Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons owes their geographical roots to the Atlantic seaboard, but its sonic heritage connects the band firmly to The Black Crowes, the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Marshall Tucker Band. Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons are a talented bunch, but they’re also a working-class group, determined to keep a firm hold on the everyday-American spirit at the heart of their music. “If you want to go get a thousand new fans, go shake a thousand hands,” founder and lead singer Jason Morton said. “The people that are still here with us today are the people that we developed long-term relationships with, and they come to the shows because they know that not only are they gonna see a kickass show, but we’re gonna hang out with them after."
Like plenty of bands that started local, Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons took a rich, long ride to get from its humble origins to its on-the-verge national status. Morton hails from Kent Island, the largest island in the Chesapeake Bay. He spent a lot of time early on immersed in the music scene of the nearby city of Annapolis, a coastal town with a military foundation that attracts enlistees from all 50 states. As a destination for all kinds of backgrounds, the bay area is awash in multiple sounds, stretching from hard rock to reggae to rap, and Morton absorbed all of it
The songs on Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons work in any part of the rock era, though the band isn’t worried about how many generations its sound might actually survive. Instead, they’re living in the here and now, making a racket and relentlessly kicking it on the road, connecting with a growing fan base and taking a blue-collar approach to a line of work they consider more a lifestyle than a job. “I guarantee Lynyrd Skynyrd or the Allman Brothers didn’t think about making music that would be so timeless that people would be listening to it 50 years later,” Morton said. “In the moment, it’s about creating good songs and playing rock and roll.”