1. Backroad Radio

From the recording Storyteller

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Jason Matthews/Ben Hayslip

Some nights driving home
I’ll hear that ancient song
The one we called our own
And sang along with
And that memory won’t let go
Til I’m on that gravel road
Flying by them cotton rows
And feeling that first kiss

Backroad radio
Take me back to long ago
When she was mine and we felt the words
Coming through those speakers in that old Firebird
Midnight river, seventeen
Taking chances, making steam
To a backroad radio

There she is beside me with her golden skin
The bluest of eyes, my high school ring on her hand
I told her I’d always love her like a young boy does
Now I know just how right I was


repeat chorus


Jason Matthews was born in Harrell's Store, North Carolina. At fifteen he saw Eric Clapton on television and became obsessed with writing songs. 

His first industry fan, WRFX DJ Macon in Charlotte, gave Matthews' demo to legendary musical comedy team Pinkard and Bowden, who subsequently invited Matthews to be their roadie and in-house writer. After a year on the road, he settled in Nashville to pursue his dream of becoming a hit songwriter. 

In 2006, he landed his first Number One with Billy Currington's version of his song, “Must Be Doin' Something Right.” This earned him the coveted Music Row Magazine Breakthrough Writer Of The Year award and several ASCAP awards. 

In 2008, Jason released the critically acclaimed album called "Hicotine" and the single "That's What Mamas Do". 

Jason is an artist with Valhalla Music Group.