunes are brought into the world and find their intended performer.It's thesamekind of self-assurancethe soft-spokenRodgers displays on his second independently released EP, available January 19th. Produced by Mickey Jack Cones (Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols) and Chris Farren, the five-song collection showcases him as both a talented writer and interpreter, merging the electrified rock he heard on the baseball diamondwith thethoughtful lyricism of country.Well before he was singing for his supper, the Batesville, Mississippi nativewas an accomplished baseball player who was a scholarship athlete at Northwest Mississippi Community College.Raised in themidst of country's '90s commercial heyday his first concert was Garth Brooks at the Pyramid in Memphis Rodgers always had an inkling that he might end up living in Music City, hejust didn't know how or when."I can remember in high school I would tell people this was before I played guitar or anything I would just be like, 'Yeah, I'm gonna move to Nashville one day,'"he recalls. And so he did, departing Mississippi with one of his college buddies to see if he could make it in Music City. Through the countless open mic nights and lean years that inevitably followed, Rodgers wasable to develop the songwriting voice that would eventually earn his first publishing deal with Combustion Music."I went into songwriting boot camp," he says. "That's allI did. Ihardly playedany shows or anything. I just focused on writing."In the meantime, Rodgers scored his first cut on Florida Georgia Line's Dig Your Roots, with "Wish You Were on It."He also released his self-titled EP, featuring the streaming hit "Midnight Daydream."All thatintensefocus shows on his second self titled EP.Opening track "Ain't Really Over" depicts a man in the hangover stage ofa rough breakup and trying to move on. Framed by surging, distortedelectric guitars and Rodgers' bluesy howl, it sets the tone for his melody-rich, introspective style of songwriting.On "Cold Case," Rodgers draws a line between himself and country's long tradition ofclever wordplay. Bouncing off the title's suggestion of criminal investigations, he's popping tops and pining over a woman who'sup and vanished from his life. His solution? Downing as many beers as he can handle."'Cold Case' was just one of those things somebody started playing a guitar and one of us just spit it out," says Rodgers. "It kind of fell out of thin air."Rodgers' clear sense of his artistic identity also shinesthrough on the outside songs "Like You've Been There Before" and "Some Girls." It's easy to envision Rodgers singing about a younger version of himself in "Like You've Been There Before," a rebellious kid getting some sage advice from his father to playitcool whether he's knocking a fastball over the fences or cautiously taking his firsttrip around the bases with a young woman. He sings it with the easy confidence of a seasoned vet, or as he says in the chorus, "like it ain't no thing.""Some Girls," on the other hand, calls back to "Ain't Really Over" except this time he's ended thingsand she's not handling it welltalking behind his back and playing childish gameson social media. "Some girls make it easy on you," he sighs, "and some girls never do."The female woes reach their apex in the Rodgers co-write"Missing One," which flips the title phrase on its head. Initially it's a missing copy of the Eagles' Desperadothat she took when she left, then asinglesmoke from a pack of cigarettes that she forced him to give up. But it turns out he's actually missing something else most of all.Rodgers wrote the tune with pals Smith Ahnquist and Hunter Phelps, taking monthsto get it right."We started it in Januaryand we didn't finish it until May," he says."We knew it was gonna be a clever idea,butwe had to get it right. It was a hard one, but afun one."That dedication, coupled with Rodgers' finely-tuned ear for songs, makes him perfectlysuited to lean forward into Nashville's ever-shifting windswhile honoring his roots."I want to be known as the dude with good songs," he says. "If a song gives you chill bumps or if it makes you cry or if it makes you happy, it's done its job."That may sound like a relatively humble mission for a performer with such promise,but hey,sometimes you just know.

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