This was one of those great freelance jobs that comes along once in awhile. Jason contacted me directly, after reading Abandoned Cars, and asked if I’d be interested in illustrating and designing his new upcoming CD. Jason’s a great Canadian singer/songwriter who’s music would be considered American Roots music, I guess – by that I mean it’s very steeped in traditional country music, without any of the psuedo-country elements that seem to fall under the category of “contemporary country music”. Jason and I also share a similar interest in exploring the Great American Mythological Drama, each in our own way. The best way to describe it is to give you a sample of Jason’s songs: go to his website at http://www.jasonhaywood.com or check out his last album on Itunes or at http://www.haysalerecords.com/store/store.php

This was the first time a client specifically asked that I use a character from one of my graphic stories: In this case, the freight hopper (i.e.:Me, at the age of twenty-four) in the SPIRIT trilogy. After getting to know his music, I quickly became a fan, and the rest of the project went well enough to establish the makings of a friendship between us. I highly encourage you to check out Jason’s new album, “A Thousand Miles Since Yesterday”. It’s very solid.


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