Jason Ager is a blues-rock artist with hip-hop and R&B influences. Jason’s self-taught guitar style is distinguished by stylized palm muting and percussive striking. He has been playing original music since picking up the guitar, and has grown a loyal following in his hometown Philadelphia music scene. With stints in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Jason is a staple in clubs from New York to Virginia. He leads a trio that moves audiences to the dance floor, and also performs upbeat acoustic music that tests the boundaries of the traditional singer-songwriter.
Born to Surf, the latest album from Jason Ager & The C.O.P.O., blends rock, blues, and hip-hop to give listeners a wild ride before delivering them safely to shore. Born to Surf is silly, serious, and always funky as it conjures up a sunny beach any time of the year.
The title track is Jason’s take on wish fulfillment, as he dreams about hanging ten with his favorite surfer-musicians even while making fun of his own skills in the water. “The Fishin’ Jawn” keeps with the aquatic theme, but this time the audience ends up in the boat, reeled in by the taut slide guitar.
In “Something Sweet,” Jason tries to figure out why his lady sticks around, while things get a little jazzy with a call-and-response trumpet part. Tracks like “The Indian” and “Closer the Bone” perfectly match cool keys, catchy choruses, and witty lyrics as Jason sings about kids drinking in parks and the perks of loving larger women.
The album has its quiet moments too, with “The Girlfriend Song” destined for a spot on a breakup mix tape. The most earnest soul searching comes on “Chain Bridge Road,” where Jason delivers deep thoughts upon a crescendoing melody.
Born to Surf showcases the range of Jason’s songwriting, covering touching sentiment, rollicking fun, and cheeky self-deprecation. The mix of styles makes Born to Surf an album that will quickly hook you, whether you’re road tripping to the nearest beach or just dreaming about whatever it is you were born to do.