Staff report

If you’re a regular at the Flora-Bama, then it’s likely you’ve caught Jason Justice and the Hung Jury tearing up the stage with that band’s brand of Southern rock, country and even a touch of beachy blues. This spring, Justice and his band will be lighting up the stage at the ‘Bama – and if you’ve never caught this dynamic band then this is one act you want to catch this high season.

His career at the ‘Bama goes back to the early 1990s while he was stationed at NAS in Pensacola. Justice fell under the ‘Bama’s spell instantly. Soon after that visit he formed a band, traveling the Southeast while honing his sound and cutting his teeth in the business.

“I had a honky tonk band for several years playing every armpit-windowless joint around Alabama and Georgia,” Justice said. “I finally got back to the beach and after paying my dues and sitting in with others at the ‘Bama.”

Paying his dues in the music industry has included opening for acts like David Allen Coe, Pat Green, Billy Jo Shaver and Alan Jackson to name a few.  Since then, Justice and his band mates have made a name for themselves along the Alabama-Florida Gulf Coast, while becoming a favorite band at the ‘Bama, bringing down the house during events like the annual Chili Cook-Off and the Mullet Toss and much more.

Sure, Justice does some classic country covers but lately he’s been performing cuts from his latest release, a CD that was cut about a year ago titled “Pawn Shop Side of Town.”

As Justice explains, the project has a broad appeal, and isn’t pigeon holed to one genre.

“The CD has a little something for everybody. It obviously has some traditional country, some dark, some beachy sounds and even some funky side to it,” Justice said. “Right now the songs are being played on independent radio stations from Key West to Buffalo, New York. God Bless Independent Radio.”

Justice has come a long way since his early days at the ‘Bama. And reflects upon those early days as part of who he is today as one of the more popular acts on the Gulf Coast.

“It’s hard to believe I’ve been playing the ‘Bama and Perdido Key since 2002. It’s been a lot of fun and quite a journey. We play mostly traditional country and it’s what we’re best at. We’re still playing so we must be doing something right.”