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Jason & Ginger - “Jason Fickel & Ginger Curry can evoke sweet song styles of long-ago decades and can also drive your bottom and top chakras into blues overdrive with supersoul vocals and hurtmesobad slide guitar.” -- Steve V. Johnson, Bloomington Songwriter Showcase
Born in Kansas, singer-songwriter-guitarist Jason Fickel was bitten by the blues as a teenager. He headed South to Mississippi where he apprenticed himself to blues masters James “Son” Thomas and Othar Turner. Next he went North, first to Rhode Island and then to Chicago, where he honed his songwriting craft. He has been called “Elvis Costello wearing Donovan’s boxers” and his tune “Get Your Car Off My Lawn” was featured this year on NPR’s Car Talk. Jason’s killer slide guitar and wry lyrics create a musical experience whose roots are nourished by the powerful versatility of vocalist Ginger Curry. Born in Kentucky and raised in the rich traditions of Southern Baptist gospel music, her voice communicates the wide range of the human experience from barrelhouse blues to soul-stirring ballads. Beyond gospel and blues, she is an established songwriter in the new thought community and still finds time to express her Kentucky roots singing in a down-home bluegrass combo.
In 2011, Jason & Ginger released their dynamite debut album, “Jokerville,” now receiving national radio airplay. They have appeared on many WFHB Firehouse Follies live radio variety shows, giving them the opportunity to share the stage with several national acts. Also, this year they have begun performing beyond their Bloomington, Indiana, home base, taking their music throughout the Midwest and South, including several showcases at the Folk Alliance Regional Midwest conference in Bolingbrook, Illinois, and a semi-finalist appearance at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.