“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 has quietly built his reputation as a deft songwriter and commanding singer 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.
He can’t help it. Songs keep Jackson Emmer up at night. Born with an unrelenting creative spark, Emmer has quietly built his reputation as a deft songwriter and commanding singer on the outskirts of country music. His work blends humor with heartache, and tradition with exploration. Emmer’s whiskey-smooth, conversational singing style is as distinct as his writing. He often croons at a whisper, drawing listeners in with his relaxed, understated delivery. Lately, Emmer has drawn critical acclaim for his 2018, sophomore album, “Jukebox.”
While honing his gentle, country sound on the backroads of America, Emmer moved around the US for almost a decade. Colorado, North Carolina, and Vermont were his main anchor points. He began performing in local blues bands at the age of 18. Too young to be admitted through the front door of a bar, Emmer often had to sneak in through the kitchen to play. A few years later, he found work in string bands and bar bands before focusing on the craft of songwriting. Never one to shy away from a side-hustle, Emmer has worked nearly 40 jobs to support his “music habit.” Grocery shelver, limo driver, waiter, museum attendant, and produce farmer- the list goes on. This varied background has become a key ingredient in Emmer’s writing.
Jackson Emmer is often compared to artists like John Prine, Guy Clark, and Roger Miller. 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.
“Dances like Roger Miller and stings like John Prine.”
– The Daily Country
“Colorado country is different than the rest, and Emmer avoids all clichés.” – GratefulWeb
High Res photos by Olive & West.
- 2019 – Cannes Film Festival – song featured in “Elwood Takes A Lover.”
- 2019– PBS – vocals for show theme in “P2R.”
- 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