After years of life on the move in the USA and abroad, Pennsylvania native Jason Lee Haines finally settled down long enough to allow his musical ideas a chance to catch up with him in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria. Songs began to be written on acoustic & resonator guitars, mandolin, banjo and ukulele.
This modest collection of folk instruments shared a common theme of wood among their construction: Maple & Mahogany. The sound waves you hear in Jason's songs are those organic materials coming to life soncially, so to speak. His songwriting project was therefore coined after these two beloved trees / tonewoods.
In spring 2014, Jason joined forces with double bassist and vocalist Maria Leubolt for live performances, studio recordings & general musical love making. Since then they've become a seasoned live act, performing Jason's many original songs despite not having any studio releases under their belt.
The Maple & Mahogany EP was released in autumn of 2017 along with a special Maple & Mahogany beer that Jason brewed at Beaver Brewing Company. This hoppy brown ale was aged on maple & mahogany wood from guitars built by luthier Reinhard Blumberger.
Reports are still unclear as to whether the beer tasted better while listening to the music, or whether the music sounded better while drinking the beer. Several musicians have confirmed enhanced musical abilities after drinking just one pint, but only on folk instruments built from maple and mahogany woods. Unfortunately, one guy with a guitar made of rosewood & spruce drank a pint and immediately forgot all the chords he knew, dropped his pick in the soundhole, and quit playing guitar all together. His fiancé has since left him for Maria & her double bass.
The duo is back in the studio, recording a full length album and working on a new video series called "Two Trees".
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