When you hear classic rock, if you imagine a bunch of old guys reliving the past, think again. “Jackson Reed pushes classic blue collar rock buttons” according to music blog SongMight. Olivia Harrison even described Jackson’s guitar playing as having “a lovely ring to it.” Kenny Aronoff was reminded “of some Mellencamp songs I recorded with John” after working with Jackson.
When asked why he plays guitar-driven rock and roll straight from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Jackson says “the music back then provides a brilliant template for how to create pop music that is infectiously catchy. It’s pop music that truly reaches out to everyone.” Jackson, 24, believes that rock and roll can still be a major force in the world of pop music and he plans on making that a reality by writing radio-ready, commercial music that captures the essence of the songs we grew up with.
Jackson’s musical journey started as a child in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta, where he first discovered The Beatles. From there, he knew that playing rock and roll was what he needed to be doing with his life. In 2020, he was featured in Skope Magazine, and Indie Spoonful after he teamed up with Eugene Foley, who also works with artists like Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel to name a few. 2021 has been a productive year, as Jackson released his third single “The Walk,” and his first EP entitled “On Air.” Jackson also got to record with legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff for his fourth single “Dangerous Lover.” Jackson has toured in the United States, receiving warm reception in cities like Nashville and Atlanta. If you want to fly with the Silverbirds, listen to “Dangerous Lover” to see what Jackson Reed is all about.