Jersey Rock with Jersey Humor... and Heart
Montclair, NJ-based singer/songwriter Jason Didner wants to have a conversation with you, through his lyrics. That conversation can be earnest at times. The dialouge can also take a humorous turn, like griping about the dreaded “Patient Portal” we must visit online before going to a doctor appointment.
On his upcoming album “Side Effects,” Jason compounds the comedic with the heartfelt, drawing on a medically complicated home life. Jason had donated a kidney to his wife (and frequent co-lyricist) Amy; doctor visits and prescription changes occupy a large swath of daily life for the family.
This musician weaves these words in with music of wide-ranging classic rock and singer/songwriter styles. You’ll hear influences from Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Eddie Van Halen, U2 and BB King.
The singer/multi-instrumentalist has written songs and performed in coffeehouses, sports bars, and bookstores since 1994. Early in this artist’s singer/songwriter days he found his voice with epic, progressive rockers like “Wall of Sound” and quirky tunes with humor from his own life’s experiences like “Cubicle.”
Perhaps most notably, Jason broke through in the winter of 2001 when his ode to Jersey driving, “You Can’t Get There from Here in Jersey” got airplay on NPR’s Car Talk program. The single also made it to the show’s “Best Of” CD. Recently, a new re-recording of the song became a music video and the lead track to a new compilation, “It’s a Jersey Thing.”
As Jason’s home studio skills improved during the pandemic of 2020, he’s found inspiration to record and release music more often. In 2022 the artist launched two albums “Salt and Sand: Rock Songs to Heal the Mind” and “It’s a Jersey Thing.” His upcoming album "Side Effects" marks his 3rd album release in a 12-month span.
Since 2013, Jason has led another musical project: as singer and co-founder of Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam, a rock band for kids and families – an act that has taken him up and down the East coast from Massachusetts to Virginia and to such venues as The Stone Pony in Asbury Park and the Coney Island Boardwalk.