Aaron Lee Tasjan: Hill Country Live 2024

Aaron Lee Tasjan (photo by Gus Philippas for FUV)
by Kara Manning | 06/13/2024 | 12:00am

Aaron Lee Tasjan (photo by Gus Philippas for FUV)

The plaintive growl of Aaron Lee Tasjan burrows into the corners of his often dark, acerbic lyrics. The subjects tackled aren't easy ones — never more apparent than the disastrous high of his single "The Drugs Did Me," a standout of this Nashville-based singer and songwriter's recent FUV Live set at Manhattan's Hill Country Live.

Tasjan's latest album, Stellar Evolution, is an unflinching testament to not only what he's encountered as a queer person in the South, facing homophobia and hateful legislative bigotry, but the vitriol and threats that the LGBTQ+ community, from drag queens/kings to trans youth, face daily in this country and beyond.

A gifted guitarist (he moonlights with the New York Dolls on tour too) and producer, Tasjan co-founded Semi Precious Weapons and he was nominated for a Grammy in 2021 for co-writing Yola's "Diamond Studded Shoes." Most recently, Tasjan produced Mya Byrne's 2024 release, Rhinestone Tomboy.

Tasjan was joined by his bandmates — Jeff Ratner (bass), Erica Blinn (guitars, keys and vocals), and "Ramblin'" Rob Heath (drums) for this nine-song set for Marquee Members. The concert included a new, unreleased song called "The Real," plus a generous selection from Stellar Evolution, including two available on video: "The Drugs Did Me" and  "Dylan Shades."

[Recorded: 4/15/24; Engineered by Jim O'Hara; produced by Meghan Offtermatt; hosted by Benham Jones; videographers; Caitria Demeroto, Anna Fahy, Therese Burgo and Adithi Vimalanathan.]

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