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So back in February Rolling Stone Country published their monthly New Country Artists You Need to Know list, if you’re a country music fan it’s an important list to check for discovering a new artist. Now on that list was Jade Jackson, where they described the young singer-songwriter as “a raspy-throated, confident-beyond-her-years songwriter channelling Hank Williams via a sombre goth-folk aesthetic.”

You read that right, Hank Williams! Now in anticipation of her debut album Gilded, produced by Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness which is release19th May, Jade has released a new video for her song “Finish Line”. The intensely personal and beautifully evocative clip, directed by Andrew Van Baal (Mark Lanegan, Eels, Sean Rowe) provides an ideal visual accompaniment for the song.

Jade Jackson
Jade Jackson

As Jade explains, “Before we shot the video for “Finish Line”, the director, Andrew Van Baal, came to visit my hometown of Santa Margarita. I was able to show him places that hold value to me, from where we rehearse in my neighbor’s garage to my parents’ restaurant where I’ve worked since I was thirteen; literally every detail in the video was directly lifted from my life. I was shocked that Andrew wanted to capture such an authentic representation of my background; from the lyrics of the song to the location of the video, this is 100% autobiographical. What an incredible experience it was to film something in a few days that was 24 years in the making.”

Watch “Finish Line” above or by clicking here.

Gilded is unapologetically country rock, merging the heartbreak and resilience of Lucinda Williams with the melodic confidence of Emmylou Harris, yet containing the emotional presence of a young musician who cherished albums by The Gun Club and Smiths alongside the works of George Jones and Hank Williams.

Mike Ness says of their collaboration, “I wouldn’t have done this record if I didn’t believe in her and her potential. The songs were amazing and came to life each week we worked on them. She is an old soul and it comes through in her songwriting and performing. She truly is one of a kind, raw and unique. She put her trust in me and I trusted she’d deliver and she did.”

Jade Jackson is currently touring with Social Distortion in the US. Please click HERE for the full list of dates

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