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Friday, May 25th - 7:00 PM
Raised in Corvallis, Oregon, Jackson Michelson kicked off his country career on the West Coast, carving out a sound that blended the rootsy twang of the American South with the sunny, feel-good spirit of the Pacific Coast. Nashville — the official capital of country music — lay 2,300 miles to the southeast, but Michelson focused on his home turf first, building an audience of West Coast fans who were drawn to his high-energy shows and relatable songwriting. By the time he did move to Nashville, he'd already spent years on the road, growing his fan base show-by-show and earning a record contract with Curb Records in the process.
It's been a wild ride for the man who grew up in the "Grass Seed Capital of the World," listening to the diverse sounds of his mother's favorite country songs and his Dad's soul records.
"Corvallis is a small college town," he says of his Oregon home, whose farms supply much of the town's teenage population with work during the warmer months. "You go to school, and in the summer you work on the farm starting at age 12. You either bale hay or drive the combine. That's what most kids do, every single year."
Once his older brother landed a record deal as a Christian artist, though, Michelson found himself with a different sort of summertime gig: selling t-shirts and CDs at his sibling's gigs. Touring the country at a young age lit a fire inside Michelson, who began playing in bands back at home. He started writing original music, too, drawing on his own experiences to create songs that balanced high-energy hooks with good-natured, real-world storylines. It was music shaped by what he listened to and where he came from.
Songs like "The Good Life," which has since become a popular track on SiriusXM radio, helped spread Michelson's music to new fans across the country. Most of the grunt work, though, was done on the road, where Michelson delivered more than 100 shows per year. He opened for artists like Lee Brice, Blake Shelton and Frankie Ballard, earning new fans along the way. To him, those fans were everything. They were his muse, his support system, his champions. Crowd interaction became a crucial part of every Jackson Michelson show, and he always ended each gig the same way: by meeting fans, shaking hands and becoming friends with those who enjoyed his music.
"Crowd engagement is so important to me," he says. "My show is just as much about the band paying attention to the crowd, as the band putting on a show for the crowd. It's not just about us; it's about the experience we're all gonna have together."
Now, with a record deal under his belt, Michelson is prepping for the next phase of his career. There are new shows to play, new songs to be written and new opportunities to explore. But he's still the boy from Corvallis, happy to sing about "The Good Life" — a life he's built himself, show by show and song by song — to an audience that continues to grow.
Friday, May 25th - 8:00 PM
It’s a long way from the outskirts of Bastrop, Louisiana, to the #1 spot at country radio, each mile marked by passion, perseverance, and sweat. But rising star Dylan Scott has made the trek.
“It’s like anything else, you have to work at it if you want it,” he says. “You can’t sit back and expect someone else to make it happen for you, you’ve gotta do it yourself.”
With his romantic #1 hit “My Girl,” Scott has certainly done that, paying his dues and transforming real-life experience into chart-topping success. Now with the album DYLAN SCOTT DELUXE EDITION, a new chapter begins.
Born into a musical family, Scott’s father played guitar for stars like Freddy Fender and Freddy Hart, regaling the youngster with stories from the road and encouraging his love for soul-bearing icons like Keith Whitley, Alan Jackson, and Tim McGraw. By the time Scott arrived in Nashville to start chasing his own dreams, he was still only in high school – but his drive was obvious for all to see.
He began writing songs with anyone who was willing, and hit the road hard. Then, after a blistering rise through the country ranks, his bootstrap pulling work ethic paid off in the summer of 2016. “My Girl” started marching to the top of the charts, earning Scott his first-ever Gold certification and revealing an artist with a knack for hot-and-heavy sensitivity.
Fans got the message, and Scott’s self-titled album debut landed at Number 5 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart, helping him gather 100 million Pandora plays, 170 million on-demand streams, and 1.5 million stream equivalent songs in the process. He made a triumphant Grand Ole Opry debut and launched a headlining tour, selling out some of the nation’s biggest clubs for crowds of over 3,000 – but now he’s circling back.
With DYLAN SCOTT DELUXE EDITION, this total-package artist is bringing new fans up to speed on where he’s been, and offering a look at where he’s headed next.
Three powerful new tracks join the original album’s 13 songs, all featuring a high-octane mix of current country and pop-friendly Southern rock that celebrates both his down-home roots and big-city ambitions. More than half of Scott’s songs have flowed straight from the young star’s pen, and more fans seem to latch on to his stories each day.
“When you see people smiling and forgetting about the work week and whatever’s going on in their life, that’s what’s inspiring to me,” he explains. “You always think ‘How cool would it be to write a song and go out to perform it, and have people know your music?’ But when it actually happens, it’s even better than you imagined.”
That feeling of connection first appeared as “My Girl” began its climb. Inspired by Scott and his wife Blair’s 10-year romance, the breakout talent says he almost declined to record the song – it was too personal.
“It’s basically me and my wife’s love story, and I was thinking ‘Nobody wants to hear all that mushy-gushy stuff,’” he says of the confirmed hit, co-written with Josh Kerr after Blair busted out an adorable (and unexpected) rap of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” “There are times when your wife or girlfriend will do things she wouldn’t do in front of anybody else. And us guys, we all see that in our girl – whether they realize it or not.”
Learning to take those little moments and turn them into country Gold has sent Scott on the journey of a lifetime, and he’s far from finished.
Adding fuel to the romantic fire in his chest, DYLAN SCOTT DELUXE EDITION is filled with heart-pounding beats and detailed, real-life love stories, plus vocals that combine the tender timelessness of his idols with a dose of laid-back country swagger. Still working with the production team of industry legend Jim Ed Norman, Matt Alderman and Curt Gibbs, each of the new tracks is unique.
“Hooked” – penned by Seth Ennis, Morgan Evans, and Lindsey Rimes – is a propulsive, white-hot anthem of desire, perfect for cranked up backroad cruising and downtown dancing alike.
Likewise, the lyrical attack and pounding rhythms of “Can’t Take Her Anywhere” hit like a punch to the gut, especially for anyone who’s watched heads turn as their girl walks across the room. It was written by Scott with Kerr and pop specialist Mike Krompass.
And meanwhile, the softer side of his muscular baritone wraps its arms around “Sleeping Beauty,” a stripped-down co-write with Alderman and superstar Lee Brice that sets another private moment to music.
Those three hits-in-the-making are just a taste of where Scott is going, and there’s much more to come. With his country dreams becoming reality and his first child on the way (a baby boy due in December 2017), a whole new world is about to open up. So lately, Scott’s been taking the words of Blair’s “My Girl” inspiring rap seriously – losing himself in the music, never letting go, and making his shot count.
“It really hasn’t sunk in yet that I have a #1 record, but it’s cool to experience people knowing your music and the lyrics to your songs, singing them back to you,” he says. “That’s what it’s all about. Growing up that’s what I wanted, and now it’s happening for real.”
Saturday, May 26th - 8:00 PM