By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Following in his older brother’s footsteps and a tiny financial push is what introduced artist Jason Savory to his career.
Savory’s brother was three years older and had experience in live performance at age 15.
“He’d go around to fairs and parades and certain functions and was singing,” Savory said. “He was at a parade one year and my family wanted me to get up on stage and do a song and I was like, ‘No. You’ve got to come up with some money.’”
Savory’s family pooled their money together and for $20, Savory took the stage, singing “Seminole Wind” by John Anderson.
“(I was) 12 years old and needed money,” he said while laughing.
While performing wasn’t in his blood at the time, he said he loved country music.
“My dad was a big country music fan,” he said. “I grew up on stuff like George Jones and Waylon Jennings.”
Savory attended Oklahoma State University and also worked for KICKER, but kept performing on the side. He would attend open mic night at a bar on The Washingston Street Strip.
“The manager pulled me aside one night after I got off stage and said, ‘Hey, why don’t you start doing your own night?’” Savory said.
A man he knew from his hometown of Ripley wanted to back his career, he said.
“I was able to quit the full-time job and school and just focus on music,” Savory said.
Savory released his first album in 2005, writing or co-writing nine of the 11 songs.
The performance side of his career is what Savory enjoys the most, he said.
“I love the high energy stuff,” he said. “Even though it’s country, being able to rock it up, distorted guitars and just seeing the crowd, feeding off of that.”
For his latest album, “Nowhere Road,” listeners will get a similar experience.
“They’re going to get the base structure of the songs,” Savory said. “I was able to use my band to play on the album, so it’s our same vibe that we play live, but they brought in fiddle and steel and B3 organ and even mandolin and banjo; stuff that we don’t normally travel with, so it just gave it a bigger sound.”
Savory continued his songwriting expertise, writing or co-writing all of the album’s 13 songs.
“Basically, they’re just stories; stories of my life, something that I’ve experienced first hand or seen,” he said.
He said the new material has seen a great response since they began recording last May. With his fifth album under his belt, Savory said he looks forward to achieving even more of his goals.
“It gets a little better everyday,” Savory said. “This is the first album under a label. They’re going to put out a single nationwide and so there’s already two goals of mine knocked out right there. Playing the Grand Ole Opry; that’s a giant goal of mine and through the contacts of my label, there’s a real strong possibility of that happening.”
“Nowhere Road” will be released Saturday.