About

Jackson Emmer – Photo by Olive & West

“Few are writing songs like Jackson Emmer.” – Rolling Stone

Jackson Emmer has quietly built his reputation as a deft songwriter and commanding singer on the outskirts of country music. His 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 were 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, 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.

Jackson Emmer has been touring and recording in the USA since 2009. He has performed at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Club Passim, Cactus Cafe, Rockwood Music Hall, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, The Bugle Boy, and The Grey Eagle, to name a few.



Kind Words

“Few are writing songs like Jackson Emmer.” – Rolling Stone

“Firmly on the right track – do NOT fail to hear this man.” – Tom Paxton

“One of the most sublime songwriters of our generation-“ Dockery

“He entertains you in a way that’s so fresh and understated that you are smiling before you know it, and suddenly you’ve just had a great time.” – Walt Wilkins

“A terrific singer-songwriter and a name to watch for.” – Country Music People Magazine

“Melodic and lyrically rich.”
– No Depression​


Praise for Alpine Coda:

Best Albums of 2020 – Twangville

Top Albums of 2020 – Lonesome Highway

“Absolutely wonderful.” – Art of the Song

“Alpine Coda is a masterclass in how to write good songs.” – Antonio Lopez / Head Above Music

Additional press from: NPR/KVNFTwangvilleSaving Country Music, Americana HighwaysWomen of AmericanaThe Aspen TimesKDNKAspen Public Radio, Post Independent, and more.

Airplay on syndicated radio shows: Americana Boogie, The Country Mile, Out of the Woods, The Colorado Playlist, Art of the Song.