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On his fourth full-length, “Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!”, East Nashville country-to-not-country songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan is as eager to flesh out the contours of his narrative as the exclamation points imply. Only a month into 2021 and we already have a strong contender for Album of the Year. Just a glorious sound – pop, Americana, psychedelia, it’s a little of everything.

For all of the album’s autobiographical tendencies (often taking shape in references to his bisexuality), Tasjan’s search for meaning is most satisfying when he adopts a hedonistic, albeit good-natured, nihilism. The faster the tempo, the glammier the synth, the brighter the key, the more room for pomp and panache, the more at home Tasjan sounds. This isn’t wholly surprising, given the rhinestone cowboy gallop of 2016’s “Silver Tears” and the enormous hooks trotted out in 2018’s “Karma For Cheap”—the latter’s “If Not Now When” and “The Truth Is So Hard To Believe” paraphrase Oasis in more ways than one.  There are so many gems on this album! Up All Night was the first song birthed into the world, and I was immediately hooked. Aaron Lee Tasjan has reinvented himself previously, and expands into new territory yet again with sounds both novel and familiar.

Tasjan nails it on “Don’t Overthink It,” with its meaty bass, gossamer guitar line, and matter-of-fact “I know the bad is getting badder/ It doesn’t matter” message. He adopts a similar approach on lead single “Up All Night,” shot through with ‘80s Springsteen optimism and devil-may-care sparkle: “Broke up with my boyfriend/ To go out with my girlfriend/ Because love is like, love is like, love is like that.” So it is.


If the neon car he drives through the galaxy in the video for “Computer of Love” is any indication, Tasjan isn’t especially self-serious. But he’s susceptible to the self-titled trap of needing capital-S something to capital-S say. The album finishes with a trio of meandering ballads that feel meant to offer some positive personal resolution. “Now You Know,” the best of the three, manages a deft minor-key change with the old school tremolo of an electric organ. But Tasjan is at his best when he throws his hands up in gleeful and messy resignation, the kind of mentality befitting an album with this many exclamation points built in. 

All songs written by Aaron Lee Tasjan

Released February 5th, 2021

Instruments & vocals by:
Aaron Lee Tasjan, 
Tommy Scifres,
Dylan Sevey.
Gregory Lattimer,
Keith Christopher,
Fred Eltringham,
Josh Kaler,
Devon Ashley,
Dom Billet,
Jon Radford,
Matt Rowlands,

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The songwriter plays two tracks from his recently released album “Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!” outside East Nashville’s Basement East. He was back at the Basement East recently, where the talented songwriter and guitarist delivered acoustic renditions of two new originals that appeared on his recently-released Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! studio album outside the East Nashville venue.

The outdoor acoustic performances of “Computer of Love” and “Now You Know” were filmed for FLOOD Magazine‘s Neighborhoods series. Throughout the solo performance, Tasjan added his own makeshift percussion sounds with his mouth in addition to handling vocal duties.

The Basement East was severely damaged by the tornadoes that swept through East Nashville in early March 2020, when at least 40 buildings located around the city reportedly collapsed and at least two people were killed.

Watch Tasjan’s acoustic performances of “Computer of Love” and “Now You Know” 

candy lunch

Following up on her highly acclaimed Trinity Lane LP (2017), singer-songwriter Lilly Hiatt drops a vivid new video for her single “Candy Lunch”. Directed and edited by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard, the film uses its colour palette to carry the storyteller’s reflections. Although stunning in its brightness, for the most part, the camera’s focus remains on the raconteur. Which in turn provides the kind of intimacy the deeply personal lyrics deserve.

“Candy Lunch” is from the songwriter’s 2020 album, ‘Walking Proof’, out now via New West Records. And according to a label statement, the set is produced by one time Cage the Elephant guitarist Lincoln Parish and features a first-time collaboration with Hiatt’s father, the legendary songwriter-performer John Hiatt. As well as contributions by friends Amanda Shires (The Highwomen) and the famed Aaron Lee Tasjan.

Check out the new video and make sure to follow the links for album updates and details. And spend some time feasting your eyes on the beautiful psychedelic artwork by Kim Radford. Written by Lilly Hiatt

Aaron Lee Tasjan, aka ALT, is a songwriter and guitarist and performer. I’d stay away from him if I were you. Big trouble. It’s tough to take Aaron Lee Tasjan seriously when he calls himself a folk singer. Though the shaggy-haired, 30-year-old Nashville transplant is perfectly capable of quieting a room with storytelling songs and acoustic fingerpicking, there’s a whole lot of other music in his repertoire—not to mention on his resume. His incisive electric guitar playing landed him prime glam rock gigs, first with Semi Precious Weapons, then a latter-day line-up of the proto-punk New York Dolls—both far better known for the flaunting of fabulous rock ‘n’ roll androgyny than for anything remotely folk-leaning.

He also secured a spot in the hard-edged roots rock outfit Drivin’ N Cryin’. The solo work that Tasjan’s committed himself to since—including his magnetic New West Records debut Silver Tears—makes use of his slouching self-awareness, bohemian intellect and wicked wit, as well as his fondness for psychedelic eruptions, sophisticated studio pop flourishes and easy twang. He’s wagering that the Americana scene, no matter its traditionalist rep, has room for such motley impulses. We’re excited to announce the new Aaron Lee Tasjan album, Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!, is on its way! The fourth full-length album from the enigmatic Nashville songwriter will be released February 5th, 2021. 

