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Jason Link brings talents to Market Square
SoVaNow.com / April 10, 2013It’ll be time for a little boot scootin’ next week as South Hill’s Market Square kicks off its Third Thursday Affair on the Square concert series with Jason Link, a Nashville recording artist who hails from the Brunswick County community of Freeman. Link is set to perform Thursday, April 18 at Market Square in the heart of downtown South Hill, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Link is a talented musician who has mastered the guitar and banjo and he is also a seasoned songwriter, whose memorable melodies and story-driven lyrics have natural appeal for country radio audiences. When you first meet Link, it’s hard to tell he was raised on a 900-acre tobacco farm that goes back four generations. In fact, you may think he was more of a new generation country-rocker, with his spikey hair, lean physique and rumpled designer duds. But regardless of his urban-esque appeal, this real-world “country boy” from Freeman can belt out a tune with just enough twang to summon visions of George Strait crossed with Hank Williams, Jr., with a serving of Kenny Chesney on the side.
And that doesn’t even cover the fact that he’s an extraordinary guitar player. Link is among the few who play lead guitar currently driving the country music scene. Only two other guitar players come to mind when thinking of Jason, and that’s Brad Paisley and Keith Urban.
However, Link is well aware that the talent to have mastered the guitar and banjo is not all it takes for him to make his career dreams a reality ... it’s about having great songs and the ability and will to perform live. With the stamina of Bruce Springsteen and an enduring passion to always be on stage singing, he is what one would call a true entertainer.
None of this should be a surprise once you learn how long Link has been doing this thing he calls “his life.” It all started at the age of five, playing drums at his grandfather’s dance hall, Club 301, while also appearing on his grandfather’s radio station, 580-AM WLES in Lawrenceville under the nickname “Scoot Scoot.” At age 16, he began to play guitar and write his own songs, which led to countless shows at local bars and other venues with his uncle Marty, who was influential in teaching Link his unique style of hybrid country lead guitar. Eager to explore music from all genres, Link was influenced, both vocally and in his guitar playing, by artists ranging from Hank Williams Sr. to Jimi Hendrix to the Beatles. There was no stopping him.
Gates open at six, and admission is $3. You must have ID for the event.
Other Affair on the Square concerts include a May 16 performance by J.B and the Get Down Browns, a June 20 show with The Embers, the July 3 Picnic in the Park with the Redneck Pool Party, and a Sept. 19 performance by The Konnection Band. And of course, October 31 will mark the return of Monster Mash.