Skyline Sessions

Live In Studio: Aaron Lee Tasjan

Nashville-based artist demonstrates a mastery of style and substance.

Genre-bending seems to be the game of the day in songwriting. Gone are the days when fans were defined by a certain artist/genre/sub-genre/fashion statement, and the same goes for today’s most intriguing singer-songwriters. Nashville-based Aaron Lee Tasjan has an impressive resume, having played in the most recent incarnation of glam-rock pioneers New York Dolls, as well as the popular Southern rock outfit Drivin N Cryin. In between, he’s tackled roots-rock, alt-country and the kind of hazy, California jams inspired by Tom Petty. Tasjan is also an accomplished guitarist, winning awards and scholarships in his youth, inspired by (and adroit in) everything from intricate acoustic picking to fuzzy punk riffs and screaming feedback. In a review of Tasjan’s new album Silver Tears, NPR’s Ann Powers called the artist a “musician’s musician who’s put together a studio band that can roll with him from acoustic blues to garage-pop psychedelia to smooth Nashville sounds to lush Laurel Canyon fare.” Lyrically, Silver Tears is an impeccably-crafted delight, steeped in humor, dream imagery and social commentary.

Tasjan, with singer/guitarist Brian Wright, visited Houston Public Media’s Geary Studio to record two songs off Silver Tears, which is officially released today, October 28, 2016.