American songwriter Jason Molina - closely associated with Songs: Ohio and Magnolia Electric Co. - has passed away.
Jason Molina's songwriting wasn't the sort of thing you indulged in lightly. At first using the name Songs: Ohia, his was a vision of Americana which didn't shy away from harsh truths or stark realities.
Yet there was a humanity there, too. Often compared to Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (indeed Molina released material on Palace Records) Songs: Ohia was superseded by the equally powerful Magnolia Electric Co.
Sadly, though, recent years saw Jason Molina beset by ill health. Problems with alcohol left him needing medical help, leading his family to place an emotional plea for financial assistance online in late 2011.
Poignantly, Jason Molina's last public message thanked his fans for their years of support. Writing on Magnolia Electric Co.'s website, the songwriter said: "Treatment is good, getting to deal with a lot of things that even the music didn’t want to. I have not given up because you, my friends have not given up on me. I do still need your support however that takes shape, good vibes are worth more than you might think."
Our thoughts are with his friends and family.