Columbus Ohio Concerts

Your hometown venue for Columbus Ohio Concerts,

Never miss your favorite artist again. From country and electronic to R&B and hip hop, the Bluestone brings quality entertainment to the stage. We’re working hard to bring you the best music and special events in Columbus, so keep an eye on our events calendar and check back often for updates. Just click on an event to purchase tickets.

At a time when the prevalence of women in country is being highly criticized, it was reassuring to witness one woman prove that they aren’t going anywhere. Jana Kramer is at the top of her game and has been impacting radio waves with her new single “I Got the Boy.” I have always enjoyed seeing Kramer live ever since I saw her open for Blake Shelton on the Ten Times Crazier Tour. Her performance last night blew all the previous shows out of the water. The energy she brought to The Bluestone in Columbus, Ohio was off the charts.

“I’d be lying if I said there was anywhere else I’d have rather spent my New Year’s Eve. It’s one thing to watch a show as a fan, but to be a friend & watch these fellas do what they love…it’s a feeling that can’t be put into words. I could’ve easily watched them sing their songs all night long and never have gotten bored. If this night was any indication of what 2016 is gonna be like, I’m pretty damn excited. These four dudes definitely lived up to the hype of making this show “A Night That You’ll Never Forget”. http://thetennesseelife.blogspot.com/2016/01/concert-review-nye-with-love-theft-joel.html

Sep
2
Fri
WCOL COUNTRY JAM 2016 FT: Hank Williams Jr., Chris Young, Justin Moore, The Charlie Daniels Band, Chris Stapleton, Aaron Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris and Cliff Cody at Legend Valley Music Center
Sep 2 all-day

It’s back and bigger than ever!  WCOL Country Jam 2016 will take place once again at Legend Valley Music Center located near Buckeye Lake. (7585 Kindle Road Thornville, OH 43076).

Campgrounds will open Thursday, September 1st at 10am, all spaces are first come first serve! .  All campers must have an admission ticket to the show.

This show is located at Legend Valley Music Center near Buckeye Lake

WWW.LEGENDVALLEYFESTIVALS.COM

Friday, September 2nd: Gates for the show will open at 5pm.

LINEUP:

CHRIS YOUNG            JUSTIN MOORE

The Charlie Daniels Band

Cliff Cody

Saturday, September 3rd.  Gates for the show will open at 4pm

LINEUP

HANK WILLIAMS JR

Chris Stapleton

Aaron Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Maren Morris

*Artists Lineup Subject to Change

Two Day Admission Tickets ($92 during presale, after presale $125): Include admission into the concert venue Friday and Saturday.  Tickets do not include re-entry (leaving the venue to go to campgrounds and back in venue) on the same day.

Friday GA Ticket ($65): Admission into concert Friday, September 2nd. Ticket does not include re-entry (leaving the venue to go to campgrounds and back in venue).

Saturday GA Ticket ($85): Admission into concert Saturday, September 3rd. Ticket does not include re-entry (leaving the venue to go to campgrounds and back in venue).

Friday Pit Pass ($125): Includes admission into the show and Pit Area located in front of the stage Friday, September 2nd Only. (see map). Pit Pass INCLUDES re-entry from Campgrounds to venue throughout the day unlimited times. Pit Pass print at home tickets will be redeemed on-site at the Box Office prior to entering the venue to receive your admission and pit pass wristband.

Saturday Pit Pass ($145): Includes admission into the show and Pit Area located in front of the stage Saturday,  September 3rd Only. (see map). Pit Pass INCLUDES re-entry from Campgrounds to venue throughout the day unlimited times. Pit Pass print at home tickets will be redeemed on-site at the Box Office prior to entering the venue to receive your admission and pit pass wristband.

CAMPING INFORMATION

Spend the weekend with WCOL Country Jam 2016!

Campgrounds open Thursday, September 1st at 10am.

Get setup and start your weekend early! Join us at the Campground Pre-Party Thursday evening in the GA campgrounds

(Valid Camping Pass is required)

Don’t miss this one week only pre-sale offer!

