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 and Americana.
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.
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 guitarist Jim Cross effortlessly trade stadium-ready solos, country twang, and counter melodies.
With 2021 events still heavily disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, the band partnered with the Tennessee Fields Festival to create a series of small, intimate songwriters rounds in Chelmsford, Essex, giving a platform to other UK Country and Americana artists and songwriters, and giving audiences a behind-the-scenes look at country songwriting. Featuring artists such as Essex County, Harleymoon Kemp, Tim Prottey-Jones, Jake Morrell and Beth Keeping, the initial run of events sold out and helped solidify the band’s reputation as all-round entertainers. In the midst of that run of events, they also performed a sold out full-band show with Katy Hurt supporting – the first time the full band had played indoors together for over 18 months due to the impacts of the pandemic. The band will finish the year with a headline slot at Nashville Calling in December.
The band have also enjoyed recent success with their recorded music. Up In Flames, released in November 2020, was played on both Chris Country Radio, Country Hits Radio and BBC Introducing, while one of their older singles, Don’t Wait, was also picked out by influential Country DJ Baylen Leonard for airplay on his ‘Front Porch’ show. Since its release, the band’s debut EP has been streamed over 250,000 times.