Jonathan Jackson, also known for his role in General Hospital, took a break from that Grammy-nominated show to record the five original songs (and a cover of "Unchained Melody" recorded at the Grand Ole Opry) that have become Blame-Shifter, which was recently released on May 13. The EP will be a part of Jackson + Enation's next full album, which is available through pre-sale on Amazon here.
On the EP, Jackson and his band alternate between noisy, guitar-driven anthems like the titular song and the acoustic ballad "Alleluia," which still features an intensity in his vocals and a background choir. "Let The Beauty Out" presents a both a thumping bass line and a driven guitar building to a climactic chorus and dramatic moments where all instruments drop out for Jackson's voice. Meanwhile, "Wasteland" is a more quiet, melancholic song about running away from your father's house and seeing something for which you are not prepared, set up only with keys and vocals. The collection of songs proves Jackson can be both quiet and loud, over-the-top and subtly affecting, but is always emotional.
Jonathan Jackson + Enation includes Jonathan Jackson on vocals and guitar, Richard Lee Jackson on drums, and Daniel Sweatt on bass. The group is currently touring and their tour dates can be found here.