Half price General Admission Camping with purchase of 2 day pass

PRE-SALE PRICING ONLY (March 11th-19th)

General Admission Tent Camping: $32 (after pre-sale $65)

General Admission RV Camping: $62 (after pre-sale $125)

Premium Tent Camping: $100

Premium RV Camping: $200

Only one Camping pass per vehicle is required

Camping passes are valid September 1st at 10am – September 4th at 12pm

Any vehicle staying overnight requires a camping pass

General Admission Tent Camping: $32 (after pre-sale $65) includes one 10×20 space to park one vehicle and one tent. Each space allows as many guests as you would like in that tent but each pass will only park one vehicle overnight. General Admission camping is located on the west side of State Route 13 (map link). You will receive a confirmation of your purchase right away, and Camping Passes will be sent to the mailing address you provide during checkout.  Camping passes will ship approximately 2-3 weeks before the show.

General Admission RV/Camper Camping: $62 (after pre-sale $125) includes one 20×40 space to park one RV.  Pull behind campers will be allowed one camper and one vehicle per camping space. Each space allows as many guests as you would like in that RV but each pass will only park one vehicle overnight.  General Admission camping is located on the west side of State Route 13 (map link). You will receive a confirmation of your purchase right away, and Camping Passes will be sent to the mailing address you provide during checkout.  Camping passes will ship approximately 2-3 weeks before the show.

 

Regular Camping Prices (begins March 20th)

General Admission Tent Camping: $65

General Admission RV Camping: $125

Premium Tent Camping: $100

Premium RV Camping: $200

Only one Camping pass per vehicle is required

Camping passes are valid September 1st at 10am – September 4th at 12pm

Any vehicle staying overnight requires a camping pass

 

General Admission Tent Camping: $65 includes one 10 x 20 space to park one vehicle and one tent. Each space allows as many guests as you would like in that tent but each pass will only park one vehicle overnight. General Admission camping is located on the west side of State Route 13 (map link). You will receive a confirmation of your purchase right away, and Camping Passes will be sent to the mailing address you provide during checkout.  Camping passes will ship approximately 2-3 weeks before the show.

General Admission RV/Camper Camping: $125 includes one 20 x 40 space to park one RV.  Pull behind campers will be allowed one camper and one vehicle per camping space. Each space allows as many guests as you would like in that RV but each pass will only park one vehicle overnight.  General Admission camping is located on the west side of State Route 13 (map link). You will receive a confirmation of your purchase right away, and Camping Passes will be sent to the mailing address you provide during checkout.  Camping passes will ship approximately 2-3 weeks before the show.

Premium Tent Camping: $100 includes one 10 x 20 space to park one vehicle and one tent.  Each space allows as many guests as you would like in that tent but each pass will only park one vehicle overnight.  Premium camping is located on the east side of State Route 13 (map link). You will receive a confirmation of your purchase right away, and Camping Passes will be sent to the mailing address you provide during checkout.  Camping passes will ship approximately 2-3 weeks before the show.

Premium RV Camping: $200 includes one 20 x 40 space to park one RV.  Pull behind campers will be allowed one camper and one vehicle per camping space. Each space allows as many guests as you would like in that RV but each pass will only park one vehicle overnight.  Premium camping is located on the east side of State Route 13 (map link). You will receive a confirmation of your purchase right away, and Camping Passes will be sent to the mailing address you provide during checkout.  Camping passes will ship approximately 2-3 weeks before the show.

Chris Young LIVE at WCOL Country Jam 2016 at Legend Valley Music Center/Buckeye Lake
Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm

Chris Young will be performing live at WCOL Country Jam 2016 on

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 at Legend Valley Music Center near Buckeye Lake

 Gates for the show will open at 5pm.

