Jason Roberts (guitarist)

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Jason Roberts
Born Opelika, Alabama, U.S.
Genres Rock, folk rock, indie rock, country rock, psychedelic folk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar, piano, organ, tambourine, vocals
Years active 1997–present
Labels Blackland
Associated acts Hymns, Norah Jones, Ben Kweller, The Pierces, The Candles, Tracy Bonham, The Redwalls, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Daniel Johnston, Alberta Cross

Jason Abraham Roberts is an American guitarist, pianist and vocalist best known for his collaborations with Norah Jones,[1][2][3][4] Hymns,[5] Ben Kweller,[6] and The Candles.[7]

Early life[edit]

Roberts attended Appalachian State University with Hymns co-founder, Brian Harding.

Musical career[edit]

2004–07: Ben Kweller[edit]

Roberts met Ben Kweller at The Living Room shortly after relocating to New York City. Kweller was about to embark on the On My Way world tour and was searching for a new guitarist. Roberts quickly filled this role and played guitar and piano on the tour.[6]

2005–10: HYMNS[edit]

In the fall of 2006, Roberts formed Hymns with Brian Harding, Matt Shaw, and Tony Kent, and released the album Brother/Sister. This release was critically acclaimed by Spin Magazine[5] and MTV News.[8] Following the release, the band toured with Ben Kweller, The Lemonheads, Butch Walker and Daniel Johnston and released the albums Travel in Herds (2008) and Appaloosa (2009).

2010–present: The Candles[edit]

Roberts is a member of The Candles.[9] The band has toured several times with The Lemonheads, acted as Evan Dando's backing band, and opened for Norah Jones on her Little Broken Hearts Tour.

2012–present: Norah Jones[edit]

Roberts is currently touring with Norah Jones,[10][11] in support of her 2012 release Little Broken Hearts. He is her lead guitarist and also contributes back-up vocals. In 2013, along with his bandmates from The Candles, Roberts joined Alberta Cross' live band.

2016–present: Norah Jones[edit]

Roberts is currently touring with Norah Jones on her world tour for her new album, Day Breaks.

Other notable appearances[edit]

In August 2012, Roberts played alongside of Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, and Mike Gordon at Jerry Garcia's 70th birthday party.[1] The Move Me Brightly event was held at TRI Studios.[12]

In January 2013, Roberts played with Jon Fishman (Phish) at the 'Long May You Run' Benefit Concert in Washington DC.[13]



  1. ^ a b Soja, Jamie (August 11, 2012). "Jerry Garcia Is Still Making the Fans Move". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "New DigiTech Whammy Pedal Is Pivotal for Guitarist Jason Roberts on Norah Jones' Little Broken Hearts Tour". Digitech.com. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Players | Norah Jones ...Little Broken Hearts". .norahjones.com. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ Ferreiro, Laura (March 19, 2012). "Norah Jones". Variety. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Damato, Anthony (February 29, 2008). "Hymns | SPIN | Profiles | Spotlight". SPIN. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "About". benkweller.com. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ VanDervoort, oliver (March 17, 2010). "The Candles Interview: SXSW 2010". Spinner. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ You R Here: MTV News Live Music Coverage » Hymns Deliver Southern-Fried Preview Of Upcoming LP Archived February 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Info". Thecandlesmusic.com. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Jason Roberts". Brooklynvegan.com. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ Snider, Mike (March 18, 2012). "SXSW 2012: Norah Jones debuts 'Little Broken Hearts' | Metromix New York". Newyork.metromix.com. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ Eisen, Benjy (August 4, 2012). "'Move Me Brightly' Celebrates Jerry Garcia's 70th With All Star Tribute". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ Miller, Joshua (January 27, 2013). "'Long May You Run' Benefit Concert Features All Star Line-Up". Hidden Track. Retrieved January 28, 2013.