Acoustic Lounge w/ Jason DeVore (Authority Zero), Gabo (Fayuca), Zach (ZeeCeeKeely), Desert Fish Unplugged, and Randy Vega
Doors 6:30PM | Show 7PM | 21 & Over ______
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ABOUT JASON DEVORE (AUTHORITY ZERO)
When Jason DeVore isn’t biting off the lyrics to a ska-punk anthem for his day job as founding vocalist of Mesa, AZ’s hometown heroes Authority Zero, you most likely will find him strumming his acoustic guitar and uncharacteristically wearing his heart on his sleeve.
Since 2006, when he self-released his first solo album, Conviction (The Smokehouse Sessions), DeVore has been working on a five-part epic that now includes 2011’s Conviction 2 (The Crooked Path) and last year’s Conviction, Volume III: The Road to Clarity. Quite distinct from his work with AZ, the new music has mutated into a largely acoustic, roots-oriented sound that harks back to his mother’s youngest brother, Uncle Don, who would tour fairgrounds impersonating the likes of Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley.
“The first two albums were just me wanting to experiment with different instruments, to kind of see what would happen,” says Jason about the genesis of his solo work, which began, as his songwriting usually does, composing a number of songs on acoustic guitar that just didn’t feel right for the band. “Rather than try to make them something they weren’t, I recorded them because they had such an honest feeling to them. It gave me a chance to broaden my horizons with other sounds I was interested in exploring.”
The latest release, Conviction, Volume III, offers the full flowering of his artistic vision, a set of songs like “I Hate To Say I Told You So” and “Black and Blue” that plumbs a personal side of DeVore he keeps hidden behind the abstract, rallying cries of his songs in Authority Zero.
“These are personal, self-revealing songs,” he explains. “I put my heart on my sleeve with these lyrics, and that’s hard to do sometimes. These songs are straight to the point. There’s not a lot of confusion about what or who I’m singing about.” An autobiographical song like “Young and Numb,” about his own adventures in a certain band, the closing song on Conviction 2, is typical of DeVore’s intention.
Even with his packed Authority Zero touring schedule, DeVore manages to make time for his solo work. His latest project, The Deadly’s, a side project with his Dublin drummer friend Keith Walker, is a Celtic-Irish pub/punk band with influences like Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys and The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan, much like The Bollox, his similar band which crashed and burned after initial success. Jason has also toured his solo material with periodic Le Tour DeVore, hitting the road in a van with his wife’s brother Russ Baum and Less Than Jake’s Chris DeMakes to play around the country.
“We have people standing on tables, drinking Guinness and Jameson, spilling it all over the place,” says of his gigs with The Bollox and now The Deadly’s.
In the meantime, as he waits for the current Covid-19 crisis to let up so he can get back on the road, DeVore remains busy writing with his guys in Authority Zero and composing new solo material, while hosting his own YouTube series, “Story Time,” in which he explains the motivations behind his songs like “Black and Blue,” or simply reads a children’s book such as Walter the Farting Dog.
“I’m blessed to be able to do this for a living,” says Jason. “I don’t think I ever want to stop.”
For Jason DeVore, life begins at 40.
ABOUT GABO (FAYUCA)
ABOUT ZACH (ZEECEEKEELY)
ABOUT DESERT FISH UNPLUGGED
ABOUT RANDY VEGA