Distinguished by captivating acoustic guitar and floating vocals with a touch of blue-eyed soul, Jackson Howard’s songs grab your ears and search your soul. In an age when lyrics are losing their importance, Jackson puts the poetry back into songwriting while remaining universally relatable. Steeped in optimism, his live performances will buoy your spirits, challenge your mind, and stick firmly in your ears.
“This guy writes with such substantial depth – eliminating all pretension – that he could easily be the one to save our current crop of pop songs from its dire state of superficiality.” ~Tunedloud.com
“You can bet John Mayer has nothing on this guy, trust me. … I broke the repeat button, and I want to hear more!” ~ Skope Magazine
In the summer of 2015, a song from About Life caught the attention of Grammy-nominated producer Billy Smiley. By September the two were recording a new album Just for the Mystery at Dark Horse Studios in Franklin, TN. The album (released April 2nd 2017) boasts the talents of Johnathan Crone, Daniel O’Lannerghty, Andre DiMuzio, Jared Kneale (drums – Kacey Musgraves, Ben Rector); sound engineering by Billy Whittington (Amy Grant), Ritchie Biggs (Civil Wars, Lone Below), and Billy Smiley (White Heart, Newsboys), and production by Billy Smiley. The release of Just for the Mystery was accompanied by Howard’s first major tour spanning 65 shows in the US, Canada, and Germany from May-September 2017.
Having earned a PhD and worked in research prior to his music career, many of Jackson’s songs deal with change and our eternal search for self. Introspective yet generalizable, his lyrics touch regret, hope, self-deception, and love – both vacuous and real. His new album Just for the Mystery opens with the bouncy, pop-inspired title track which is a metaphorical exhale, letting go of romanticized memories and acknowledging that some doors are best left unopened The album moves through songs of hope in “A Place in this World” and “Surround You”, to the pain of betrayal in “Dizzy”, existential dilemma in “This Town” and finally to an optimistic hope for truer love in “If I Fall” which laments how selfish love has become in our consumer culture.
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Skope Magazine: https://skopemag.com/2017/06/05/jackson-howards-just-for-the-mystery
Vents Magazine: http://ventsmagazine.com/2017/06/12/interview-jackson-howard/
Middle Tennessee Music: http://www.midtnmusic.com/jackson-howard-just-for-the-mystery/
Stereo Stickman: http://stereostickman.com/reviews/jackson-howard-just-for-the-mystery/
Beach Sloth: http://www.beachsloth.com/jackson-howard-just-for-the-mystery.html
The Band Camp Diaries: http://thebandcampdiaries.tumblr.com/post/161408987002/jackson-howard-just-for-the-mystery-jackson
Dancing About Architecture: https://dancingaboutarchitecture.info/2017/06/04/just-for-the-mystery-jackson-howard-reviewed-by-dave-franklin/
The Ratings Game: https://ratingsgamemusic.com/2017/06/01/jackson-howard-just-for-the-mystery-review-stream/