Jason Scheff Talks About Generation Radio, His Dad, and What's On His Radar

Written by Randy Patterson

Posted August 2022

Jason Scheff 1bJason Scheff.

Son of Jerry Scheff, legendary bassist for Elvis, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Chris Hillman, and many others.

At age 23, young Jason joined Chicago, replacing Peter Cetera.

Chicago. Age 23. Wow.

It’s Jason’s voice that we hear on the band’s 1986 remake of their 1970 hit single, “25 or 6 to 4” and “Will You Still Love Me”.

I had the occasion to meet Jason and his son backstage at a 2019 Nashville fundraiser hosted by his dad’s former bandmate: the legendary James Burton. It was a brief conversation, but we parted ways agreeing that an interview was in order.

Fast forward to today.

With Rascal Flatts bassist, Jay Demarcus, Scheff has formed the super group, Generation Radio, with Journey drummer, Deen Castronovo, and guitarist Chris Rodriguez and Tom Yankton.

If you love Chicago. If you love Eagles. If you love Rascal Flatts. If you love Journey. If you love all of those bands, then you will absolutely LOVE Generation Radio.

You’ll also love this interview with Jason Scheff. Fun. Insightful. Informative. After you watch it, share it. Follow the band at GenerationRadio.net and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. You can also follow Jason on his website, JasonScheff.com, and Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Be sure to order the debut album by Generation Radio by clicking on the album cover on this page underneath the interview, below.

The Boomerocity Interview With Jason Scheff

 

Press Release

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RELEASE DATE: August 12, 2022

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the upcoming self-titled debut album from Generation Radio, a colossal new rock group centered around the combined talents of Jay Demarcus (Rascal Flatts) and Jason Scheff (ex-Chicago), on August 5, 2022. Fans of classic AOR in the style of Journey and Chicago are going to absolutely lose their minds when they hear Generation Radio's stunning debut.

In the beginning of 2020, Generation Radio came together with the intent to form a band with a purpose - to bring classic 80’s rock back to life. As their self-titled debut illustrates, mission accomplished! Two-time Grammy award winning bassist Jay Demarcus of the hugely popular country act Rascal Flatts and Jason Scheff, who was lead vocalist and bass player for the multi-platinum band Chicago for over 30 years, are joined by drummer/vocalist Deen Castronovo (Journey, Revolution Saints) guitarist Chris Rodriguez and XXX Tom Yankton in Generation Radio. 


"This music is the best of all of us. Everyone in this band sings and contributes in a huge way. Jason is not only one of my best friends, but he is also one of my all-time favorite singers, and his performances on this record are stellar. Deen is among the very best drummers in the world, but he is also a world-class singer. In fact, I’m convinced Journey heard him with us, and immediately wanted him back in the band! I’m kidding, of course, but we were fortunate to have him on this 'journey'. Finally, Chris and Yankton are veterans and some of my favorite musicians and singers. Chris and I go back to our early days together in Christian music. It is a true honor to make music with people who you respect so much, and hold in such high regard," says Jay Demarcus.


"My partner Jay [DeMarcus] had the idea to fuse Rascal Flatts with Journey and Chicago, so that's what we did. Jay had several songs over the years that he'd co-written, exhibiting all his influences. There was no surprise he listened to a lot of Journey and Chicago! Those songs became the catalyst for the band and we rounded it out with some songs written specifically for the album that were in keeping with that theme. There's no other way to put it other than when you listen to this record you will hear a beautiful blend of Rascal Flatts meets Journey meets Chicago, not to mention having the best of the best in the production, recording, and mastering department. A team of all current hitmakers," adds Jason Scheff.


Be sure to follow the band on social media (links below) to stay up to date on announcements about live shows, new singles, and of course, the release of the debut album on August 5th.

“Generation Radio” Tracklisting:
Why Are You Calling Me Now
Angels
All Night To Get There
I Hope You Find It
Time To Let It Go
Lights Go Out In Paradise
Don’t Go
Smoking
Anything But Us
Waiting On Your Sunshine
Finally Got It Right