For years now, the voice of Tony Jackson has been one of the greatest untapped resources in country music just waiting to be exploited. How and why it’s been over six years since he last released an album, and he hasn’t resonated to a wider national audience just yet feels like a travesty.
Granted, Tony Jackson has always been more of a singer and interpreter of classic country songs as opposed to an original artist. He first enjoyed national attention when he released a cover of “The Grand Tour” by George Jones that went viral. But with the right cadre of songwriters and players behind him, he could be explosive in country music.
Lucky for us, that’s exactly what has materialized. To be released on September 29th by BFD / Audium Nashville, Tony Jackson’s new album I’ve Got Songs To Sing could be his big breakout moment, especially at a time when Tony Jackson’s version of traditional country is on the upswing, and everyone is searching for more diverse voices in the genre.
Appearing on the album will be a who’s who of great country music pickers, including guitarists “Cousin” Kenny Vaughan and Brent Mason, steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar, fiddler Jenee Fleenor, and a bunch of other top name pickers and players. Songwriters contributors include Jamey Johnson, Mo Pitney, Erin Enderlin, Bobby Tomberlin, and more. Randy Travis and Rhonda Vincent also appear on the album. It would be difficult to impossible to assemble a better team behind Tony.
“I am very proud of this project and thankful to be joined by such legendary studio musicians,” says Tony Jackson. “I am especially thankful to my friends, Rhonda Vincent, and Randy Travis, for being a part of it. I met Randy as a kid while living overseas and it remains a powerful core memory. Working with him professionally as an adult is a dream realized.”
The album includes a couple of prominent covers, namely Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” made famous by Glen Campbell, and John Sebastian’s “Darlin’ Be Home Soon.” But it also includes lots of songs Tony Jackson can make his own, like the premier single from the album “Do You Remember Country Music” featuring Randy Travis, and written by Aaron Bowlin, Bobby Tomberlin, and Mo Pitney (listen below).
Though Tony Jackson feels like a relative unknown to the wider population, in traditional country circles he’s already a star, regularly appearing on the Grand Ole Opry, and releasing videos with millions of views. Hopefully I’ve Got Songs To Sing can be the moment that attention translates to the wider country music population.
A former member of the United States Marine Corps., Tony Jackson was turned onto traditional country music while growing up in the military, and listening to it on Armed Forces Radio.
I’ve Got Songs To Sing is now available for pre-save/pre-order.
1. I’ve Got Songs to Sing
2. Good Time
3. Leave a Light On (featuring Rhonda Vincent)
4. Five Dollar Bible
5. A Lot Like Texas
6. A Little While
7. Darlin’ Be Home Soon
9. I’m All In
10. Wichita Lineman
11. Do You Remember Country Music (featuring Randy Travis)