Passion is what it takes for one to dream up their path in life. But discipline gives in to the course of action and for Jackson Wetherbee, these two components fuel his musical fire.
Jackson Wetherbee is a musician born and bred in the South Shore area, a sleepy beach town region just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Wetherbee has been honing his craft as an acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter since leaving college for the coffee shops and bars of the Boston suburbs nearly four years ago.
After a brief showcase for Jay-Z and L.A. Reid at Universal Records in 2007, Wetherbee returned home to get a band together. He was eager and undeterred, turning down a deal with Stolen Transmission in order to focus on his skills as a live performer. And with him in tow was seasoned guitarist and sound engineer Dave Malekpour. Together, the two began creating what would become their debut album, The Jackson Wetherbee Band. Pianist Paul Wolstencroft (Slightly Stoopid), bass player Robyn Soper (Adam Ezra Group), and drummer Chris Santos also lent a hand during the recording process.
September 14th, 2010 will mark the arrival of the Jackson Wetherbee Band’s new album on Wetherbee and Malekpour’s Flying Carpet Records. The twelve-song set is chockfull of sincere and honest lyrical illustrations and effortless feel-good anthems. From the funky bass lines of “Remember My Friends” and the carefree summer tones of “Weeping Willow” to the more introspective “Symphony of Dreams” and “We’re Not Giving Up Now,” Wetherbee’s heartfelt approach is pure. In the same vein of John Mayer and the Dave Matthews Band, it’s that poignant reflection that sucks you in and keeps you there.
So far, the band has been on a fast track to success. Earlier this year, the band won 92.9 Local Battle of the Bands to open the 17th Annual EarthFest in Boston, opening for the Gin Blossoms, Collective Soul, Crash Kings, and Marcy Playground.
In addition to playing at well-known Boston venues such as the House of Blues, Hard Rock Café, The Middle East, and Paradise Rock Club, the Jackson Wetherbee Band joined other local acts for the first annual FrankFest, a benefit concert for leukemia awareness on July 17th at the Hard Rock Café in Boston. Proceeds from the event went to support the Frank Says Hi Scholarship Fund, which was founded in memory of Frankie DeCandia who passed away in 2008 from chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).
Additional in-store appearances are also slated for this summer.
July 22 2010 The Red Parrot Nantasket Beach, MA
July 23 2010 The Tinkers Son Norwell, MA
July 24 2010 The New North Music Hall Hingham, MA
Dec 6 2010 The Cabby Shack Plymouth, MA