Jason Karaban

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Jason Karaban
Birth nameJason Karaban
BornNorristown, Pennsylvania
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, now Los Angeles
GenresAlternative rock, Alternative country, Pop, Americana
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, Musician
Years active1997–present
LabelsMaverick Records, Ascend Records

Jason Karaban is an American singer-songwriter and musician living in Los Angeles, California. Karaban first began his career fronting the Philadelphia-based indie rock band Dragstrip Courage in 1997, and Grand in 2000.[1][2] He emerged as a solo artist with the release of Doomed to Make Choices, in 2006, co-produced with Mike Napolitano (Joseph Arthur, The Twilight Singers).[3] Along with vocals, Karaban plays acoustic guitar, 12-string and electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, piano and drums. Karaban has released four critically acclaimed albums, and has had a number of songs featured in film and television shows[4][5][6][7] Over the course of his career, Karaban has collaborated with many notable musicians including Ani DiFranco, Lucy Schwartz, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), Garrison Starr, Taylor Momsen, Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) and Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers).[8][9]

Critical response[edit]

Karaban at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles with Lucy Schwartz, and members of Elvis Costello's band The Imposters and Counting Crows

Tracks from the 2006 album Doomed to Make Choices were licensed extensively by film and television, including placement in the romantic comedy Novel Romance the thriller Lure, and used in television shows from FX Networks, the Oxygen Channel, VH-1, MTV, NBC and ABC. His album's have also received regular airplay from WXPN in Philadelphia, WFMU in Jersey City and KCRW in Los Angeles.[10]

Karaban's Mayfly album was named as one of alt-country magazine No Depression's "Top 10 Albums of 2009".[11] The album employs images of fallen soldiers in civil war battles to invoke subtle political messages relevant to current events.[12]

Glide Magazine lists Karaban's recent single, Succeed 101, in its Stranger's Almanac: Best of 2009.[13]

AOL's "Spinner" featured Jason Karaban's song "Succeed 101" as their MP3 Download of the Day.

Karaban was featured as The Deli Magazine's Los Angeles Artist Of The Month (Published on Thu, 2 Apr 2009).




  • Mayfly – EP released April 7, 2009 (Ascend Records). EP includes: Sullivan Ballou, No Casualties, A Far Better Place. Mayfly is a Civil war concept album and includes contributions from Neil Larsen (Leonard Cohen) and Lucy Schwartz.[7][15]


  • Succeed 101 – released November 17, 2009 (New Model Music). Succeed 101 is a preview of Karaban's EP Just Enough, Just in Case, and includes contributions from Lucy Schwartz and Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello).[16]
  • "You're Already Home" – released February 8, 2011 (New Model Music).

Appears On[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • Sullivan Ballou, released April 7, 2009 (Ascend Records).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Group Launches New CD in Grand Style". The Wilkes Barre Times Leader, July 27, 2001. 2001-07-27. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  2. ^ "Guys of Grand just want a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t". The Philadelphia Daily News, January 3, 2002. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  3. ^ "My Morning Download 12/7/09 – Jason Karaban". WXPN. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  4. ^ "Concert Picks: We Are Country Mice, Jason Karaban, Holy Rolling Empire . ." Beat Crave. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  5. ^ "Profile of Jason Karaban". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  6. ^ "Jason Karaban Discography". CD Universe. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  7. ^ a b c "Killer Songwriting – Los Angeles via Philadelphia Songwriter Jason Karaban Kills With His Newest Release". ASCAP Radar Report. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  8. ^ "My Morning Download 12/7/09 – Jason Karaban". All About Music, WXPN. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  9. ^ "Music Review: Jason Karaban". Blog Critics: Music. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  10. ^ a b c "Philly Local Pick of the Day 9/1/06: Jason Karaban". WXPN. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  11. ^ "Favorite Albums of 2009". No Depression. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  12. ^ "Volume 28: Jason Karaban". Glide Magazine. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  13. ^ "Strangers Almanac: Best of 2009 – All That and Then Some". Glide Magazine. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  14. ^ "David Immerglück Discography". GimmyImmy.com. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  15. ^ "All too brief EP of haunted despair and melancholy". Hyperbolium, A Critical Element. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  16. ^ "LA-Based Jason Karaban Releases New Single "Succeed 101", Out Now on iTumes". Alt Sounds. Retrieved 2010-09-20.

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