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Wildfire

by Jon Zager

Produced by Justin Mantooth and Jon Zager

Recorded and Mixed by Justin Mantooth at Westend Studios

Mastered by Mike Nolte, Eureka Mastering

All Songs written by Jon Zager, All Rights reserved BMI ©2018

Instrumentation Credits:

Vocals, Rhythm and Lead Guitar - Jon Zager

Bass and Guitar - Justin Mantooth

Lead and Slide Guitar - Lucas Bingham

Drums - Adam Mckee

Design Credits:

Photography - Aaron Lindberg

Hand Lettering - Meagan Wetschensky

Lettering Consultant - Cory Say

Cover Design - John Ruzick 

ARTIST Bio

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Jon Zager’s special ear for music, and his desire to place his personal twist on it developed as a young child growing up in Kansas City. Born in 1978, he was exposed to his parents Blues and Classic Rock, his brother’s Metal and 80’s hair bands. Jon received his first guitar on his ninth birthday. By the age of ten he could play guitar by ear, mimicking TV jingles and guitar riffs from his parents stereo sounds. It did not take long for him to start composing his own unique sounds. Professional lessons and countless hours grew his skills and passion for song writing. During his high school years, sports and teenage pursuits competed for his time and attention until he met a passionate music teacher. She challenged Jon to develop his vocal skills, and the result was the highest awarded vocal ranking at state competitions and a junior college scholarship.

Taking his skills as a practicing musician to a new level, Jon started playing live performances while a student at the University of Kansas. Throughout his twenties, Jon made a living as a professional musician playing solo and duo acoustic performances at music venues, bars, and restaurants in greater Kansas City and in the college towns of Lawrence, Kansas and Columbia, Missouri. In addition to making ends meet as an solo act, Jon joined the alternative rock band Flak. Although the band was short lived, Flak won a local battle of the bands competition. One of the prizes consisted of recording sessions at an established studio in KC, Chapman Studios. It was there that Jon was introduced to Westend Studio Sound Engineer, Justin Mantooth.

While he had started writing songs since childhood, he got more serious about composing in his early twenties. Years of creative experience have given Jon a unique sound, a fusion of alternative, southern rock, and blues. Fans of such eclectic artists as Eric Clapton, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam, The Allman Brothers, and Tom Petty will hear their subtle influences on Jon's music.

Songs on Jon's latest album range from recently written to remixes of songs he performed live over ten years ago as a solo act. The musical themes comprise a bit storytelling, with an overall positive message of not giving up and enjoying life. The album is truly Jon's coming into his own as an artist.

Jon lives and works in Kansas City with his wife and two lovely children.

 
 

1. Matthew (3:58)

Jon Zager – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

Adam McKee – Percussion

Justin Mantooth – Bass

Lucas Bingham – Slide Guitar

 

Oh My Brother Oh this River Floats

Right Down My Neck and It Goes

Right to my Head and I stand back up

Right to my Head, heavy handed

 

And I know I should just go on home

But I think I need one more

 

Few Do

What's Next Matthew?

 

Oh My Sister Oh do you see

The box the Devil left me

It's got a big red ribbon on

But I can't get the thing back on

 

Few Do

What's Next Matthew?

Well Some People Say

 

Want to Feel it down to my soul

Want to feel this Rock N' Roll

Want to take it out on the Road

Grab your guitar and let's go

 

Few Do

What's Next Matthew?

Well some people say

 

2. When I Get Home (3:50)

Jon Zager – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

Adam McKee – Percussion

Justin Mantooth – Bass

Lucas Bingham – Slide Guitar

 

Waiting on my silver graffiti painted train, take me to the plane

Take me back, back from where I came

 

You know they say this life just ain't fair

And who the hell knows how long we'll even be here

 

Well I sincerely hope, I really hope

They, miserable they find someone to love, without love

 

You know this life well is sure ain't fair

And who the hell knows how long we'll even be here

 

So I'm going back to my town

Where my family can be found

Only so long you can roam

That's where my baby . . . call home

Good Ol' Home

 

You know they say this life just ain't fair

And who the hell knows how long we'll even be here

 

Well I've been thinking

I want to go down to the River

When I get Home

 

Well I've been thinking

I want to go dance in the Moonlight

When I get Home

 

