Happy Birthday to Jason Mark Everman – born October 16, 1967!
Jason Mark Everman is an American musician, who played with Nirvana, Soundgarden and OLD. He later served in the US Army as an Army Ranger and Green Beret.
In a 2013 interview in The New York Times Magazine, Everman said when asked about his birth, “My birth certificate says Kodiak, but I’m pretty sure it was Ouzinkie, where my parents lived in a two-room cabin with a pet ocelot named Kia.” His parents had moved to the remote Spruce Island to, as guitarist and writer Clay Tarver put it, “get back to nature”, but their marriage did not survive the isolation. His mother left with Jason when he was a toddler, moved to Washington, and remarried to a former Navy member; the family eventually settled in Poulsbo, across Puget Sound from Seattle.
According to Everman’s half-sister, with whom he grew up, “My mother was extremely depressed, an artistic genius who was also a pill-popping alcoholic. Jason and I learned to walk on eggshells and really learned to take care of ourselves.” After an incident in which he and a friend blew up a toilet with an M-80 firecracker, his grandmother put him in therapy sessions to deal with his emotional issues. Everman began playing guitar during the therapy sessions; he initially picked up one of the guitars the therapist kept around his office, and the therapist then decided to play with him, hoping it would help him open up. He went on to play in several bands during his high school years. Also, he reestablished contact with his biological father, who by that time owned a fishing boat in Alaska, and worked several seasons on the boat. Prior to joining with Nirvana, he played guitar in a local band called Stonecrow with future Nirvana drummer Chad Channing.
Everman joined Nirvana in February 1989 as a second guitarist. He is listed as being second guitarist on Nirvana’s Bleach and appears on the cover, but did not actually play on any of the tracks. Nirvana founder Kurt Cobain said the credit was a token of thanks to Everman for paying a fee of $606.17 to record the album. On the 2009 remastered edition of Bleach, Everman is no longer credited but can still be seen on the front cover and he is given special thanks in the booklet.