The debut single from the album, “Up All Night,”  is equal parts alternative pop and glam rock stomp. 

Releases February 5th, 2021

Aaron Lee Tasjan is set to release his new album Karma For Cheap on August 31st via New West Records. This will be Tasjan’s second solo venture and signals a different sound for the artist, a change he described  as “… a little more rough and ready, more raw than anything I’ve done before.”

The 31-year-old from New Albany, Ohio has already enjoyed a varied music career, having played with Semi Precious Weapons and the New York Dolls, in addition to his work as a solo artist.

Of the new record, Tasjan says: “I needed this album to have a sense of adventure and mystery, to feel a little shaky and dangerous at times — something that wasn’t the obvious choice in terms of what people already like about what I do.  I’ve come to realize that I’m a searcher, which means I’m going to be searching forever.”

Tasjan says the new project is influenced by his childhood favorites the Beatles, David Bowie, and Badfinger, to name a few.

Aaron Lee Tasjan, aka ALT, is a songwriter and guitarist and performer. I’d stay away from him if I were you.

Aaron Lee Tasjan fell over and broke his wrist. “It could have been much worse” he said. “I could have broken my guitar”.  This man is interested in his guitar and his music more than anything else.

I come not to tell you how incredible Aaron Lee Tasjan is but seeing this is his album I suppose I should make some sort of effort. After all, he’s made three cool albums and he came up with that great guitar riff that Jack White plays on I Believe In Elvis Presley record.  Aaron rides into town with his guitar and his little amp and a bag full of gizmos and a wild suit that would make Lefty Frizzell wince. He’s got the tunes, he’s got the verbal, he’s got the humour and the heartbreak and the hat. “There must be some way outta here” as Bob said. And there is. ALT by name and altitude by nature.
Like Dan Penn and Neil Young, this is white soul that is beyond colour and full of colour, heart to art and vice versa, the voice authentic with the dust of the road. Songs of pain and redemption, of loss and longing and toleration and elucidation and maybe elevation, which way is up? And d’you mind if we have a laugh along.


For Silver Tears, Tasjan decamped from Tennessee to Southern California, trading Nashville’s icy winter for Los Angeles’ eternal sunshine in February 2016. Like he did on In The Blazes, he enlisted producer and Father John Misty bassist Eli Thomson to helm the production and together they assembled a group of accomplished musicians that included solo artist David Vandervelde on guitar and lap steel, Max Hart on piano and organ, Charlie Peterson on cornet, trumpet and saxophone and drummers Frank Lenz and Dan Bailey on drums and other assorted percussion. Thomson also manned bass and synth. Splitting their time between several studios, the band laid down part of the album at New Monkey, the famed studio in the gritty LA enclave of Van Nuys where Smith recorded his final album, From A Basement On The Hill, and at Sonikwire Studios in Irvine and Club Casino in Huntington Beach. “Romantically, I had the idea of Tom Petty in the studio, jamming, trying to capture different feels and see where the day was,” Tasjan reveals. I wanted it to be live, to have that intensity that draws people in.”

Silver Tears is a collection of songs that offer a glimpse through the eyes of one gifted songwriter and versatile musician. Whether playing guitar in the late incarnation of riotous glam-rock innovators the New York Dolls, the gender-bending, envelope-pushing sleaze ‘n’ tease arena rock band Semi Precious Weapons, the Neil Young-signed alt-country act Everest, British roots rock band Alberta Cross, Southern rock stalwarts Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ or even as frontman of the devilishly cleverly-named Heartbreakers-meets-Replacements rockers Madison Square Gardeners, East Nashville-based musician Aaron Lee Tasjan has always considered himself a songwriter first and foremost, writing his own off-kilter folk-inflected songs since he picked up his first acoustic as a teen guitar prodigy. An inspired and confident set of songs, Silver Tears careens from woozy pot paeans to brooding, cinematic observations to laid back ‘70s country-rock and galloping anthems to introspective folk and rollicking honkytonk.

It takes unique talent to adapt to playing with artists as diverse as Pat Green, Kevn Kinney and the New York Dolls all before releasing your debut at 27. But such is the shaggy dog tale of East Nashville by way of Ohio and New York bohemian Aaron Lee Tasjan. He takes that experience and unleashes it in a 10-song set that showcases his wry, dryly humorous lyrics atop folk rock caught between the crawling swamp of J.J. Cale (“The Dangerous Kind”), the urban grit of Bruce Springsteen (“Lucinda’s Room”), the self-deprecation of Randy Newman (“E.N.S.A.A.T.”) and the poetic swagger of Elliott Murphy (“Made in America”). Tasjan exudes a scruffy, lovable charm that translates into Americana that’s as charming as it is chiming. Unfortunately, at only 35 minutes, the album is over just as it’s finding that elusive groove. Still, there is enough wily wordplay and effortlessly hummable melodies in these rootsy country folk-rockers to keep you satiated until he can produce the follow-up we’re already waiting for.