“Few are writing songs like Jackson Emmer.” – Rolling Stone
“Melodic and lyrically rich.”
– No Depression
“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
“Jackson Emmer brings a quiet confidence to the stage that makes you pay attention, and then be glad that you did.”
-Crystal & Pete Damore, Ordinary Elephant
Jackson Emmer is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer from Carbondale, Colorado. His work blends humor with heartache, and tradition with exploration. Emmer’s writing is often compared to that of John Prine and Guy Clark. He has toured the US numerous times, collaborated with Grammy-winners, and received grants & awards for his music in Texas and Colorado. Emmer’s third studio album, Alpine Coda, was released in 2020 to critical acclaim. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, American Songwriter, the Cannes Film Festival, and 200+ radio stations worldwide.
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 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. “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 Bryan Owings on drums (Emmylou Harris), Owen Biddle on bass (The Roots), with flourishes by Josh Kaler on guitar (Aaron Lee Tasjan), Deanie Richardson on fiddle (Grand Ole Opry) and Jelly Roll Johnson on harmonica (Shania Twain, Guy Clark).
In 2018 he won awards for his songwriting at the Telluride Troubadour Contest (Telluride, CO), Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase (Lyons, CO), and Songwriter Serenade (Moravia, TX). He has opened for or co-billed with: Leon Bridges, Della Mae, John Oates, and The Wood Brothers, to name a few.
Emmer tours the US regularly, performing approximately 100 shows each year- most of which are house concerts. However, he has appeared at several historic venues and festivals, including: Telluride Bluegrass Festival, House of Blues (Houston, TX), Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), The Iron Horse (Northampton, MA), and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (Lyons, CO). Emmer lives in Carbondale, Colorado.
“Firmly on the right track – do NOT fail to hear this man.” – Tom Paxton
“A contemporary jolt to old-school, heartfelt country music.” – PopMatters
“One of the most sublime songwriters of our generation-“ – Dockery
High Res photos by Olive & West.
- 2021 – “April In Your Eyes” – produced album feat. Tim O’Brien, Kathy Mattea, Bill Kirchen and more. Reached #5 on Billboard Bluegrass chart (4/27/21).
- 2021 – Received two grants from the State of Colorado and Redline Arts Center to create videos, “The Backyard Sessions.”
- 2020 – “Alpine Coda” album featured on Art of the Song, Americana Boogie, Saving Country Music, NPR’s Talkin’ Music, and more. “Best of 2020” according to Twangville, Americana Highways, and Lonesome Highway.
- 2019 – Cannes Film Festival – song featured in “Elwood Takes A Lover.”
- 2018 – Rolling Stone – 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know (June 2018)
- 2018 – Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest – 3rd Place.
- 2018 – Rocky Mtn Folks Festival – Songwriting Contest. 3rd Place.
- 2018 – Songwriter Serenade Competition semifinalist.
- 2018 – Performances at Palisade Bluegrass Festival – Official Festival Tweener
- 2017 – Artist deal with LR Baggs Amplification.
- 2017 – Songwriter in Residence for town of Red Cliff, CO.
- 2016 – Artist in Residence for Justice Snow’s in Aspen, CO.
- 2015 – First solo record (Last Known Photograph) debuts on iTunes Top 100 country charts.
“In addition to Jackson Emmer’s songwriting skills, which implement great imagery and emotional depth, he has a voice to match. He sounds seasoned and sincere. Combine all that with his solid guitar playing and warm accessible personality, you’ve got a great artist.” – Chris Latham (Grammy-Winning sound engineer for Guy Clark, Dolly Parton, and Brad Paisley.
“Playful- a classic country singer-songwriter in a modern context. “ – FolkRadio UK
“A terrific singer-songwriter and a name to watch for.” – Country Music People Magazine
“Every song on the album is a standout in its own way, making for a true modern day gem.” – Record Dept. Blog (review of 2018 release, Jukebox)
“Timeless.” – Bonedale Amplified
“Emmer ignores the boundaries of genre and the demands of traditionalism, internalizing a sprawl of sounds and finding one that’s all his own.” – Aspen Times