Jason Molina, who recorded under the name Songs:Ohia and later toured as the Magnolia Electric Co, has died.
AmericanSongwriter shared Secretly Canadian's tribute to their artist:
Jason was a world class musician, songwriter & recording artist. He was also a beloved friend,” said his first record label, Secretly Canadian, in a statement.The Guardian carried a tribute from Steve Albini:
“This is especially hard for us to share. Jason is the cornerstone of Secretly Canadian. Without him there would be no us — plain and simple . . . We’re going to miss Jason. He was generous. He was a one of a kind. And he had a voice unlike any other.”
"I loved hearing Jason Molina sing. He was a genius at turning a phrase and making it into something more than the words in it. Jason was almost supernaturally prolific, and several times I watched him write an album's worth of songs in a weekend, recording them on the spot.Fans are being invited to help pay Molina's outstanding medical bills as tribute.
Much of his recorded output with Magnolia Electric Co is the evidence of him and the band playing his songs for the very first time.
It's amazing, really, that it was any good at all, much less so touching and fully realised. Jason was a unique talent and I will miss him. My heart goes out to all his friends and family, all of you I've met have been good people who did well by Jason."
Molina had been struggling with illness for some time; he was 39.