THREE EIGHTEEN

cafe & coffeehouse by day, live music listening room by night

MONDAY - THURSDAY 
8am to 9pm

FRIDAY - SATURDAY
8am to 10pm

SUNDAY
9am to 3pm

Jason Paulson w/Megonia

Jason Paulson is not your average country artist; he trades the glitz and gloss of current country radio for an honest storytelling, north and woods stomp that is every bit as powerful as it is meaningful. In a world with an attention span growing shorter and shorter Jason implores his fans to take a longer look at the world and people around them and at themselves, and the end result has been staggering.

After gaining a regional respect and fan base with his band Grayson throughout the 2000’s Jason found himself at a crossroads.  He had a decision to make, to continue to fake his way through the cloudy, college rock haze or to move on to the future.   When asked about the choice he says “it is a losing battle to fight fate” so the decision was clear and easy, although probably not the popular one at the time.  It seems he is not usually a fan of the popular choice but believes that making the right one will always be worth it.  Again when asked about it he vaguely responded, simply saying, “The truth will set you free, man” and clearly it has.  In a year after starting on his own with his new band he has already eclipsed any success Grayson earned in their 10 year career.

His first album “American Dream” recorded under the name” Jason Paulson and Friends” was the first step.  While still playing with Grayson, Jason asked a group of friends to help him record some songs.  While relying on the a group of friends to help produce the sound and pulling inspiration from the family that taught him his trade, Jason once again did not make the popular choice.  Moving away from the pop sound that gave him success he simply put on the album what he wanted, with no thought of the repercussions or if he would even release it.  Believing that his songs comprised of working men and women, life, love, hope and being hopeless were worth the effort, he finally released it in 2012.  “American Dream” charted on the independent radio charts with “Lonesome Song”.  Numerous positive reviews and a few awards later he was reaffirmed that he made the right decision.