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September 23, 2012

Texas native discovers heart, soul in country music

STILLWATER, Okla. — A Texas native is set to take the stage at the Tumbleweed in Stillwater  Friday.

Jason Cassidy, who grew up in New Caney, Texas, listened to rock and roll. He was drawn to the guitar while listening to rockers like Poison’s C.C. Deville, in his early teens. He got his first electric guitar at 13.

“Basically made a lot of noise at that point,” Cassidy said. “ (I) made my parents angry and learned a few little tunes. ...”

As his interest in rock waned, a new genre took his attention.

“I started listening to country music around the same time,” he said.

He said he felt like rock and roll was fun and made you move, but country had heart and soul. He began to listen to artists such as Steve Wariner, Vince Gill and George Strait.

He continued to learn chords and how to pick, essentially teaching himself to play.

“I picked it up pretty quick once I had the basic chords and I started playing around for friends and parties and everything else,” he said.

Cassidy grew up singing in church. Once he added the guitar, it came naturally.

Cassidy’s first professional performance came at age 22 after a typical night out on the town. At a bar, the drummer of a band, who also ran karaoke, heard Cassidy sing a few tunes. The band called Cassidy a couple days later and asked him to be its lead singer.

“They sent me about 80 songs and I was on the stage two weeks later,” he said.

 

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