Aaron Lee Tasjan Band plays the pond at 7 tonight. Courtesy photo
Tonight at 7 p.m., the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series presents a very special concert starring the fantastic Aaron Lee Tasjan Band. Not only is he a fantastic singer-songwriter but he’s playing at the gorgeous Ashley Pond Park with a hot, hot band AND the show is FREE!
His early inspiration came from the Beatles and seeing Ted Nugent in concert at an early age but wait… after expanding his musical horizons he grew to love the great Texas outlaw singers. Singer-songwriters like Guy Clark, Steve Earl, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Willie, Waylon and Townes Van Zandt plus John Prine and Todd Snyder became his muses. Like these cats, he plays the gamut of roots music from folk, country and blues to rock & roll.
Aaron Lee Tasjan, (aka ALT) was raised in Ohio and started playing guitar at 11. He cut his teeth playing in teenage garage bands. At 16, ALT was the recipient of the “Outstanding Guitarist” of the Essentially Ellington Competition at Lincoln Center in NY. He won a scholarship to the Berklee School of Music but declined the offer and moved to Brooklyn in 2006 to rock out. He soon joined the very successful band, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’. After some advice to never be defined by one sound or genre, he joined the great reformed punk band, the New York Dolls as their lead guitarist. The year was 2008 and he also formed his own band, the Madison Square Gardeners. He was now playing in two bands and MSG was soon called the “…best NYC has to offer” by the “Village Voice”.
Aaron Lee moved to Nashville in 2013 to focus on songwriting and a solo career. Since then he’s played with Jack White, Todd Snyder, Sean Lennon, Ian McLagan and Nigel Harrison. Texas superstar Pat Green recorded ALT’s song, “Streets of Galilee” with Aaron Lee on lead guitar. The record reached #15 on the country Billboard Charts.
Tasjan says, “When I write songs I try to put all of my favorite things into each one, and those things happen to be loud rock ‘n roll, folk and country music. It’s a hodge-podge or a melting pot… it just occurred to me one day that I’d love to see someone singing real songs with beauty and grit, then launch into some stadium rock-esque guitar solo and then back to the song again. I decided to do my best to land somewhere between a folk singer and the dude with no shirt on as the wind blows through his hair and an (expletive deleted) eagle lands on his guitar neck.” Aaron Lee Tasjan doesn’t take himself too seriously and he’s damn serious about that.