COUNTRY STAR OF THE MONTH: JACKSON DEAN
Written by Tony Schultz on August 1, 2022
There appears to be a bit of a shift in the Country Music landscape. There are a few artists that are embracing the 70s and 80s style of edgier and honkey tonk styles of the genre. One of those is Jackson Dean who sounds more like Merle Haggard than Luke Bryan when he sings. He’s been quickly climbing the charts with his recent release “Don’t Come Lookin'” with good reason: it’s a good song. It also didn’t hurt that it was featured in the hit TV show “Yellowstone”.
Jackson grew up in Maryland and made his sojourn to Nashville at the age of 18. He made a friend in Casey Beathard and Luke Dick and did some teamwork with them. He has already opened for some big name acts including Kane Brown, Jake Owen, and probably most fittingly Brothers Osborne. As soon as “Don’t Come Lookin'” hit he airwaves it immediately took off with a lot of push coming from fans of “Yellowstone”. His catalog is small at the moment, but there are some more hits waiting to be released.
Dean has a bit of growl to his vocals and sounds like he could be the younger brother of Brothers Osborne. Had he opened for them at Country Boom you would have agreed that they belong together. While he doesn’t fall into the Renegade Country of today he definitely draws from older artists styles and steers clear of the Pop sound of some current artists. If you are hankering for more of Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, and Cody Johnson then you will want to put him in your rotation playlist. The guitars are bluesy and drums drive some tracks while others take you on a gentle trip on a gravel road to the old creek bed. His album “Greenbroke” might not all be hits, but there’s enough on there to get a good start on a young career. Jackson could be the next big thing if listeners keep pushing for more of his art to be on the radio.