10/12/2017 - 7:30 pm
Singer/songwriter Jason McIntyre has a knack for melding blues, country, soul, and rock and roll together for a sound that is uniquely his own. Harkening back to the days of the Texas Troubadours, Jason’s music is an updated northeast adaptation of a deep southern style. Listening to him perform, one can hear the influence of music legends like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark.
In 2001, McIntyre left Pennsylvania for Los Angeles and landed in music production at the House of Blues, on the famous Sunset Strip. Immersed in the industry, Jason quickly realized his passion for music and began writing songs. Moving back to Pennsylvania in 2003, McIntyre settled in State College, where he teamed up with guitarist Jason “Junior” Tutwiler to write songs and master playing classic tunes by The Band, Tom Petty, Muddy Waters, and other influential artists. After honing their craft in the local bar scene, the pair pulled in a few more musicians to form the alt-country band, The Rustlanders. After releasing their self-titled debut album, the Rustlanders toured the country establishing a national presence and sharing the stage with national acts such as grammy-winning songwriter Ryan Bingham, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, John Fogerty and Keith Urban. In 2010, the Rustlanders disbanded, after which McIntyre spent considerable time traveling the United States seeking inspiration for new music and a fresh direction. In 2015, Jason moved to Colorado where he quickly got to work writing songs for his next collaboration with longtime musical partner, Junior Tutwiler, Eventually, their album was released in 2016.
Michael O’Connor is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter living in Colorado. For decades he has played and recorded with musicians including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Slaid Cleaves, Adam Carroll, Susan Gibson, Terri Hendrix, and Shelley King. A lifetime of hard-won experience on- and off-stage has allowed Michael a rare insight into the world of the rough, the faithless, the romantic, and the unlucky, all of whom find refuge in his songs. Michael has toured throughout the United States and overseas. He has released five albums, and a sixth is on the way this year.