As part of a series called “Remembering Jason Molina,” I’m collecting stories about Jason and his impact on songwriters, musicians, and music writers. These are all individual tributes, on how Jason has affected their music, their perception of music, or just anecdotes on meeting him or seeing him live. Each story is being posted to surround and promote the new album Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina, which not only celebrates Jason’s music, but will also help the Molina family and MusiCares with its proceeds.
In 2009, The Avett Brothers did a few shows with Magnolia Electric Co.. As friends and fans, Jason’s work has left an indelible impression on both Scott and Seth. After Jason’s death, the band sat down backstage in Dublin, Ireland and paid tribute with “Hammer Down” in Avett Brothers fashion. They have also provided Common Folk Music with statements regarding their dear friend, Jason Molina.
Jason Molina wrote and sang from the same haunting and brilliant spirit that Townes Van Zandt did. His brilliance was the kind that isn’t learned but lived. We all want to be that way, beautiful simply because of who we are. Jason was. – Scott Avett
I am drawn to Jason’s music by the sheer unguardedness of it. There is no fear in his songs. They can bounce or shine or hypnotize or rock or connect you to your own darkness or joy. There is a glorious lack of ego in it; it is music for anyone with a desire for honesty in both tone and poetic verse. – Seth Avett
Purchase Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina: Amazon; iTunes
Jason Molina: Website; Secretly Canadian; Graveface Records
Magnolia Electric Co.: Website; Secretly Canadian; Facebook
The Avett Brothers: Website; Facebook; Twitter; Youtube