Jason Moore, bassist for bluegrass band Sideline, died on Sunday at 48. Moore also was part of Mountain Heart and the James King Band before becoming a Sideline member.
He was a masterful, influential musician whose talent contributed immeasurably not only to Sideline's music, but to Mountain Heart's during his long tenure there, with the James King Band before that, and to a broad range of foundational bluegrass recordings made over the past quarter century. Jason was also a man of whom it can truly be said that he was a friend to all in bluegrass, whether a long-time veteran or an aspiring newcomer. He will be deeply missed.
Jason is a long time veteran of the Bluegrass and Americana scene. He first started working in bluegrass with the legendary James King in 1993 and was there through 1999. While there he was on the award winning "Bed By The Window" project and several other King projects. Also during this time he was asked to be on two Michael Cleveland projects along with Mountain Heart.
Jason was with the group until July of 2014. While in the group, they went from top notch Bluegrass band to Americana band, all the while, recording six band projects and numerous other projects as a session player. Jason was asked to help on such projects as "A Tribute to the King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin", Tim Staffords "Endless Line" and several others. As a result of the work he has done in different bands and projects, Jason has been on three Grammy Nominated projects and been nominated for "Bass Player of the Year" at the International Bluegrass Music Awards four times to go with winning "Recorded Event of the Year" twice and "Gospel Event of the Year".
Jason's latest ventures include starting the Bluegrass band "Sideline" and working with other nationally touring Bluegrass bands as well as studio session work and production. To date, Jason has been on close to 100 different projects and has produced two others with more in planning.
Jason is survived by his wife, Mollie, and their children and grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife, Mollie, and their family, to his friends and colleagues in Sideline, and to the entire community devastated by his loss.