Jason was born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, in a small community located in Avery County! Jason started playing the banjo when he was 11 years old, receiving lessons from his cousin Jeter Griffith. He received his first banjo as a gift from his father, R.Z. Burleson. R.Z. purchased his son a cheap open back banjo from a local pawn shop. This special banjo remains in Jason's home to this day, and will one day be passed down to his own son, Jacob Burleson!
Jason played a couple of well known theme parks in the early days of his career: Tweetsie Railroad and Dollywood. He entertained theme park guests at Tweetsie Railroad alongside his brother, Charlie Burleson and would later join his childhood friend, Alan Johnson, onstage during his Dollywood days. Jason Burleson along with Rob Ickes, Shawn Lane, Tim Stafford and Wayne Taylor formed the band Blue Highway in 1994. Jason remains a member of Blue Highway, occasionally joining other musicians on stage and continuing to create music that fans have come to know and love.
Jason grew up listening to numerous talented musicians and credits the construction of his musical foundation to the works of Tony Rice, J.D. Crowe, Earl Scruggs, etc. He would later develop his own unique "force on the five" and is delighted when he is told that he is now an inspiration to other young, developing musicians. Jason remains inspired by musicians of past and present, and draws inspiration from various musical genres.