18 Dec, 2014

Holiday Music Videos


Here’s a photo of me and my friend, Josh Myers. If you’re looking for some great guitar playing, this guy is scary good.

I had such a great time jamming with him recently at the Word of Life Church Annual Christmas Concert “Amidst the Winter Snow”.

I was probably the weak link in a show filled with Spirit, incredible arrangements, top-notch sound and lighting and amazing musicianship.

Check out a few selections here…

New Noel

Little Town of Bethlehem (Hot Club Style)

Ukrainian Bell Carol – Rock Guitar Christmas

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16 Dec, 2014

Skype Lessons

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I’ve had some requests for Skype lessons from advancing guitarists out of our immediate locale. I’ve made some limited time for just 5 of these tutorials during the weeks between January 5 – 19, 2015.

Gift certificates are available for anyone wishing to add some value to the music students in their life.

Lessons include…

• 1 Hour Online Lesson with me via Skype.
• Free Email Consultation, Scheduling and Follow-up.
• Free Materials Included (enough to keep you busy for months)

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Please feel free to send me a note directly at jason@jasonriley.com for questions or additional information.

Thank you and look forward to working with you or your music student.

Happy Holidays!


5 Dec, 2014

Amidst the Winter Snow

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Word of Life Church’s Annual Christmas show is a major event. I feel so lucky to have been invited to play in the show and with the incredible musicians there.

Great charts of holiday favorites arranged by the talented and multi-faceted, Eric Stark. (Eric arranged the horn parts and played trumpet for “Moon Colored Jade” by MtM to great fanfare.)

We’ll have a jazz combo section featuring some of the finest musicians in our area (or any other) including bassist Bob Bowman, drummer Mike Shanks and Eric on horn.

The full band will deliver familiar songs and a rocking finale that would be Trans-siberian Orchestra approved!

Hope you can make it. Sunday, Dec. 7 at 7pm. Word of Life Church, 3902 N Riverside Rd, St Joseph, MO 64505
(816) 233-6367

Here’s a video of me with Eric’s jazz combo at last year’s holiday pops concert with the St. Joseph Symphony… Sweet Little Jesus Boy

2 Dec, 2014

48-Hour Holiday Package Sale

Limited Number for a limited time! I’ve been authorized to make only 15 JR Holiday CD Packages available until Friday (or while they last) for just 20 bucks

Get 3 of our most popular recent titles to share. You can split them up, keep them for yourself or gift the whole package.


Live Voodoo and Live Voodoo Too – Soca Jukebox
Moon Colored Jade – Maria The Mexican
Funky Folk – Jason Riley

Just $20 and a little shipping for the next 48 Hours.

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We make our music independently and it’s made for sharing. Thank you for supporting our work and for giving the gift of independent music!

1 Dec, 2014

‘Tis the Season

Screen shot 2014-12-01 at 12.09.54 PMNow that Thanksgiving is behind us (I hope you had a great one!), we’re full steam ahead the next couple of weeks with very special holiday events.

Really looking forward to working with some of our top clients, friends and fans this week.

Lots of private events but a few really great “open” concerts and parties so we can get together too.

Stay tuned for some invitations and we’ll have some other things to share with you this holiday season.

Until then…

Stay Jolly!

25 Nov, 2014

Limited Edition Soca Jukebox “Pokey” Mug

We’re going to order 5 “Soca JukeMugs” in the next couple of days. Who Wants One?!?!

“Pokey” will help keep your hot beverage HOT, make that afternoon rum punch look “legit” or just boost your pencil sales!

15 Bucks plus shipping!

Limited # for a limited time so ORDER you Soca JukeMug NOW!!!

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# of Mugs

3 Nov, 2014

Student Guitar Recital

IMG_1332When I’m not rocking, I love teaching! I’ve been lucky to have some great students over the years out of my private studio, from Benedictine College and from MWSU.

We’ve got some great ones now! We’re having our fall guitar recital at Missouri Western State University this Thursday, Nov. 6. Potter Fine arts bldg. room 112 at 630. 1st grade to graduating guitar majors and the MWSU guitar ensemble will all perform. Maybe, we’ll even jam at the end.

For more info on my teaching visit…


See you there!

