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craig jackson band

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wow, I'm really diggin your musi

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
new " damn the roses " review
"he has captured the best of the A+ songwriting skills from the old school (Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Eagles etc.) and incorporated a modern but organic approach to the production and arrangement elements. When I find myself singing along halfway through the first chorus and he takes the structure in fresh but easily accessible directions, the end result is a very satisfying listening experience that makes me want to keep coming back for more
Mark Keefne
Waymo Music & Soundesig

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wow great stuff!!! tom , mzre

Portrait of craig jackson band ( actual link) review below
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
1st review of " damn the roses " actual review
Melodic Sunburst


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26 Apr

Recommendation: Damn the Roses - Craig Jackso
Posted by Carolyn Dixon in Recommendations. Tagged: Craig Jackson, Americana, albums. 1 Commen

A few minutes into his song “Our Last Time” it becomes apparent that Craig Jackson either greatly respects his audience or grossly underestimates it

How else can one explain his decision to open his new album Damn the Roses with a song that stretches over six minutes in the current “here today, forgotten in three minutes” climate? He is either confident enough to know that his listeners will value the track’s extended instrumental breaks or crazy enough to believe that they won’t simply turn the song off

(For the record, I lean on the side of respect and confidence.

Jackson, an Americana artist based in Nashville, assumes responsibility for the entire record by writing/co-writing all the songs, enlisting several musician friends to play on songs, and producing the work. The success or failure of the project falls squarely on his shoulders. Credit the man for having the courage to trust himself and his audience

In truth, “Our Last Time” sets the tone for Jackson’s fifth studio effort, a leisurely paced mix of folk, country, and rock. However, leisure should not be confused with laziness. From his unforced delivery to the steady instrumentation that lifts his lyrics, Damn the Rose is as much an exploration of time as it is of heartbreak. Not content to follow standard story arcs, Jackson does not confine the characters in his songs to neat resolutions. There’s a sense that the characters have a history that cannot fully be captured over the course of a song. Much is left to the imagination, yet Jackson does not cheat his audience

One of Jackson’s strengths is the fact that he does not overreach. He does not pretend that the run-of-the-mill is revelatory nor does he try to impart shallow wisdom. Instead he provides snapshots of life and allows the smaller moments to speak for themselves

The afore-mentioned opening number “Our Last Time” follows a couple on the outs, which is apparently a common occurrence for the duo who have always managed to weather previous storms. “These two hearts intertwined have always gotten by…This won’t be the first time for our last time,” Jackson explains. The song’s length and instrumentals mirror the ambivalence, regret, and ultimately probable reconciliation of the couple in question

Contrary to its harsh name, the title track “Damn the Roses” is the only semi-happy number on the record. The roses are symbolic of a devoted couple’s journey together, from first bloom to the inevitably thorny end (in this case, through death). The theme of great beauty being accompanied by the opportunity for great pain is one that runs throughout the album

The album’s most intriguing imagery occurs in “Slipstream,” a series of seemingly disparate visuals that only serve to remind the song’s protagonist of a past love who has since moved on. Jackson manages to convey the loss his character feels without delving into bitterness or recriminations. “If you ever fall out of love consider me,” he pleads during the bridge in what may be the album’s most heart-rending moment. It’s the kind of nakedly honest performance that even the relationship-wary can appreciate

Among other highlights on the album, “1941” thoughtfully references the death of a young soldier during World War II and its impact on his parents and his beloved, although the song could actually apply to any soldier during any war. Surprisingly the album’s piano-driven closing number “Broken” is its shortest, clocking in at slightly less than three minutes. In the lyrically sparse song, Jackson makes one simple request: “Don’t give up on me.” The song feels a bit unfinished, perhaps a promise of the life yet to come. Those who have held steadfast through the musical journey on Damn the Roses will undoubtedly look forward to its continuation

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Damn The Roses Cements Nashville Singer/Songwriter As Part of New Breed of Americana Artist

Nashville, TN— Singer/songwriter Craig Jackson is considered part of a new breed of Nashville Americana artists, confirmed by a nomination this past week for “Best New Band” in Nashville’s Toast of Music City 2009 Awards. For his fifth and latest album, Damn The Roses (Green Records April 16, 2009), Jackson enlisted the help of some very talented musicians, songwriters and engineers. Recorded at Cabin in the Woods Studio, Jackson’s smooth vocal delivery was married with solid arrangements and flowing melodies to create a warm feel, and the perfect vehicle to deliver his stories of heartbreak and longing.

Standout tracks on Damn The Roses include “Don’t Mean Nothin’” a catchy, upbeat song about loneliness that will stick in your head and have you happily singing the chorus over and over. “Every Time You Leave” is a Tom Petty style rocker featuring some stellar guitar work, and Jackson’s vocals are complemented nicely by Megan Whalen. The simple two-part harmonies make for a very intimate listen, especially on the lush sounding “Cryin Game”. “1941” let’s you inside a family’s pain from the loss of a son in World War II, but the lyrical content is equally relevant today

Damn The Roses is the followup to 2006’s Spanish Rain, also released on Green Records, and along with each of Jackson’s previous albums, including Midwest, Last House on the Left, and Make It Right, have seen plenty of nationwide radio airplay, prompting The Gavin Report to name Jackson as one of its up and coming artists. His songs have been used in films such as “Murder Weapon” and others. Jackson, who has toured extensively, is planning to hit the road regionally in support of Damn the Roses.

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hey all !! i was nominated for best local band in the tennessean's " toast of music city" for 2009...swing by and drop me a vote if you can...just click on the check mark next to my name

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hey im spread the word on your music awsome.......... mzre

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I love your songs, a new fan I am, Thanks for your music, Carol

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Great sound! Are you a fan of Slaid Cleaves?

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Thanks, Craig and band. I noticed your b-day is the day before mine KB

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