Jason Crisp 2014

          Jason Allen Crisp was born June 23rd 1967 in Houston, Texas. He is the second son of O.L. “Johnny” and Margie Crisp. His father and brother, Stevie, both accomplished musicians in their own right, were Jason’s first musical influences. In fact, the family thought that Jason was going to be the third “guitar picker” in the family but that all changed around 1973 or 74 on a hot, humid, Texas evening at Proctor Park in Houston, Texas. This is where Jason’s musical journey took an unexpected turn. You see, there was a “fiddling” taking place at this city park. A lot of the greats were there….E.J. Hopkins, Bill Northcutt, and A.R. Westmoreland just to name a few. Johnny was there playing guitar for some of the fiddlers that attended. At age seven, Jason was just running around with all the other kids in attendance…not paying the music much attention. The local PBS station was there filming and the show was broadcast as“Fiddling Under a Texas Moon”.

     When Johnny and Jason returned home later that night, after taking a much needed bath, as little boys tend to get filthy, he was getting ready for bed and told his Mommy and Daddy that he wanted to “play the fiddle”. E.J. Hopkins referred Johnny to Bill Northcutt. Bill was enthusiastic about helping Jason get started.  Johnny would drive Jason to Fiddle and Bow music. This was Bill’s music store in East Houston. This place became a mecca of fiddling and bluegrass. Every Saturday, the store would be full of great musicians and Johnny would take Jason to watch and hear all these great folks. Johnny would also take Jason to A.R. Westmoreland’s house in Houston. He mainly listened and watched while they played.
       Jason graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1992. While
attending college, Jason, Anthony and Matt Hartz lived together in Oakhurst, TX. There’s not enough time
today to go into all that but I can assure you, it was a blast! After college, he began playing in local country
bands in the Texas area. He found that he could make money playing the fiddle and not have to get a “real
Job”. In the early 90’s Jason opened Fiddlin Around in New Waverly, TX. It was a place that he could
give lessons and sell strings and what not. Well, that didn’t quite pan out so it was time to start making a
living.
     Jason has been employed in the Automotive Sales business since 1997. For the past six years, he
has worked at Buckalew Chevrolet in Conroe, TX as an Automotive Finance Manager. He and his lovely
wife Missy have a wonderful family of three girls, Brittany, Mandy, and Jacy and reside in Montgomery, TX.
     Jason’s induction into the Hall of Fame alongside Johnny is very special to him. His induction also
would not be complete without acknowledging the following folks. His parents, Johnny and Margie for the
undying support, his wonderful wife Missy and their girls (Britt, Mandy, and Jacy), The Matures, The
Hopkins, The Williams, The Fryers, The Brothers Morris, The Franklins…all of em, The Solomons,
Bobby Christman, Rex Gillentine, Jim Reina and all of his “Fiddling Family”….there are just too many
people to mention that have helped and encouraged him along the way. And he would also like to thank
his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For without HIM, none of this would have been possible.