30 Oct, 2014

Trick or Treat

IMG_6154Happy Halloween! When I was a kid, this was just my favorite. My mom made most of my really amazing homemade costumes. I don’t get too dolled up these days but she still helps with our kids. This year we’ve got a Zombie and a female Dr. Who!JR_penguinpose2_Sm

I’ll be at Magoon’s “Haunted Saloon” tonight, pre-holiday. Friday night we’ll get our treats on! Saturday is Dia de los Muertos and I’m very lucky to be playing with Maria the Mexican for an Arts KC Live! event at the power and light.

Here’s some more details for that show…

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ArtsKC is excited to announce a new partnership with the Kansas City Power & Light District to highlight the talent and creativity of ArtsKC Fund grant recipients and raise awareness and funds for the ArtsKC Fund. ArtsKC LIVE! is a performance showcase and family festival that will feature ArtsKC Fund grant recipient performances and interactive art projects on the KC LIVE! Stage and on Walnut and 14th Streets in the Kansas City Power & Light District.

Event Details:
Saturday, November 1, 2014 | Noon-6pm
KC LIVE! Stage in the Kansas City Power & Light District

Performances Featured on the KC Live Stage from:
StoneLion Puppet Theatre
Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, Brillante
Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, AileyCamp the Group
Kansas City Boys’ Choir & Kansas City Girls’ Choir
Victor & Penny
5 Star Jazz Band
Gustavo Adolfo Aybar
Right Between the Ears
Kansas City Ballet Second Company
Maria the Mexican – 3:45
Mighty Mo Combo
Carswell & Hope
(Final performance order may vary from this listing)

17 Oct, 2014



One of my favorite things is getting to play in the pit orchestras for musicals. I’ve been lucky to be able to do a few really great ones over the years and it’s always a lot of fun working on the shows with the casts.

It’s been a little while since I’ve been able to do one. I have to turn a lot of them down due to other calendar conflicts, etc. Bummer for me.

When I got the chance to play in the local production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot”, well I just cleared everything to do it.

Great comedy and fun music and Monty Python is one of my favorites! This thing has calls for 5 different guitars, a banjo, a ukelele and I even tuned a 15 course renaissance tenor lute (I’m not playing that!) I wanted to include a photo of my “rig” in the pit, but hey… it’s dark down there.

I can’t wait!

If you’re around the big city, come see this show!

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls? Experience one of the greatest Tony Award winning, Broadway musicals of the modern age!

October 24-25, 2014 7:30PM
October 26, 2014 2:00PM

Historic Missouri Theatre
717 Edmond Street
St. Joseph, MO 64501

Mainstage Series · Reserved Seating

Tickets are still available for purchase by going online to: http://www.rrtstjoe.org or http://www.jomotickets.com
You can also purchase them by calling 816-232-1778, stop by the RRT Business Office, or purchase them from the Missouri Theatre Box Office starting 45 minutes prior to show.

16 Oct, 2014

Pig Farmer on Top 40 International Country Music Chart


Our friends with Pig Farmer get tons of airplay overseas for lover’s of American country music. The band’s music is regularly featured on Country, Rockabilly and Americana radio programs around the world.

Jimmy just sent me a note that included Pig Farmer’s tune “Tormented by You” had reached #9 on the International Mainstream Country Music Chart in September. The band is #82 on the top 200 artists list too! Right behind Vince Gill and Emmylou.


1. T Jae Christian – The Song Wrote Itself
2. Jeff Chase & HermannL Meyer – Toolin on my Harley
3. Clelia Adams – Honky Tonk Moon
4. Randy Hood – Song for daddy
5. Buddy Eugene – Hankin’It Up
6. Flint Westrock – That’s All
7. Dean Wilt – A Little Pink Ribbon
8. Pig Farmers – Tormented By You
9. Rayburn Anthony – Blue Yodel
10. Cary Rutledge – You Loved Me With Your All
I’ve been lucky to play on the last few Pig records and need to get back out to the farm to finish some tracks for the next one.

Way to go, boys! Soooeeee!


71. The Louvin Brothers
72. Brad Paisley
73. Billy Currington
74. The EverlyBrothers
75. Mary Sarah
76. Steve Adkins
77. Buddy Eugene
78. Bernie Early
79. Cary Rutledge
80. Vince Gill
81. Emmylou Harris
82. Pig Farmers
83. Johnny Bush
84. Joy Adams
85. Kathy Mattea
86. Jim Lauderdale
87. Roger Knott
88. Elvis Presley