Jackson Stokes

The Historic Grants Lounge at Grant's Lounge

Macon, GA

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For guitarist and singer-songwriter Jackson Stokes, great musicians make great neighbors. Even as a youthweaned on classic rock- his first concert was Lynyrd Skynyrd- Stokes was unaware that living across the streetfrom his St. Louis home was guitarist and singer-songwriter Devon Allman. Allman’s family tree is impressive asthe son of Gregg Allman and nephew of Duane Allman of Allman Brothers Band fame. Yet, Stokes knew little ofthe legendary group. Encouraged by his father, and holding his guitar, the 11-year-old Stokes knocked onAllman’s door.Allman, two decades his elder, heard something special in the young Stokes and encouraged him to continuelearning and growing as a musician. Stokes dutifully attended Allman’s Honeytribe rehearsals, sitting quietly inthe corner while the group worked up its repertoire. At 14, Stokes had developed into a prodigious firebrandwith a passion for the blues, teaming with another area wunderkind, Marquise Knox, and performing his firstprofessional gigs.By 18, his experience playing in high school garage bands, and with an All-State school jazz band, expanded hisrock-and-roll palette. He attended Drury University in Springfield, earning a degree in music therapy, whilemaintaining a friendship with Allman, who encouraged Stokes to further sharpen his songwriting skill. InMemphis in 2012, Allman produced a five-song EP, Witness, from the Stokes-led band, Delta Sol Revival.DSR toured regionally until 2016 when Stokes and Allman began discussing recording his solo debut. The pairreturned to Memphis for the initial sessions, as Allman invited Stokes to join the Devon Allman Band for 2017,and subsequently the Devon Allman Project for a world tour in 2018. On days-off from the road, Stokescontinued work on his album, organically building the full-length.In May of 2019, Stokes put the finishing touches on a striking inaugural effort. Produced by Allman, it is a leanand focused set of rock-and-soul, including an ambitious Talking Heads cover, and a depth of original materialranging in style and subjects. From the Memphis stroll of the opening “Can’t Getcha Out,” through the reflectiveacoustic closer, “Take Me Home,” the debut encompasses Stokes’ wide swath of influences and tastes. There’sthe ‘60s R&B update that morphs into modern rock on “Slave,” the staggering punches of overdriven guitar on“Time is Now,” and the midnight seduction of “Contents Under Pressure.” A flourish of pleading guitars finishesthe slowly climbing blues-rock centerpiece, “You and Your Partner,” while David Byrne meets Southern funky on“Life in Wartime.” As well, Stokes welcomes the sunny-days slide guitar of The Allman Betts Band’s Johnny

Stachela to brighten the Southern sway of “Sins Are Forgiven,” complementing that with the chunky Saturdaynight blues of “Whiskey.”Naturally, the nine-song record offers plenty of the fiery guitar that has been the calling card of Stokes’ careerfor this first decade, showcasing the stellar reputation he’s earned sharing the stage with such icons as RobertCray, The Wailers, and Robert Randolph, as well as Warren Haynes, Lukas Nelson, and Marcus King. Yet, it’s aconspicuous emphasis on Stokes’ escalating songcraft that also shines as brightly on this initial release.“I really do enjoy playing guitar, but I also love songwriting. I love the whole process,” says Stokes. “I think thisalbum is very representative of a natural maturation, of how I’ve been viewing things on my journey. And,hopefully, it’s a journey that’s just beginning.”

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560 Poplar St, Macon, GA, 31201

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Jackson Stokes