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originally published: 06/21/2022

Montclair singer-songwriter Jason Dider is about to release a compilation of his most quintessentially Jersey music from over 25 years of his writing and performing. It’s a Jersey thing will include his Jersey rock songs for adults and children.

The lead track is a recently re-recorded “You Can’t Get There from Here in Jersey”. In 2001, the song debuted on National Public Radio’s Car Talk (Jason wrote the song specifically for that show). “I felt compelled to use the improved home recording technology that is available and my growing multi-instrumental skills to realize the song to its full potential, so that it would meet modern streaming standards,” explained Jason.

The song has an official video, a collaboration with his father Bob, who provided motion-stabilized pavement footage used to illustrate the comedic reproaches in the lyrics about New Jersey jug handles, traffic, freeway exits difficult to reach and remote and Suite.

It’s a Jersey thing will also highlight Jason’s career creating Jersey rock songs for kids and their adults. “Jersey Dinosaurs” and “Summertime Santa” serve up an E Street-esque twist on the Jersey Shore sound while portraying the “Jersey attitude” of Hadrosaurus, a dinosaur first discovered near Exit 4 of the Jersey Shore. toll road in Haddonfield. In “Summertime Santa”, we find the legendary gift giver spending his summers – where else? – but down the hill, they serve ice cream on the promenade!

The album returns to capture a 1996 studio recording of “Cubicle” – Jason’s comedic ode to entry-level white-collar work written shortly after graduating college in a Jersey side recession. “Jackals on the Prowl” is Jason’s sports anthem for the New Jersey Jackals – first recorded to help the charity Parents Who Rock organize a food drive at a Jackals baseball game.

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“Salt and Sand,” one of Jason’s most serious and anthemic offerings, the title track from his previous album, appears in the new collection, thanks to its Jersey Shore and highway imagery and use of sound. of Jersey Shore.

Also included are Jason’s acoustic cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road” and a live acoustic recording of “You Can’t Get There from Here in Jersey” which really highlights the crowd’s reaction to the humor of the song.

It’s a Jersey thing will be released Friday, July 15 on all music streaming platforms and Bandcamp, where downloads of the album and a digital songbook can be purchased.

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