Jordan Rager says his dad is a huge Country music fan – "Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, John Michael Montgomery, Tracy Lawrence. All the guys from that ‘90s era have always been big influences for me as well.” Jordan picked up the guitar at 15, aided by a deal with his father. “If he saw me with the guitar in my hands every day when he came home from work, I didn’t have to do any chores that summer. I was like, ‘Deal!’ Of course, I had no idea how hard it would be to learn. I’m completely self-taught. Watched a few YouTube videos and from there it was simply trial and error. I started writing songs about the same time and they were god-awful.” Jordan’s first gig was a county fair where he played four of his favorite covers for a crowd of 50. “When I got offstage I walked up to my mom and said, ‘That was fun. I want to do that forever.'” In high school he played clubs where his mom would walk him in, sit in the front row and walk him out. While playing county fairs, he met Jason Aldean's father Barry who booked shows, set up meetings and got songwriting appointments when Jordan was about 17 or 18. That was his first connection to Nashville. In 2013, after years of playing the club scene, frat parties and college bars – while also traveling to Nashville for a week each month to write – Jordan received a call from Jeremy Stover, producer for Justin Moore and Craig Campbell, among others. The #1 charting producer was looking for an acoustic opener for Justin Moore’s Off the Beaten Path Tour and thought Jordan was the perfect fit. So he's toured with Justin Moore, Randy Houser and has signed with Broken Bow records same label as Jason Aldean who he has become friends with. Check out the single "Southern Boy" with Jason Aldean. Here's what Jason Aldean has to say about fellow Georgia native Jordan Rager. "I like what Jordan is doing so much. It looks like I'll have a couple of songs he wrote on my new album...not to mention I'm cutting a song with him for his debut record. I really think everyone's going to love this kid."
Randy Houser says of his experience working with Jordan, "I was really impressed with Jordan, he was up there like a seasoned vet without a band. He handled 5,000 people like he was riding a bicycle."
Justin Moore had this to say about Jordan Rager: " I wish I had as much talent in my entire body as he has in his pinky. Whatever "IT" is...he's got it."
Great endorsements from 3 big country aritst. Get ready for Jordan Rager. He's gonna rock our socks off at JUGFEST on June 4th at the Groppetti Automotive Festival Grounds at the International Agri Center in Tulare. Get details at jugfest.com