|JONATHAN JACKSON & CHARLES
ESTEN: GREAT KICK OFF TO LIVE MUSIC AT
JACK AND JAMESON'S!
What a treat, getting to see Jonathan
Jackson and Charles Esten play a special
acoustic show at Jonathan's new
restaurant, Jack & Jameson's in
Franklin. This was the first (of many to
come) musical events at the restaurant,
and boy did they kick things off in style!
Jackson welcomed everyone, stating his
intentions were to create a nice family
friendly restaurant, with good live music.
The atmosphere is very homey, and the crew
treats you like friends. The food is good
ole Southern American fare with decent
prices. I had their All American burger
and it was excellent. Jackson was joined
onstage by friends Charles Esten and Colin
Linley (Deacon's guitar player on
Jonathan Jackson always puts on a good
show. He's got a great voice, and seeing
him acoustic only showcased it
further. His songs have a religious
influence with a rock edge, making for a
unique style. Jackson played all originals
for the crowd tonight, some from his band
Enation. One of the highlights of the
night for me was a song he said he'd only
performed once before, called "Sacred
Rage". Pretty and haunting all the
same, it was a nice tune.
Charles Esten is pure fun to watch, his
charisma draws everyone in. He's always
smiling, telling stories, and rocking out.
At one point Esten played a new
drinking song. He introduced it by saying
"Everyone has this bar which is really a
dump with crappy food, definitely not Jack
As the show drew to an end Jonathan
requested Charles perform "A Life That's
Good". Jonathan sang backup, and what
better to end the show than hearing the
two perform together a song Nashville fans
know and love.
As an added treat fans got the opportunity
to meet and greet with the artists after
the show. They posed for photos and signed
autographs for every last fan that wanted
one. Their characters, Avery and Deacon
may not always be the greatest of guys. In
real life, Jonathan Jackson and Charles
Esten are two of the most down to earth,
nicest guys you'll meet. You can bet
I'll continue to support them.