Jason Eady

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From its very beginnings, country music has scarcely lacked for songs about Jesus — you could fill several box sets with them and barely scratch the surface. But thanks to rising Texan alt-country songsmith Jason Eady's "Barabbas," the shadowy figure whose presence is crucial to Christ's tale is getting a rare shot at the spotlight.

According to the Gospels, Barabbas was imprisoned alongside Jesus, and when Pontius Pilate offered the gathered masses the choice of a prisoner to pardon, they pointedly picked Barabbas over Jesus, dooming the latter to crucifixion. But as Eady points out, "Nothing is ever heard about Barabbas again after that, so we thought it would be interesting to write a story from what might have been his point of view."

In a meditative murmur framed by a sparse, unhurried, acoustic-based arrangement, Eady, who cowrote the song with Larry Hooper, Adam Hood and Josh Grider, inhabits the title role. He delivers a first-person narrative that begins with the details of the well-known biblical account and moves on from there to ponder the meaning of what has happened to Barabbas as he seeks the next piece of his destiny.

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released April 21, 2017

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Jason Eady Jackson, Mississippi

American country music singer and guitarist. He is regarded as an important figure in the subgenre of Texas country music, a form of "classic country" bent upon returning the music to its historic singer-songwriter roots.

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