“Guitar-forward modern alt-country with thoughtful lyrics, plaintive vocals
and a tastefully executed penchant for Bakersfield flourishes.”
- Rolling Stone

Jason Wilber - Reaction Time CD
$ 14.95      

Jason Wilber
Reaction Time CD

$ 14.95      

"Truly timeless." - Popdust

"Lighthearted, upbeat ... something to which we can all relate." - The Boot

"Gently melancholic." - American Songwriter

"A Country rock ’n roll sway." - The Alternate Root

"In this era of quick turnovers, transitory attitudes, and short-term loyalties, Wilber is living proof that a lifetime dedicated to a goal like making music is worth the effort." - East of 8th

The story behind REACTION TIME:

Jason Wilber’s new record, Reaction Time, plays like a solitary tour bus rolling steadfastly through the countryside under mysterious skies. It’s the sound of long, hushed hours spent scribbling in notebooks, dreaming up gorgeously mournful melodies and cascading harmonies set against jangling guitars, the searching songs underpinned by a persistent longing. Which all makes perfect sense. Wilber has spent the better part of the last 20 years gazing out at the world through the windows of planes, busses, cars and trains while on tour with country/folk icon John Prine.

“I was 26 when I started playing in John’s band, and I’m 47 now—it’s been my entire adult life,” Wilber says. “At this point, John and his family, and the guys in the band, they’re like family to me. I love them all, and I love working with them. When I look at what happens between John and an audience, I can’t deconstruct it for you and explain exactly why it’s so brilliant. But I can tell you that something amazing is happening. There’s something about his music that touches people deeply. It’s a special thing, and it’s been a pleasure and a joy to get to be a part of it for so long.”

In Wilber’s multi-decade journey with Prine, the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer has graced stages from the Grand Ole Opry to Austin City Limits, Seth Myers & Conan to Letterman & Colbert. And he’s been a key player in high-profile collaborations with a host of legends including Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Todd Snider, Tom Russell, Miranda Lambert, Susan Tedeschi, Josh Ritter, Kacey Musgraves & more.

“Making records, for me, is a process of discovery,” Wilber says. “Often, the song you thought was gonna be great turns out to be ok, and the one you thought was just ok turns into something amazing. And that’s because of all the collaboration—with the producer, with all the other musicians—and also the unknown, the mystery of what’s gonna unfold when you start working on a song. You can never predict what’s gonna happen. So as you go through the process, you have to keep your ears open for the things that are magic.”

That’s just how the sessions for Wilber’s latest solo LP, Reaction Time, went down. For the second album in a row (the first being 2016’s Echoes), Wilber worked with longtime friend, producer and Bloomington, Ind., music-scene compatriot Paul Mahern. The latter made his bones fronting seminal punk band Zero Boys before embarking on a brilliant career producing and engineering records by the likes of Iggy Pop, Neil Young and Willie Nelson, as well as more recent luminaries such as Magnolia Electric Co. and Okkervil River. Wilber has known Mahern for more than 25 years, and the camaraderie is palpable when you listen to Reaction Time.

“Paul and I have a great work rhythm,” Wilber says. “Making music is of course very spiritual and emotional; it’s a creative, artistic activity, but it’s also the kind of thing where you’ve got to show up every day and get things done. You have to put in the hours and get everything down on tape. Paul and I are very efficient in that way. He has great ideas and insights when it comes to arranging and recording. And I always trust him to be honest in his opinions.”

That unabashed honesty is a key ingredient on Reaction Time. Bleeding through on the title track and songs like “Jealousy and Envy,” “Shame On You” and “Teenage Idol” is an aching, sad-eyed and lonesome vulnerability. Blankets of wistful pedal steel belie a bittersweet and yearning vision of Americana. This is music for seekers—fellow travelers deeply committed to their own personal journeys, whether they succeed or fail. “I will be proud to meet you / On the field in defeat / Wherever fortune carries me / I will rise to meet my destiny,” Wilber croons, channeling Desire-era Dylan on “When These Good Old Days Are Gone.”

Another highlight is serene album-closer “Heaven,” a hushed country stomp spruced up by the gorgeous vagabond fiddle of Allie Summers and the drawling, ever-vibrant harmonies of Americana sweetheart Iris Dement. “Allie really added a whole new dimension to the record,” Wilber says. “And I love Iris’ voice—she’s just a wonderful person and artistic spirit. I was lucky to have them both on the record.”

The latest addition to an ever-deepening catalog that includes Lost In Your Hometown (1998), Behind the Midway (2000), King For A Day (2004), Lazy Afternoon (2006), Ghost of Summers Past (2009), Secret Window (2014) and Echoes (2016), Reaction Time is Wilber’s 8th solo record, and one of his finest works to date.

“I saw a great exhibit in Seattle a few years back,” says Wilber, considering his feelings on the new album and his career going forward. “It was this famous Japanese woodblock artist, Katsushika Hokusai, who’d done a series of prints, many of them of a great wave, and some had Mt. Fuji in the background. He’d been an artist his whole life, and he did that series when he was in his 80s, and that became the work he was known best for. I just think that’s fantastic—that you can be an artist your whole life, and end up doing your best work in your 80s.”

Jason Wilber - Reaction Time CD $14.95      

You can listen to samples of each track below.

Produced by Paul Mahern
Jason Wilber – Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Iris Dement - Harmony Vocals
Allie Summers - Violin
Glenn Myers - Bass
Ben Lumsdaine - Drums & Percussion
Devon Ashley - Drums & Percussion

Featuring the following songs:

1. Reaction Time

2. Love Me Now

3. Jealousy and Envy

4. Something Somewhere

5. When These Good Old Days Are Gone

6. Shame On You

7. I'd Love Another Saturday Night

8. Teenage Idol

9. Powerful Light

10. Heaven (feat. Iris Dement)

Order today and get 4 Instant Bonus Tracks!

If you'd like to take advantage of this special offer, order your CD today and you'll get 4 instant bonus tracks. After you place your order, you'll be taken to a confirmation page where you can download your instant bonus tracks immediately. See notes from Jason below on the bonus tracks.

Bonus Track #1 - Something Somewhere
"This special bonus track is an early version of my song "Something Somewhere" that we recorded during the Lazy Afternoon CD sessions. Featuring David Jacques on Bass, Paul Griffith on Drums, and Kevin McKendree on Piano."

Bonus Track #2 - Your Only One
"This is an alternate studio version of my song "Your Only One" recorded at the same time as some of the tracks on my King For A Day CD. Featuring Todd Smith on Bass, and Dan Deckard on Drums."

Bonus Track #3 - The Last Meeting of the Quakertown Optimist Club
"This is a live recording of my song "The Last Meeting of the Quakertown Optimist Club" recorded at the Berger Performing Arts Center in Tucson, Arizona in early 2006."

Bonus Track #4 - King For A Day
"I decided to put a live version of this song on the album of the same title, but here is the original studio version. Featuring Todd Smith on Bass, and Dan Deckard on Drums."

Jason Wilber
Reaction Time CD

$ 14.95