Two Day Admission Tickets available for just $92 during presale March 11th-19th (after presale $125)

PURCHASE TICKET

Chris Youngwww.LEGENDVALLEYFESTIVALS.com

 

Justin Moore LIVE at WCOL Country Jam 2016 at Legend Valley Music Center/Buckeye Lake
Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm

Justin Moore will be performing live at WCOL Country Jam 2016 on

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 at Legend Valley Music Center near Buckeye Lake

 Gates for the show will open at 5pm.

Two Day Admission Tickets available for just $92 during presale March 11th-19th (after presale $125)
Friday Only Admission Tickets: $65

PURCHASE TICKETS

Justin Moore Approved Imagewww.LEGENDVALLEYFESTIVALS.com

 

The Charlie Daniels Band LIVE at WCOL Country Jam 2016 at Legend Valley Music Center/Buckeye Lake
Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm

The Charlie Daniels Band will be performing live at WCOL Country Jam 2016 on

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 at Legend Valley Music Center near Buckeye Lake

 Gates for the show will open at 5pm.

Two Day Admission Tickets available for just $92 during presale March 11th-19th (after presale $125)
Friday Only Admission Tickets: $65

PURCHASE TICKETS

Charlie Daniels Band Approved Imagewww.LEGENDVALLEYFESTIVALS.com

 

Sep
3
Sat
WCOL COUNTRY JAM 2016 FT: Hank Williams Jr., Chris Young, Justin Moore, The Charlie Daniels Band, Chris Stapleton, Aaron Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris and Cliff Cody
Sep 3 all-day

It’s back and bigger than ever!  WCOL Country Jam 2016 will take place once again at Legend Valley Music Center located near Buckeye Lake. (7585 Kindle Road Thornville, OH 43076).

Campgrounds will open Thursday, September 1st at 10am, all spaces are first come first serve! .  All campers must have an admission ticket to the show.

Show Located at Legend Valley Music Center near Buckeye Lake

WWW.LEGENDVALLEYFESTIVALS.COM

Friday, September 2nd: Gates for the show will open at 5pm.

LINEUP:

 ALL ARTISTS WILL BE PLAYING FULL SETS

CHRIS YOUNG            JUSTIN MOORE

The Charlie Daniels Band

Cliff Cody

Saturday, September 3rd.  Gates for the show will open at 4pm

LINEUP

HANK WILLIAMS JR

Chris Stapleton

Aaron Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Maren Morris

*Artists Lineup Subject to Change

Two Day Admission Tickets ($92 during presale, after presale $125): Include admission into the concert venue Friday and Saturday.  Tickets do not include re-entry (leaving the venue to go to campgrounds and back in venue) on the same day.

Friday GA Ticket ($65): Admission into concert Friday, September 2nd. Ticket does not include re-entry (leaving the venue to go to campgrounds and back in venue).

Saturday GA Ticket ($85): Admission into concert Saturday, September 3rd. Ticket does not include re-entry (leaving the venue to go to campgrounds and back in venue).

Friday Pit Pass ($125): Includes admission into the show and Pit Area located in front of the stage Friday, September 2nd Only. (see map). Pit Pass INCLUDES re-entry from Campgrounds to venue throughout the day unlimited times. Pit Pass print at home tickets will be redeemed on-site at the Box Office prior to entering the venue to receive your admission and pit pass wristband.

Saturday Pit Pass ($145): Includes admission into the show and Pit Area located in front of the stage Saturday,  September 3rd Only. (see map). Pit Pass INCLUDES re-entry from Campgrounds to venue throughout the day unlimited times. Pit Pass print at home tickets will be redeemed on-site at the Box Office prior to entering the venue to receive your admission and pit pass wristband.

CAMPING INFORMATION

Spend the weekend with WCOL Country Jam 2016!

Campgrounds open Thursday, September 1st at 10am.

Get setup and start your weekend early! Join us at the Campground Pre-Party Thursday evening in the GA campgrounds

(Valid Camping Pass is required)

Don’t miss this one week only pre-sale offer!

