10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: February 2017

From a goth-folk chanteuse discovered by Social Distortion's Mike Ness to an acerbic DIY singer-songwriter

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Jade Jackson

Jade Jackson

Sounds Like: A raspy-throated, confident-beyond-her-years songwriter channeling Hank Williams via a somber goth-folk aesthetic

For Fans of: Lucinda Williams, Lydia Loveless, Mazzy Star with an acoustic guitar

Why You Should Pay Attention: Growing up in the small town of Santa Margarita, California, in a house that was free of television and computers, Jade Jackson found entertainment in her father's record collection. She began writing songs at 13 and started playing live shows the following year. During an intimate coffee-house performance, Jackson's melancholic country-folk caught the attention of Social Distortion front man Mike Ness's wife and son, eventually leading the punk-rock legend to reach out to the young songwriter. Ness ended up producing Jackson's debut record (Gilded, coming this May on Anti- Records) and also invited her to open for Social D on their upcoming spring tour throughout March and early April. Jackson has also shared the stage with Merle Haggard, Rosie Flores and Dwight Yoakam.

She Says: "I've always been drawn to artists who write sad songs. Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt, George Jones and Mike Ness are a few who have done this well. I remember when I was a kid, my dad would spin Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska album over and over for days at a time. Songs like 'Mansion on the Hill' and 'Highway Patrolman' still inspire me."

Hear for Yourself: "Motorcycle" is Jackson's Western-noir take on the cocksure kiss-off song à la Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" or Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way." W.H.

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