When I get Home

When I get Home

 

3. Free to Freeze (4:23)

Jon Zager – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

Lucas Bingham – Electric Guitar

Adam McKee – Percussion

Justin Mantooth – Bass

 

On and On a Sure Fire Crows

I’m Pretty Sure No One Knows

Spinning In a Twilight Zone

The Lights Are On But No Ones Home

 

Out Of The Blue You Say

All That Needs to Be Said

I Guess I Never Knew

You

 

I Guess I’m On My Own

Free to Freeze

I Guess I’m On My Own

you just cant be pleased

 

Where Were You When I Needed Help

Lost and thinking About Yourself

I’m Guilty Just The Same

Planning For Another Day

 

Let's get It of our chest

You walk away Instead

I'm reaching for your heart

You won't let me start

 

I Guess I’m On My Own

Free to Freeze

I Guess I'm On My Own

Cause you just can't be pleased

I Guess I’m On My Own

Free to Freeze

 

Hands to your ears

La La La

Hands to your ears

La La La

 

I Guess I’m On My Own

Free to Freeze

I Guess I'm On My Own

Cause you just can't be pleased

I Guess I’m On My Own

Free to Freeze

 

Hands to your ears

La La La

4. Been A Long Time Comin'(3:00)

Jon Zager – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar

Adam McKee – Percussion

Justin Mantooth – Bass, Electric Guitar

 

Yesterday was a long road

Tomorrow, God only knows

Got to keep pushing, pushing on

Staying Strong

 

It's been a long time comin

It's been a long time comin

 

Making a dream

Not always what it seems

Everyday, it's Everyday

Choppin away

 

It's been a long time comin

It's been a long time comin

You live and you learn

You learn and the fire burns

So, when it's your turn

You show'em everything you've earned

It's been a long time comin

It's been a long time comin

 

Gotta Keep Pushing Through, Yes we do

Gotta Keep Pushing Through, Yes we do

Gotta Keep Pushing Through, Stay True

 

It's been a long time comin

It's been a long time comin

You live and you learn

You learn and the fire burns

So, when it's your turn

You show' em everything you've earned 

It's been a long time comin

It's been a long time comin

 

5. Don't Jump Stay Alive (3:03)

Jon Zager – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar

Adam McKee – Percussion

Justin Mantooth – Bass

 

Sky is White as Smoke

Clouds Almost Make You Choke

Thinking Bout What We've Seen

World is a War Machine

 

It makes no difference to me

Your Gender or Ethnicity

Go on march in the streets

Just please don't point your finger at me

 

When they grab you by the hand

And twirl you to Uncle Sam

To Conquer, You Divide

They want you to pick a side

Don't Jump Stay Alive

 

Whoa and Live Life

 

Well it was different for me

Not a 50's picture of family

Some wounds never heal

The Doctor gonna tell you how to feel

 

She'll Grab you By your hand

Prescribe you 100 mg

It's how you survive

Are you trying to decide?

Don't Jump Stay Alive

 

Whoa and Live Life

 

It sure is cold outside

Throw Down you Jacket and Hide

Under the Covers with me girl

Hide from this crazy world

 

Cause They'll Grab you By the Hand

Drag you Through the sand

How to survive?

Here's my advice

Don't Jump Stay Alive

 

Whoa it's your life

 

 

6. Joie De Vivre (4:16)

Jon Zager – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar

Adam McKee – Percussion

Justin Mantooth – Bass

 

On the corner of Orleans

Where the shadow of Jesus be

Prince was gone a crying shame

We in the street singing Purple Rain

 

What do you say?

Stop at Lafitte's for one of them hurricanes

Stroll down Bourbon Street

Let the rhythm move your feet

Dance with everyone we meet

Dance with everyone we meet

 

Hear them guitars down the way

Playing the songs of yesterday

Go on baby put that black dress on

We gonna go and have some fun

 

What do you say?

Stop for one more of them hurricanes?

