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Watch: ‘Heavens To Betsy (Live At The Ryman)’
√ ACM New Male Artist of the Year nominee to perform ‘Fearless’ on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ April 18
Fresh off receiving an ACM Awards nomination for New Male Artist of the Year, Jackson Dean shares his “Live At the Ryman” album (via Big Machine Records).
Taking listeners to church as he seamlessly fuses his thoughtful writing, powerhouse vocals, stage savvy and electric energy across the eight-song set, Dean reaffirms he is a “sensation-in-the-making” (American Songwriter), and deserving of his recent windfall of industry recognition. Flowing exactly as it did on the iconic Ryman Auditorium stage, the reigning MusicRow Breakout Artist of the Year shares the magic of his live show, where his talent truly soars, as he rips through his catalog with a “style that contains zero electronic trickery” (Journal Star).
The 35-minute album whizzes by as Dean grips the Mother Church with rousing performances of songs from his critically acclaimed debut album, “Greenbroke,” in addition to two previously unreleased tracks, the show staple written with his longtime band members, “1971” and the highly demanded “Heavens To Betsy.”
Flipping the old-fashioned idiom into a more literal interpretation, “Heavens To Betsy” was written as a late father’s attempt to make amends with his daughter from the great beyond. Starting out as a stoic admission backed by acoustic guitar, the chorus comes in with an almost angelic five-part harmony before bursting into the second verse as it continues to build in intensity. A crowd favorite at his live shows, fans have been begging for a recorded version of the heartfelt tune – and Dean is delivering in the exact style they’ve come to know – live and full of vigor.
Watch “Heavens To Betsy (Live At The Ryman)” here.
Listen to the “Live At The Ryman” album here.
“Every night the boys and I put on a show that is all flesh and bone. We have an idea of a set list but, as far as the music goes, it’s purely fueled by the attitude and energy in the air; and the Ryman was an atmosphere that will stick with me forever,” Jackson said. “Those versions of ‘Wings’ and ‘Heavens To Betsy’ might be my favorite passes we’ve ever done. I’m grateful to be sharing those moments with the rest of the world.”
One of the fastest-rising talents in country music right now, in the past two weeks alone, in addition to releasing “Live At The Ryman” and its accompanying videos, Jackson has:
√ Earned an ACM Awards nomination for New Male Artist Of The Year
√ Been selected as an “Apple Music Country Riser”
√ Announced he will be performing on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” on April 18
√ Made his CMT Music Awards debut, complete with a performance and nomination
√ Premiered the epic music video for “Fearless (The Echo)”
√ Been announced as part of the “Opry Nextstage Class of 2023”
The 22-year-old’s current single, “Fearless (The Echo),” was the most added upon its impact on country radio and is currently climbing through the charts. The track was lauded by Billboard as “an honest, desperate, manly expression of the life-changing power of his mate” saying “the verses harness a Waylon Jennings-like gruffness in his lower range while the chorus showcases a Chris Cornell-ish ferocity in Dean’s upper reaches.” It is the follow up to his history-making debut single “Don’t Come Lookin.’ ”
More About Jackson Dean
Fast-rising country singer/songwriter Dean is quickly earning a reputation for his old school, gritty, lyric-driven, outlaw style of country, following a breakout year that landed him on “Pandora’s Ten for 2023” (all genre), “Spotify’s Hot Country Artists to Watch 2023,” “Apple Music’s Country Risers,” the “CMT Listen Up class of 2023,” “CRS New Faces 2023,” “Amazon Music’s 2023 Breakthrough Artists to Watch: Country Class,” as well as a slew of other artist to watch lists.
Mature beyond his years, Jackson opted to move out to a cinderblock, concrete floor, one-room shack on the back of his grandfather’s property with no heat and no plumbing at just 18 years old. An adventurous and carefree spirit, the 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist is also an old soul and skilled artisan whose pastimes include making leather goods, wood-burned art and disappearing into the woods to sleep under the stars.
Bringing that same sense of adventure and downhome vibe to his songwriting, the “modern-day Country rambler” (Taste of Country) burst on the scene, showing people how real music can be with his atmospheric, musically forward debut album, “Greenbroke” (out now via Big Machine Records). The Maryland native’s single, “Don’t Come Lookin’” was the fastest debut to reach No. 1 in 2022 and cemented Jackson as the youngest solo male country artist to reach the top of the charts with a debut.
Landing spots on the “Billboard Hot 100,” the soundtrack for Netflix’s “The Ice Road” and a John Dutton scene in “Yellowstone,” the rugged music video for the track also earned a nomination at the 2023 CMT Music Awards for Breakthrough Male Video of the Year.
His sophomore single, “Fearless (The Echo),” is currently climbing the country radio charts after being most added upon impact. His “Live From The Ryman” album featuring fan-favorite, previously unreleased track “Heavens to Betsy” is available now.
Following an early career of local performances in his hometown, Jackson has joined bills with superstar acts Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert, Kane Brown, Jake Owen, Brooks & Dunn, Lee Brice, HARDY and Brothers Osborne, and found himself on the bill for credible events like Austin City Limits and Stagecoach.
The young talent recently wrapped the “Back to the Honky Tonk Tour” with Blake Shelton and Carly Pearce, and will join dates with Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Jon Pardi and Parker McCollum later this year. Visit jacksondeanmusic.com for more information and upcoming tour dates.