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Nashville musician Jason Kabler gets back to his Greencastle roots

February 10, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Nashville, Tenn.-based musician Jason Kabler performs Sunday at the American Legion in Greencastle, Pa., his hometown.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Jason Kabler brought a guitar with him for his homecoming to Greencastle this weekend.

The Nashville, Tenn.-based musician performed five shows in this region, including one at the American Legion in his hometown Sunday. There, the 38-year-old displayed his sound, which has evolved from rock to country to its current genre — whatever that is.

Kabler laughed as he explained how an announcer recently described him as a pop/rock artist.

“I said, ‘I guess I’m no longer country,’” Kabler said. “I don’t know what I am.”

Kabler, a 1992 Greencastle-Antrim High School graduate, developed his interest in music through rock groups like Poison and Guns N’ Roses. Puberty came along and made it difficult for him to reach the high notes, so his mother introduced him to country music.

Kabler obtained a record deal in 1999 and moved to Nashville. Now, he’s preparing to release his eighth album, which he said will remind listeners of Jason Mraz’s work.

In 2011, Kabler was hospitalized and diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Afterward, he started raising money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and he did a benefit concert Saturday at Unique Bar & Grill in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

“It was almost like a family there,” he said, describing men agreeing to shave their beards and heads for donations.

More than $2,000 was raised, Kabler said.

Kabler spends time with his father, Bob, when in Greencastle. He plans to return in August and possibly record a live album when he’s in the area.

On Sunday afternoon, Kabler performed “I Just Want to Love You” from his new album and told the crowd how he was honored to sing it at a recent wedding. Another song, “Sarasota Cinderella,” is more of a love song to which guys can relate, he said.

Kabler’s 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son have made appearances on his CDs. While they might not share his love of music right now, Kabler said the art is something he couldn’t live without.

“I would be lost without it,” he said. “It’s my outlet.”

For more information about Kabler’s music, go to http://www.jasonkabler.com.

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