Off the road from an extensive touring career as lead guitarist and vocalist for Leon Russell, Jason 'J. Curly' Speegle has just released his first album, The J. Curly Band, which has already hit the national Roots Rock chart, breaking the top 50. The project was recorded in Alabama and Nashville with some of the finest seasoned players from the Southland. Born and raised in north Alabama, the earlier Muscle Shoals players influenced and shaped J. Curly's unique sound and style. As a young teenager, just listening to Aretha Franklin's The Weight set the impassioned J. Curly on a path to becoming the commanding slide guitarist he is today. 'Speegle is one of the most entertaining, energetic, soulful musicians around and brings the electric touch...Speegle played a solo blues number on slide guitar as well as any 'Delta Blues Man' could.' -Leon Russell concert review, Vail Daily 'One of the best Southern Rock Bands in the USA...J. Curly Speegle performing the lead vocal and laying down some ingeniously cool guitar licks takes this recording to the level of extraordinary...Without a doubt this is truly one of the most triumphant CD's we have ever heard here at Roots Music Report. Southern Rock, Blues, and Roots Rock at it's best.' Five Stars - Roots Music Report As the J. Curly Band's debut album proves, his music spans the genres of southern rock, roots rock, blues, R & B, and Americana. 'Years of exposure on the road will do it to you,' he says. Songs like 'The River' illustrate J. Curly's desire to keep coming home to Alabama, where his musical roots began.