Monday, April 23, 2007

Life in General band - Jerry Chapman and Jason LeVasseur

life in general
I got a nice phone call from Jason LeVasseur from the band Life in General. He was on tour out in the MidWest and heard my song “My Virtual Girlfriend” on Sirius Blue Collar Radio while flipping the dial.
Life in General is Jason LeVasseur and Jerry Chapman. They played, sung, and helped produce my album “Looking for Fun.” If I remember correctly, I met them sometime around 1995 in an elevator in Anaheim, CA. It turns out that Jason was a fan of my comedy group Selected Hilarity. He went to school at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem and I believe had been to one of our shows in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Jason invited us to a party back at he and Jerry’s hotel and we’ve been friends ever since.
I’ve seen countless Life in General shows through the years. They have opened shows for Ben Folds Five, The Wallflowers, Bryan Adams, Barenaked Ladies and the Dave Matthews Band. They’ve toured Australia. Jerry has jammed on stage with Eddie Vedder. They were picked by Musician Magazine as one of the top 100 unsigned bands in the country. And they are a three-time winner of the Campus Entertainment Award for Contemporary Music Artist of the Year.
I was honored to have them help produce “Looking for Fun.” They played all the instruments, did all the backup singing, and helped with lyric writing and arrangements. After the CD release, we performed several shows together, including one where they supported me as a headline act. Those are memories to last a lifetime.
I owe thanks to a lot of people who have helped me out through the years. Today’s post goes out to Jerry and Jason from Life in General. Get to know them – the whole world soon will…
[I recommend the double live CD No Need to be Lonely to get you started.]

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