Half price General Admission Camping with purchase of 2 day pass

PRE-SALE PRICING ONLY (March 11th-19th)

General Admission Tent Camping: $32 (after pre-sale $65)

General Admission RV Camping: $62 (after pre-sale $125)

Premium Tent Camping: $100

Premium RV Camping: $200

Only one Camping pass per vehicle is required

Camping passes are valid September 1st at 10am – September 4th at 12pm

Any vehicle staying overnight requires a camping pass

General Admission Tent Camping: $32 (after pre-sale $65) includes one 10×20 space to park one vehicle and one tent. Each space allows as many guests as you would like in that tent but each pass will only park one vehicle overnight. General Admission camping is located on the west side of State Route 13 (map link). You will receive a confirmation of your purchase right away, and Camping Passes will be sent to the mailing address you provide during checkout.  Camping passes will ship approximately 2-3 weeks before the show.

General Admission RV/Camper Camping: $62 (after pre-sale $125) includes one 20×40 space to park one RV.  Pull behind campers will be allowed one camper and one vehicle per camping space. Each space allows as many guests as you would like in that RV but each pass will only park one vehicle overnight.  General Admission camping is located on the west side of State Route 13 (map link). You will receive a confirmation of your purchase right away, and Camping Passes will be sent to the mailing address you provide during checkout.  Camping passes will ship approximately 2-3 weeks before the show.

 

Regular Camping Prices (begins March 20th)

General Admission Tent Camping: $65

General Admission RV Camping: $125

Premium Tent Camping: $100

Premium RV Camping: $200

Only one Camping pass per vehicle is required

Camping passes are valid September 1st at 10am – September 4th at 12pm

Any vehicle staying overnight requires a camping pass

 

General Admission Tent Camping: $65 includes one 10 x 20 space to park one vehicle and one tent. Each space allows as many guests as you would like in that tent but each pass will only park one vehicle overnight. General Admission camping is located on the west side of State Route 13 (map link). You will receive a confirmation of your purchase right away, and Camping Passes will be sent to the mailing address you provide during checkout.  Camping passes will ship approximately 2-3 weeks before the show.

General Admission RV/Camper Camping: $125 includes one 20 x 40 space to park one RV.  Pull behind campers will be allowed one camper and one vehicle per camping space. Each space allows as many guests as you would like in that RV but each pass will only park one vehicle overnight.  General Admission camping is located on the west side of State Route 13 (map link). You will receive a confirmation of your purchase right away, and Camping Passes will be sent to the mailing address you provide during checkout.  Camping passes will ship approximately 2-3 weeks before the show.

Premium Tent Camping: $100 includes one 10 x 20 space to park one vehicle and one tent.  Each space allows as many guests as you would like in that tent but each pass will only park one vehicle overnight.  Premium camping is located on the east side of State Route 13 (map link). You will receive a confirmation of your purchase right away, and Camping Passes will be sent to the mailing address you provide during checkout.  Camping passes will ship approximately 2-3 weeks before the show.

Premium RV Camping: $200 includes one 20 x 40 space to park one RV.  Pull behind campers will be allowed one camper and one vehicle per camping space. Each space allows as many guests as you would like in that RV but each pass will only park one vehicle overnight.  Premium camping is located on the east side of State Route 13 (map link). You will receive a confirmation of your purchase right away, and Camping Passes will be sent to the mailing address you provide during checkout.  Camping passes will ship approximately 2-3 weeks before the show.

Chris Stapleton LIVE at WCOL Country Jam 2016 at Legend Valley Music Center/Buckeye Lake
Sep 3 @ 4:00 pm

Chris Stapleton will be performing live at WCOL Country Jam 2016 on

Saturday, September 3rd.

 Gates for the show will open at 4pm.

Two Day Admission Tickets available for just $92 during presale March 11th-19th (after presale $125)

PURCHASE TICKETS 

Stapleton 2015

www.LEGENDVALLEYFESTIVALS.com

 

Hank Williams Jr. LIVE at WCOL Country Jam 2016 at Legend Valley Music Center/Buckeye Lake
Sep 3 @ 4:00 pm

Hank Williams Jr. will be performing live at WCOL Country Jam 2016 at Legend Valley Music Center near Buckeye Lake on Saturday, September 3rd.

