Ja­son Eskridge re­turns home for LE­VITT AMP CON­CERT

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Born and raised in Rock­wood, Ten­nes­see, Ja­son Eskridge is prac­ti­cally a home­town son.

Friends and fam­ily are sure to be in the crowd tonight, Sept. 20, at Bessie Smith Cul­tural Cen­ter to hear the singer use his smoky bari­tone vo­cals on funk, R&B, gospel and his own soul­ful orig­i­nals at the Le­vitt Amp Con­cert.

Open­ing for Eskridge will be Jer­maine Pu­ri­fory, who just re­turned from tour­ing with The Im­pres­sions in Ja­pan.

Folks at Jaz­zanooga, which presents the Le­vitt Amp se­ries, say his cov­ers of artists such as Sam Cooke, Prince and Sly and the Fam­ily Stone are sure to get the au­di­ence danc­ing.

Eskridge played foot­ball at Ten­nes­see Tech Univer­sity, where he earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing. Al­though he ac­cepted a post- grad­u­ate en­gi­neer­ing po­si­tion with NASA in Huntsville, Alabama, he couldn’t shake his pas­sion for mu­sic.

So he waited un­til his j ob’s 401( k) was vested, then packed up and left Huntsville to move to Nashville to pur­sue mu­sic full-time. He quickly booked a wide ar­ray of back­ground vo­cal­ist work and a re­cur­ring role as host of “Sun­day Night Soul” at The 5 Spot.

He has col­lab­o­rated with or opened for acts such as Zac Brown Band, Lyle Lovett, Randy Travis, Jonny Lang, Micah Dal­ton and Toby Mac, among oth­ers.

In 2006, Es k r i d ge re­leased his de­but self-ti­tled EP and be­gan tour­ing the U.S., play­ing ev­ery cof­fee shop and bar in town. To date, he has taken his mu­sic abroad to South Africa, Am­s­ter­dam, In­dia and Eng­land.

His lat­est re­lease, “Live at Good Wood Nashville,” was re­leased in 2013.

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Ja­son Eskridge

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