“Rough-around-the-edges vocals blanketed with swoon-worthy arrangements, like a stiff cocktail made with top-shelf ingredients.“ – Rolling Stone (on Jukebox, 2018)
Release date: October 2nd, 2020.
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“Few are writing songs like Jackson Emmer.” – Rolling Stone
Jackson Emmer has quietly built his reputation as a songwriter’s songwriter on the outskirts of country music. His work blends humor with heartache, and tradition with exploration. In 2018, Emmer received national attention for his sophomore album, Jukebox. His follow up record, Alpine Coda, is set for release October 2nd, 2020. Emmer’s music has been featured in Rolling Stone, NPR, and the Cannes Film Festival. He lives in Carbondale, Colorado.
LONG BIO / ALBUM STORY
He may be the best country singer you’ve never heard of. Jackson Emmer’s gentle, lush, raspy vocals stand out in the crowded field of Americana. Based in the small town of Carbondale, Colorado, Emmer began singing at the unlikely age of 20. However, due to the arid, mountain climate, and the rigors of long bar gigs, Emmer’s vocal cords were soon in tatters. By 28, he had lost his voice completely.
Undeterred, Emmer saw this as an opportunity- a fresh start disguised as defeat. “I’m a quiet optimist. There is only one way: forward.” Emmer says. He rebuilt his voice from the ground up, learned to sing again, and a new sound emerged- The scars of mountain living forever sealed into his timbre. Lush with overtones, ghostly harmonics, and friendly grit; Emmer’s voice is better than ever.
His third studio album, Alpine Coda, places Emmer’s unique singing front and center. Recorded in just five days in Nashville, TN, and produced by the acclaimed Mary Bragg, Emmer’s latest work is his best yet. All ten tracks were either written or co-written by Emmer, and the songs display his award-winning blend of humor and heartache. Think George Jones meets Dan Reeder. “Songwriting has always been at the center of my records. The song is king- but now that I’ve grown into my voice, I feel that the presentation of these songs is stronger than ever,” Emmer says.
Emmer’s 2018 album, Jukebox, was recorded in a spare bedroom in North Carolina on two microphones. It was homespun, and his first work to garner national attention. By contrast, Alpine Coda is Emmer’s first collaboration with a producer, and a posse of Nashville’s finest. “Mary Bragg is one of Nashville’s rising stars, and an incredible songwriter. She has golden ears, and isn’t afraid to constructively disagree, which makes the music better,” Emmer says. The band was anchored by Brian Owings on drums (Emmylou Harris), Owen Biddle on bass (The Roots), with flourishes by Josh Kaler on guitar (Aaron Lee Tasjan), and Jelly Roll Johnson on harmonica (Shania Twain, Guy Clark).