Stepped into the 544

Had one more

Danced until the morning come

Dance until the morning come

 

Go on baby put your high heels on

We gonna stay out all night long

 

Joie De Vivre

Stopped for one more of them hurricanes

Stumbled down to the Famous Door

Had one more

Danced until the early morn

Danced until the early morn

 

7. The Morning After (2:22)

Jon Zager – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar

Adam McKee – Percussion

Justin Mantooth – Bass

 

Instrumental

 

8. Paralyzed (3:26)

Jon Zager – Vocals, Acoustic Rythym Guitar, Lead Guitar

Adam McKee – Percussion

Justin Mantooth – Bass, Guitar

 

Hair Like a Lion

Skin Like the Sun

I've been lovin you

Since we were

Since we were Young

 

I still remember

What you wore

The first time I saw you

It was It was Love

 

I forever became paralyzed

Paralyzed, lost in Your Eyes

 

Hair Like a Lion

Skin Like the Sun

I'll be loving you

Til I'm until I' m gone

 

I forever became paralyzed

Paralyzed, lost in Your Eyes

 

You're Intoxicating

Withdrawls I'm shaking

Anticipating

Ahhh Ahh Ahhh

 

Hair Like a Lion

Skin Like the Sun

I'll be loving you

Til I'm until I'm gone

 

I forever became paralyzed

Paralyzed, Lost in Your Eyes

Lost in Your Eyes

Lost in Those Eyes

Lost in Your Eyes

 

9. Silver Linings (2:54)

Jon Zager – Vocals, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar

Adam McKee – Percussion

Justin Mantooth – Bass

 

So you say your sick of this one horse town

Well then pick you feet up and put'em down

Don't wait til it's check out and leave

But you gotta believe to achieve

 

If you could somehow

Feel What's all around

You just might realize

There much more to this life

 

So no Regrets

Try Not to Lose Your Head

Oh it can be

A Silver Lining

 

So you say you just want to give up and quite

Don't give me that, I quit shit

I know you and who you are

And Baby you a Star

 

If you could somehow

Feel What's all around

You just might realize

It's a blessing in disguise

 

So no Regrets

Try Not to Lose Your Head

Oh it can be

A Silver Lining

 

10. Rain Dance (1:36)

Jon Zager – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

 

You just got to take it

Break those sticks with stones

Whatever you got to do

Down to your bones

 

You just got to break it

Break that ball and chain

Whatever you got to do

Make it Rain

 

Make it Rain

Make it Rain

 

Rain dance rain above

Dance with me my love

Rain dance rain from above

Dance with me my love

 

Dance with me my love

Dance with me my love

 

 

11. Harvest Moon (2:56)

Jon Zager – Vocals, Acoustic Rythym Guitar

Adam McKee – Percussion

Justin Mantooth – Bass

Lucas Bingham – Slide Guitar

 

Night soon will fall

But first I'd like to Thank You all

For stopping on by

It's lovely just to say hi

 

But when the sun dies

Don't say goodbye

We go whiskey by the fire

In the Harvest Moonlight

 

Soon It's gonna get cold

No more orange leaves will blow

So dance on in

This Kaw spirit we're livin' in

 

And When the sun dies

Don't say goodbye

Cause we got whiskey by the fire

On this harvest moon night

 

Ooooooooh

 

And When the sun dies

Don't say goodbye

Cause we got whiskey by the fire

On this harvest moon night

 

Cause we got whiskey by the fire

On this September night

 

12.Down by the Old Oak Tree (4:11)

Jon Zager – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar

Adam McKee – Percussion

Justin Mantooth – Bass

 

I'm on the run,

For something that I've done

Perception is reality

But, don't believe what they're saying on TV

 

They say I shot a man

Down in Louisian'

Oh Babe what they can't see

It was either him or it was me

 

Grab my 45 and the 870

Meet me down by the Old Oak Tree

It's a long way to Mexico

But that's where we gotta go

 

Oh Dear Wife

We had a real nice life

Things change in the blink of eye

Now I'm praying to God I see you one more time

 

Grab my 45 and the 870

Meet me down by the Old Oak Tree

It's a long way to Mexico

But that's where we gotta go

 

Grab my 45 and the 870

Meet me down by the Old Oak Tree

12 More Hours to Mexico

that's where outlaws go

 

Gonna take my badge

And the American Flag

Innocent, no you start guilty

The truth is what they want it to be

 

 

Grab my 45 and the 870

Meet me down by the Old Oak Tree

It's a long way to Mexico

But that's where we gotta go