(M.A. Religious Studies, ’10)

Jason began his musical career playing around campfires in his hometown of Eagle River, Wis. At the University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh, he was a driving force behind the burgeoning Fox Valley music scene of the late ’90s. In 2003, his National Guard unit was deployed to Iraq. In 2010, Jason recorded a song for the documentary “On The Bridge,” an experience that led to the release of “Trying to Find My Way Home” (TTFMWH) in 2011, a song based on his own war experiences and on his suicide attempts after his homecoming. Based on the success of TTFMWH in the veterans’ community, Jason started a new nonprofit, Warrior Songs, Inc., in 2012, doing post-traumatic stress disorder arts outreach, education, and healing. In spring 2014, Jason released his 4th CD, “Love & Life.” He is currently on sabbatical from Warrior Songs and is touring in support of his new CD. (Editor’s note: To read more about his backstory, visit the Stritch Magazine home page, click on “Past Issues” and choose the Spring/Summer 2011 issue. Jason is featured as part of the cover story).

Official website:

www.jasonmoon.org

Social media:

Facebook

Photos

Links to news stories:

May 2013 Fuse News video

March 2013 NPR “The Story With Dick Gordon”

November 2012 American Songwriter story

July 2012 Huffington Post story and video

March 2012 Public Radio International “The World”

June 2011 The Lakeland Times (Minocqua, Wis) story

Music and video links:

iTunes

SoundCloud

Albums:

1997 “Naked Under All These Clothes”

2006 “Poverty”

2012 “Trying to Find My Way Home”

2014 “Love & Life”

Self-described style:

Singer/Songwriter – Lyrically driven Americana

Instruments/vocals:

Guitar, harmonica, lead vocals

Performance groups:

  • Moon & Thacia (singer/songwriter)
  • The Paste Eating Elmer’s (traditional folk and blues)
  • The North Country Ramblers (traditional folk and blues)
  • Drivinʼ Wheel (traditional blues)
  • Moon & Lipsky (classic rock, blues, and singer/songwriter)
  • The Great Garbonzos (folk rock)

 

Notable collaborations:

  • Co-wrote with Lil’ Rev
  • Recorded an original song in the studio of Jerry Marotta who was the drummer on the Orleans hit “You’re Still The One”
  • Frogwater – Award-winning Milwaukee-area Celtic band

 

Influences/mentors:

Lil’ Rev was my mentor. My influences are Bob Dylan, John Prine, Greg Brown, Lil’ Rev, and Traditional Blues.

Favorite band/musician/composer:

Bob Dylan

Favorite songs:

 

Piece with a special backstory:

“Trying to Find My Way Home” began in Iraq 2003 and was finished when I got home.

Biggest musical feat so far:

Founding and running the nonprofit Warrior Songs where I used the songs I wrote about my experience of coming home from war to help others. I was able to save lives and prevent veteran suicide with my songs. Twenty-two veterans take their lives every day.

Awards/honors:

  • 2009 Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice “Peace Maker of the Year”
  • 2012 National Veterans Creative Art Festival – Gold Medal – Special Recognition for use of art in healing of self or others “Trying to Find My Way Home”

Earliest music memory:

Singing “Folsum Prison Blues” around the campfire with my family at age 4.

Memorable gigs:

There are two shows I remember the most. The first was the first house concert I played at a venue called The Red Barn. I fell in love with the small, intimate nature of house concerts and had perhaps the most “fun” I have ever had performing.

The second was when I was asked to perform at the National Summit: Arts in Healing for Warriors held in October 2011 at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. I got to perform my song “Trying to Find My Way Home” and speak of my struggle with military PTSD in front of some of the most prominent figures working in this field. I got to meet the doctor who taught Gabrielle Giffords to talk again after a gunshot wound to the head as well as the Rear Admiral of the Navy. In addition, after 10 years in the military, I finally got to stand in a room full of “brass” (high-ranking enlisted personal) and not get yelled at.

Day job:

None, but I take care of my 14-month-old daughter most days

Future goals:

Tour the country playing music, try to put out a new CD every 2-3 years.

Memberships:

VFW, American Legion, Veterans for Peace, ASCAP

Upcoming gigs?

11 Sept. at 7 p.m.
Moon & Thacia
Granite City Food & Brewery, Madison

17 Oct. at 7 p.m.
Jason Moon opening for Lil’ Rev
Wild Hog in The Woods Coffeehouse, Madison

Other interesting facts:

I’ve got a new daughter (14 months) Penny June Moon and have relocated to Madison. I am looking for venues where I can play original music.

Contact information:

moon@jasonmoon.org

Current projects:

This spring, a dear friend was in a near-fatal car accident. I was asked to help with a music-based fundraiser. We just concluded the event and are pleased to announce we raised almost $30,000 for our friend. Now I am working on reviving my non-military musical career. Working on songs for my next CD, I am trying to keep up with all the amazing changes that are taking place in the music business.