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The Days Are Evil

by Jonathan Jackson + Enation

Alternative roots music, it's like Jack White meets Johnny Cash.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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Jonathan Jackson + Enation - Bio


Jonathan Jackson - Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Richard Lee Jackson - Drums & Percussion
Moon - Bass & Moog Synthesizer


Brothers Jonathan and Richard Lee Jackson began playing music together as kids. Their first experience with music was performing on stage with their father, Ricky Lee Jackson.

Once Jonathan (then 11) convinced his reluctant older brother (then 14) to jam with him in their parents’ basement, sibling cacophony led way to harmony — and that formed an unwavering foundation for Jonathan Jackson + Enation.

Originally from the Northwest, the brothers moved to Los Angeles in their early teenage years and began cutting their teeth on the Sunset Strip - playing iconic venues like The Whiskey A-Go-Go, The Roxy and The Viper Room before they were old enough to indulge in the free drinks offered to the other acts on the bill.

“Those initial gigs were amazing for us,” Jonathan says. “They really taught us a lot about fighting for a crowd to give you a listen. The music has to be good enough to win the room. There’s something you learn in that process that stays with you, even when you have your own fans at the shows.”

Jonathan recently completed 6 seasons on the critically acclaimed ABC/CMT drama “Nashville” as ‘Avery’, an up and coming musician trying to make it in Music City.

Jonathan has been writing songs since he was ten years old. Now as an adult in his thirties, songwriting and performing remain one of his greatest passions. JJ + Enation recently completed an international tour opening for the legendary post-punk band Echo & The Bunnymen, including a sold-out show at The Royal Albert Hall in London. Their blend of Rock, Alternative, and Americana gives them a diverse musical landscape to explore, with influences ranging from Echo & The Bunnymen, Simple Minds, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, and Leonard Cohen.

Since moving from the west coast to Nashville, TN several years ago, Jonathan has had the privilege of working alongside producers such as T Bone Burnett, Colin Linden, Buddy Miller, and Greg Archilla.

“When people like that walk into the room, the music immediately gets better,” Jackson says. “I’ve learned a lot just being in their presence and soaking in how they work.”

Jonathan is known as a dynamic and emotional performer, garnering visceral reactions and standing ovations from crowds at venues such as the O2 Arena, the Grand Ole' Opry in Nashville, or the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Jonathan is also known as an enigmatic and introverted frontman. Sit with him for any length of time and you’ll soon realize you’re more likely to catch references to Dostoyevsky, monks from Greece, or the Russian revolution of 1917 in his lyrics than the more superfluous themes in today’s pop music.

“We’re more interested in the deeper themes in life, the bigger questions, the stuff beneath the surface,” Jonathan says quietly.

Prior to joining up with the Jackson Brothers in JJ + ENATION, bassist Jonathan Thatcher, aka Moon, was a member of the U.K. based rock band Delirious?, a band the brothers were into.

The trio were friends for many years before a note of music was played together. “We first met each other at a gig in Los Angeles,” Jonathan says. “We became friends and eventually flew over and spent some time visiting Moon in the U.K. Years later, we eventually, somehow, all ended up in Nashville, which was great for our friendship. So when the time came for us to need a new bassist, he was the first person we wanted to have a conversation with.”

Their new album, Ultraviolet Empire, co-produced by Americana legend Colin Linden, is described as a throwback record, with artists like Echo & The Bunnymen, Peter Gabriel, and Simple Minds dominating their intra-band conversations while making the album.

“It's a throwback record, for sure,” says Jonathan. "It's a record we played together live in the studio. Most of the songs are one take - just letting a band play. It was amazing to capture something so raw and visceral."

“There’s something missing in so much of the music that’s out there right now,” Richard says. “Audiences are hungry for something genuine and different. We're not trying to sound like everyone else, we just wanted to make something genuine.”

JJ + ENATION have landed on the Billboard Top 10 (“Live From Nashville” DVD, #9) and have garnered numerous radio and TV appearances including live performances on The View and VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live. They have played to sold out audiences from Nashville to London, earning high praises from critics and fans. Rolling Stone says JJ + ENATION is …”Filled with electric guitars, chest-beating vocals and swirling synths…” while Billboard Magazine calls it “…anthemic rock… Tomorrow’s Hits… (JJ + ENATION is a) rock band on the rise.”

Connect with Jonathan Jackson + Enation:

Web: JonathanJackson.com
Instagram: @JonathanJacksonHQ
Facebook: @JonathanJacksonHQ
Twitter: @JonathanJackson



”Filled with electric guitars, chest-beating vocals and swirling synths…” - ROLLING STONE

“…Anthemic rock… Tomorrow’s Hits… (JJ + ENATION is a) rock band on the rise.” - BILLBOARD

“Their sound recalls the 90s grunge of Pacific Northwest, and is shaped by the influences of U2, R.E.M., and Pearl Jam… A Shock To The System… awesome. Honestly, it’s nice not to have to fake it for a change. I’m gonna tell you right now, go get this record. Very cool stuff.”

“A sound that blends the anthemic qualities of influences like U2 and R.E.M…” - USA TODAY

"Jackson’s emotive vocals soar… There are also some serious riffs… with stadium-sized ambition. Questing lyrics look for meaning… From start to finish, Anthems For The Apocalypse offers conclusive proof of Jackson’s talent as both a songwriter and performer. " - UK SONGWRITING MAGAZINE



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