ason Reischel’s music has been called “all that’s right with the genre of country music” (Under The Radar), “more honest than most of the dribble coming out of Nashville” (My Old Kentucky Blog), and “Gram Parsons-influenced, rich country folk” (AOL Music). The former front man of the Brooklyn-based My Cousin, The Emperor has also been compared to everyone from Paul Simon (for his intricate guitar playing), Elliot Smith, Tim Buckley, The Band, Townes Van Zandt, and Nick Drake (for his “solemnity and isolation that hints at Drake’s “last-man-on- earth ache”).
Originally from New York, but raised in Asheville, North Carolina, Reischel returned to NYC in 2004 to create an interesting mix of Indie Rock with southern Appalachian influences. “I feel that many people have a preconceived notion that they don't like country music”, he says, “especially in an urban center such as New York, but surprisingly this is not the case.”
Reischel is currently recording a solo record (his 5th record since 2005) and performing brand new material. The Living Room is his favorite venue in New York City.