Jason Karaban is originally from Philadelphia. For the past ten years he has been living and working as a songwriter in California. His parents and brother still live in Philly. I just received a new song, “Low Road,” from Jason and we traded emails about it.
Helen Leicht: Tell me about the new song.
Jason Karaban: I performed this on your show, Helen. It was pretty fresh back then. I recently recorded this version with Sara Watkins, Garrison Starr, Benmont Tench and Pete Thomas. .
HL: How did you get connected with those musicians?
JK: I’ve been doing a lot of writing with various artists such as Lucy Schwartz, Glen Phillips from Toad the Wet Sprocket and others. Craig Elkins from Huffamoose actually helped with some of the lyrics on “Low Road,” along with Garrison Starr. I connected with sara watkins through Glen Phillips. I also work with Sara’s brother, Sean. I’ve been recording and playing with Pete Thomas for about eight years or so. I hooked up with him through David Immergluck and Charlie Gillingham from Counting Crows who I’ve also worked with on off for the same amount of time. He’s played on most of my solo records. I met benmont tench at a place out here in Los Angeles called Largo where I’ve played with Sara and Sean as part of a residency they’ve been doing for about 10 years called the Watkins Family Hour.
HL: When will the song be available and do you want to share this new music?
JK: “Low Road” will probably be available on an EP at some point in the future but I’d love to offer the song as a free download to WXPN listeners.Jason Karaban