 Gates for the show will open at 4pm.

Two Day Admission Tickets available for just $92 during presale March 11th-19th (after presale $125)

PURCHASE TICKETS

Hank Williams Jr Approved Imagewww.LEGENDVALLEYFESTIVALS.com

 

Nov
30
Wed
The Cadillac Three at The Bluestone @ The Bluestone
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm

The Cadillac Three will be performing live at The Bluestone on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Opening Artist: Ryan Beaver

Doors for the show will open at 7pm

Tickets: $20 in advance (day of show price will increase to $25)

PURCHASE TICKET 

cadillac3


VIP OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE

VIP TABLE PURCHASE DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION TICKETS TO THE SHOW.  

Admission tickets must be purchased separately.

  • Loft Lower Tier: $250 (seats four people-no exceptions)
  • Prime view of the stage!
  • Includes first bucket of Miller or Coors Light
  • VIP Server
  • Exclusive Private Bar access
  • Loft Upper Tier: $200 (seats four people-no exceptions)
  • Includes first bucket of Miller or Coors Light
  • VIP Server
  • Private Bar Access
  • May have an obstructed view

*All VIP tables located in the loft area

*all purchases are final

“This is where I was born and this is where I’ll die.”

With that passionate battle cry, the centerpiece lyric of their anthem “The South,” The Cadillac Three have launched a movement in country music, forging a bond with fans both in the U.S. and overseas in a way not seen since Garth Brooks. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, the trio of singer-guitarist Jaren Johnston, lap-steel player Kelby Ray and drummer Neil Mason are brothers in “hell yeah!” spirit and in music. They are effortlessly cool, as real as they come and arguably the most vital addition to the country-music landscape this decade.

The proof lies in both their hard-rocking live shows and their blistering new album Bury Me in My Boots, their first recorded for Big Machine Records. Onstage, the group possesses a sonic power that other touring bands couldn’t match with double the players. Johnston sings and shreds with a room-filling “kiss my ass” attitude, Ray delivers slippery riffs and a phantom bass line on his steel, and Mason pulverizes the kit with the force of Zeppelin’s John Bonham. Remarkably, they’ve harnessed that same crackling energy on Bury Me in My Boots, a collection of 14 songs that were hatched the old-fashioned way: written on the road and tested live in front of an audience.

Jan
28
Sat
Whiskey Myers @ The Bluestone
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm
Whiskey Myers

Whiskey Myers at The Bluestone Jan 28th 2017

Whiskey Myers will be performing at The Bluestone on Saturday, January 28th

Doors for the show will open at 7pm

Special Guests: The Wans

Tickets are $12 in advance

PURCHASE HERE

-VIP OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE

-VIP TABLE PURCHASE DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION TICKETS TO THE SHOW.

Admission tickets must be purchased separately.

Loft Lower Tier: $250 (seats four people-no exceptions)
Prime view of the stage!
Includes first bucket of Miller or Coors Light
VIP Server
Exclusive Private Bar access
Loft Upper Tier: $200 (seats four people-no exceptions)
Includes first bucket of Miller or Coors Light
VIP Server
Private Bar Access
May have an obstructed view
*All VIP tables located in the loft area

*all purchases are final

Whiskey Myers makes honest music.

Loud and proud, they sing about what they know with a refreshing directness and clarity. Some call it rebel music, but it’s more like everyday soul. Their songs are stories, with charactersand situations that are immediately relatable. Stories of celebration, mourning, trials and triumph. Through the quality of these songs, and their undeniable power in concert and on record, the band has attracted a devoted army of outspoken fans who pack venues, sing the band’s praises online and continue to make Whiskey Myers a growing word-of-mouth sensation.

