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ARTIST ID: 15934

As a child growing up, he was surrounded by music and fondly remembers spending his Sundays on the front porch of his Grandparents cabin with his family where he would watch his Grandmother as she played the tub bass, washboard, guitar, or fiddle among a myriad of other instruments that she played by ear. With his mother, his uncles, & his cousins and other relatives joining in on these Sunday gatherings, it became inevitable that a passion and love for music became the very core of Jay's heart. Shaped by a family's love and gift for music, Jay's dreams of a life in music quickly grew into reality. Eventually joining the family band started in the early 1900s by his great grand parents (who were called upon to play what was called in those days "house dances"), Jay played intermittently for several years and then joined the band (now called County Line) full-time alongside his Uncle Chuck in 1998. Following in the tradition of his family and in the footsteps of his uncle Chuck, he took over the band playing at local VFW Halls, Elk's Lodges, Bars, Fairs, and Festivals. It was his Uncle Chuck that really fostered Jay's creativity, mentoring Jay in the music business and encouraging him to pursue his dream of becoming a Country Artist. Since his Uncle Chuck's passing, he has remained one of Jay's most dominant inspirations, and it was shortly after, that Jay stepped away from performing with the family band to begin pursuing his solo career. As a solo artist, Jay has gone on to open for Artists such as Buddy Jewel at the Birchmere in Old town Alexandria, Virginia where he received one of the best audience receptions with a non-traditional version of a classic country song, "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash (another of Jay's inspirations, as can be heard in his tribute to the late Johnny Cash with "The Only Angel In Black"). As well as performing locally and regionally in his home state, Jay has spent most of his time this last year in the studio finishing up his upcoming album "Like A Place I Haven't Seen". With its release, Jay looks to hit the road to promote the album, and reach out to his fans. It has been a lifetime of being surrounded by a love for music and Jay's unique approach and outlook on life that has sparked Jay's musical style of Country, which is an exceptional blend of Bluegrass, Folk, country, and Rock, and can only be labeled as the sound of Jay Blackwell. To Jay, the journey is more important than the destination. Full of compassion and a longing to connect with fans, he reaches into the depths of his essence and brings to life an undeniable passion for music.

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  • Country
    Alan Jackson - GOOD TIME
    Allison Krauss - WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL
    Big and Rich - SAVE A HORSE, RIDE A COWBOY
    Billy Currington - DOING SOMETHING RIGHT
    Blake Shelton - SOME BEACH
    Bob Seger - OLD TIME ROCK N ROLL
    Brad Paisley - SHE'S EVERYTHING
    Dixie chicks - COWBOY TAKE ME AWAY
    Dwight Yoakam - FAST AS YOU
    Eric Church - HOW 'BOUT YOU?
    Eric Clapton - WONDERFUL TONIGHT
    Georgia Satelite - KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF
    Gretchen Wilson - COME TO BED
    Gretchen Wilson - REDNECK WOMAN
    James Otto - JUST GOT STARTED LOVIN' YOU
    Johnny Cash - FOLSOM PRISON BLUES
    Johnny Cash and June Carter - JACKSON
    Josh Turner - FIRECRACKER
    Josh Turner - YOUR MAN
    Kentucky Headhunters - WALK SOFTLY
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - CALL ME THE BREEZE
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - GIMME THREE STEPS
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - SWEET HOME ALABAMA
    Rodney Atkins - IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH HELL
    Sheryl Crow - THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST
    Sugarland - DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI
    Sugarland - SETTLIN'
    Sugarland - SUGARLAND
    Toby Keith - A LITTLE LESS TALK
    Toby Keith - I LOVE THIS BAR
    ZZ Topp - SHARP DRESSED MAN
  • Originals
    J. Blackwell - BURNING
    J. Blackwell - LET'S LIVE A LIFE TO REMEMBER
    J. Blackwell - LIKE A PLACE I HAVEN'T SEEN
    J. Blackwell - THERE IS NO LOVE WITHOUT PAIN
    J. Blackwell - THIS THING CALLED LIFE
J. Blackwell Band