The new wave of UK Country

With two lead vocalists in the shape of Keith Porter and Jamie Cook, harmonies were always going to be front and centre in The Jackson Line, who deliver a modern take on classic country pop. Imagine an amalgam of The Eagles with Hunter Hayes and you’ll be on the right track.

With storytelling, harmonies and guitars at the heart of what they do, The Jackson Line are comfortable with the tag of ‘modern country band’, but with each member bringing a wide range of differing influences to the table, they create thoughtful, melodic songs, which capture the essence of country while allowing their other influences to permeate.

2019

Live at the Culpepper Club, Basildon, 24/11/2019

Live @ Culpepper Club, Sunday 24 November 2019 

The Jackson Line are bringing their full band to the home of country music and line dancing in Essex, Culpepper Club, Basildon.

Doors will open at 7pm, with support at 8pm from highly regarded up-and-coming country artist Joe Keeley.

“We’re delighted to be playing at the Culpepper Club,” explained Keith Porter, one of the lead singers in the band. “We know the guys there really well, and they’ve supported us through our entire journey in this genre. We can’t wait to get on stage there in front of more genuine country music fans.”

Tickets are £8 (plus booking fee) and are available from Eventbrite – just search for the band!

2019

Don’t Wait EP reaches 100,000 streams

Don’t Wait has amassed over 100,000 streams since it’s release almost a year ago to date.

The first single from the EP, You Are Mine, was included on Apple Music’s Country Wide playlist alongside artists such as Carrie Underwood, Brett Young and Ward Thomas. The playlist showcases the brightest country stars from across the globe.

The second single, Don’t Wait, was also included on the Country Wide playlist, as well as Spotify’s New Music Nashville.

Their appearance at the inaugural Dixie Fields Festival led to a surge in attention, and caused prominent UK Country Blog, Think Country, to proclaim that the band ‘will definitely be a lot more in demand’ and ‘jumped very quickly up the food chain amongst UK artists after this performance’. After the festival, the band were invited onto BBC Essex for a live session, were featured on CountryLine TV and the Sound and Country Vision podcast, and have now begun preparations for 2020 festival appearances.

2018

Don’t Wait – out now on all major digital platforms

The band launched the EP to a sell out crowd in their hometown of Chelmsford, with support from popular UK Country act, Two Ways Home.

The EP opens with their recent single, You Are Mine, which was featured on BBC Essex Introducing. A classic country pop track, the song tells a simple love story about the fact it’s what’s inside that counts.

“We set out to make a really catchy, summertime country tune with a singalong chorus,” explains Keith Porter, singer and pianist with the band. “But there is a meaningful story that weaves its way through.”

And that’s the case with all of the songs on the EP, which showcase a band being at ease with emotional songs, as well as able to have a bit of fun.

For the band, the release marks the beginning of their next chapter, having finished mastering the EP earlier this year at the world famous Abbey Road Studios in London.

The Jackson Line - 20 years in the making

With two lead vocalists in the shape of Keith Porter and Jamie Cook, harmonies were always going to be front and centre in The Jackson Line, who deliver a modern take on classic country pop. Imagine an amalgam of The Eagles with Hunter Hayes and you’ll be on the right track.

The band’s roots can be traced back almost twenty years, when Porter and Cook met while performing at a holiday resort. They soon started songwriting together, first recording songs on a beat-up microphone which Keith ‘borrowed’ from his university while studying, and then gigging in and around Essex and London. By then, Cook’s guitar ability was not going unnoticed, and he was asked to join 60s tribute act The Overtures, establishing himself as one of the UK’s top live guitarists in the process.

When Cook left, Jim Cross joined, and over time country music began to exert its influence on the group more and more. In 2014, Porter and Cross decided to follow that passion and start a country band. After developing his own love for country music in the intervening years, Cook heard about the project and rejoined the group. The Jackson Line were formed.

With storytelling, harmonies and guitars at the heart of what they do, The Jackson Line are comfortable with the tag of ‘modern country band’, but with each member bringing a wide range of differing influences to the table, they create thoughtful, melodic songs, which capture the essence of country while allowing their other influences to permeate.

The songs from their debut EP, Don’t Wait, capture this moment in their lives. Kids, families, breakups, sorrow; these are the kind of songs you can only write when there’s a certain number of miles on the clock.

Porter’s clean vocals and range suit country storytelling. A natural frontman, his ability to entertain a crowd with on-the-spot humour and heartfelt backstories has been honed after decades of performing. Cook takes the vocal lead on bigger, bluesy songs which enable him to deliver powerful, raw performances with his trademark rasp, while Cook and Cross effortlessly trade stadium-ready solos, country twang, and counter melodies, enhancing the songs so much it feels like the guitars deserve equal billing to the vocals.

Don't Wait, EP

The debut EP

The band have released their debut EP, Don’t Wait, across all major digital platforms.

Recorded across a variety of studios in the UK, and with contributions from well-known session players such as Charlie Kenny on drums, Nashville bass legend Steve Bryant and Hammond player Dennis Wage, the EP was mixed by band member Jim Cross before being handed over to Abbey Road Mastering Engineer Christian Wright.

The songs from the EP mark this moment in their lives. Kids, families, sorrow; these are the songs you can only write when there’s a certain number of miles on the clock.

Stream Don’t Wait via Spotify, Apple Music or Google Play, or download it from iTunes or Amazon.

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