Whiskey Myers’ most recent full-length album, Firewater, was released on their own Wiggy Thump imprint in the spring of 2011. It continues to sell steadily, enjoying a remarkable run on the Texas Music Charts that culminated with its third single “Anna Marie” reaching #1. All over their home state, they are commanding larger and larger crowds, selling out 1,000-capacity venues with ease and delivering stadiumsized shows grounded in the sincerity and unpretentious, fun-loving energy of their bar-band roots. “Our fans always tell us how much they get out of seeing us play,” says lead singer Cody Cannon, “ but it’s a two-way street; we get something, too. They inspire us to dedicate ourselves more and more to our music and our sound. And it sure feels like it’s paying off.”

Mar
16
Thu
Granger Smith ft. Earl Dibbles Jr. @ The Bluestone
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm
Granger Smith and Earl Dibbles Jr.
will be performing live at The Bluestone on Thursday, March 16th
Doors for the show will open at 7pm
Opening Artist: TBA
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show
Tickets will go on-sale Friday, February 3rd at 10am

PURCHASE HERE

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RESERVED LOFT TABLE SEATING

RESERVED TABLE PURCHASE DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION TICKETS TO THE SHOW.  

Admission tickets must be purchased separately.

  • Loft Lower Tier: $250 (seats four people-no exceptions)
  • Prime view of stage!
  • Includes first bucket of Miller or Coors Light
  • Server
  • Exclusive Private Bar access
  • Loft Upper Tier: $200 (seats four people-no exceptions)
  • Includes first bucket of Miller or Coors Light
  •  Server
  • Private Bar Access
  • May be Obstruction in View

*All Reserved tables located in the loft area

My name is Granger Smith. Sometimes long, fancy industry bios are helpful, but other times you just need to hear from the guy actually living it, so here’s my story.

I was born and raised Texan, and I’m proud of that. I grew up along with two brothers, a couple of yellow labrador retrievers and parents that stayed together because they loved each other. My life changed when I was 14 years old and decided I would teach myself to play guitar. This was motivated by two things: I thought the guitar would make girls pay attention to me, and George Strait played one. By the time I turned 15, I was performing weekends on small town stages in North Texas, and doing my best as a fan club member to attend every George Strait concert within driving distance. Playing high school football was an important rite of passage for me, along with hunting and fishing, but the dream of a music career consumed me. At age 19, I was satisfied with enough songs I had written to make an album. As a freshman at Texas A&M, I was able to scrape together some studio money by pre-selling the album to friends around campus. For being just a kid, that album did pretty well. It landed me a songwriting deal with EMI Music Publishing in Nashville, and the following year, I took the leap to Tennessee.

Jun
23
Fri
Country Music’s Tony Jackson LIVE @ The Bluestone
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm

Country Music’s Rising Star,

Tony Jackson will be performing LIVE at The Bluestone on Friday, June 23rd

Doors for the show will open at 7pm

Opening Artist: Wyatt McCubbin

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of show

Tickets will go on-sale Friday, April 21st at 10am

PURCHASE HERE

Tony#1PRPhoto copyRESERVED LOFT TABLE SEATING

RESERVED TABLE PURCHASE DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION TICKETS TO THE SHOW.  

Admission tickets must be purchased separately.

  • Loft Lower Tier: $250 (seats four people-no exceptions)
  • Prime view of stage!
  • Includes first bucket of Miller or Coors Light
  • Server
  • Exclusive Private Bar access
  • Loft Upper Tier: $200 (seats four people-no exceptions)
  • Includes first bucket of Miller or Coors Light
  •  Server
  • Private Bar Access
  • May be Obstruction in View

*All Reserved tables located in the loft area

ALL SALES ARE FINAL

    Is it premature to see Hall of Fame material in a guy who’s just releasing his first album?

 Not if that guy is Tony Jackson. To put it plainly, Jackson is one of the most gifted singers ever to grace country music. His video “The Grand Tour” ignited an unprecedented 10 million Facebook views and 200,000 shares in just over 3 short weeks!

The respect Jackson has already earned within the music community is evident throughout Tony Jackson, as the new album is titled.  It features songs and/or performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members John Sebastian, Steve Cropper and Dr. John “Mac” Rebennack, Country Music Hall of Famers Vince Gill, Bill Anderson and Conway Twitty and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame luminary Norro Wilson.

But it is ease with which Jackson makes every song—even the familiar ones—distinctly his own that sets him apart.  Who else would dare to try and then succeed in bringing a fresh layer of emotional urgency to such a classic as George Jones’ “The Grand Tour” or Conway Twitty’s eternal “It’s Only Make Believe”?

On the first-time and lesser known songs, Jackson mints his own classics.  With its sweeping steel guitar flourishes and ambient barroom clatter, he transforms John Sebastian and Phil Galdston’s “Last Call” into the sweetest, most affectionate separation ballad imaginable.  With reverence and a twinkle in his eye, he enlists Sebastian and Vince Gill in revivifying (after 50 years) the Lovin’ Spoonful’s 1966 romp, “Nashville Cats.”  “When asked if we should recut the song,” Sebastian begins, “I said absolutely but we have to get Vince Gill, Paul Franklin and today’s real Nashville Cats in on the session and fortunately it was preserved on video,” he beams.

After capturing perfectly, the excitement of new love in Bill Anderson’s “I Didn’t Wake Up This Morning,” he moves on to a memory-stirring homage to Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr. and Willie Nelson in “They Lived It Up,” a lyrical scrapbook from Anderson and Bobby Tomberlin.

 Jackson shines as a keen-eyed songwriter in his own right with such memorable excursions as “Drink By Drink,” “Old Porch Swing” and “She’s Taking Me Home.”

 From start to finish, Tony Jackson stands out as a “discovery” album, the kind you listen to with such delight that you have to recommend it to friends.  And hundreds of thousands have done just that.

 Jackson is currently a headliner on the Old Dominion Barn Dance in Richmond, Virginia, and is almost certainly the only major bank executive ever to abandon a prominent IT job in finance at a Fortune 500 company to embark on a career in country music.  But he didn’t grow up a country fan.

The son of a Navy man, he led a base-to-base existence, at one point living with his family in Rota, Spain for three years.  His early musical background was sketchy at best.  “I sang ‘White Christmas’ in the Christmas play in the sixth grade,” he recalls.  ‘Everybody seemed to love it, but I was a wreck. My mother forced me to sing in the church choir, but I was kind of buried in the voices along with everybody else.”  This was basically his entire musical resume until ten or so years ago when a friend whose band had lost its lead singer asked Jackson to try out for the spot.  “I did,” he says, “and I was hooked after that.”

 Two weeks after graduating from high school, Jackson joined the Marines.  “I told my dad I was joining because I was sick of taking orders,” he says with a wry grin.  There was as much getting-ahead as gung-ho in Jackson’s enlistment.  “I was a computer and electronics geek as a teenager,” he says.  “When I talked to the recruiter, he told me the Marine Corps had just started a computer science school in Quantico, Virginia.  Fortunately, I scored high enough on the entrance exam to go to that school.” It was a smart move.  When he finished service, a prominent bank in Richmond snapped him up to work in its Information Technology division, initially assigning him the lowly chore of re-setting passwords.  “I was way overqualified,” he says, “so I got promoted fast.  I was a senior vice president by my early 30s.”

 It was while in the Marines that he first started paying serious attention to country music.      “My mother listened only to gospel,” he says.  “My dad was into jazz, hip hop, R&B, new jack swing—stuff like that.  But Armed Forces Radio played everything.  When I was living in Spain—when I was 10 to 13—Randy Travis came over there on a USO tour.  Some friends and I were out there early when they were setting up the stage, and we actually got to talk to him before we realized he was the guy who’d be performing later.  He was really cool to us. In the Marine Corps, when my friends and I played music for each other, we were all homesick.   So when you’d listen to these country songs that talked about family and home and heartbreak, it would really grab you.”