Jackson Thatcher Makes CMA Music Fest Debut

Jackson Thatcher Makes CMA Music Fest Debut 


 Instrumentalist Set To Perform Music From 


Debut CD, 

The Path, At Two Shows This Week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 7, 2013) – Teenage guitar prodigy Jackson
Thatcher is making his performance debut at the schedule of events
surrounding the 2013 CMA Music Festival, presented through Sunday by the
Country Music Association. Thatcher is scheduled to play today at the
recently-opened Black Dog Market in Franklin and at the famed Douglas
Corner Cafe on Saturday as part of the Southern Trace Songwriters
Showcase. In addition to songs from his debut CD, The Path, the instrumentalist will perform signature musical arrangements.

“I was
born in Nashville, so I’ve known about the CMA Music Fest my entire
life,” Thatcher says. “To get a chance to play in a couple of shows
going on while so many people are in town to hear great music is really
sweet. I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
Both shows have been organized by Don Swartz of Southern Trace Songwriters.
  

Jackson Thatcher headshot black and white

“Jackson
has impressed me very much,” Swartz says. “His talent is God-given, but
he also has impressed me with his character. The future for Jackson is
bright, there’s no question. People need to get to know his name,
because they’ll be hearing it.”
Tonight, Thatcher kicks off a line up at 5:30 p.m. that also includes Kerry Leigh, Zak Shaffer and Dustin Craig. Cover for the Black Dog Market show is $5.

The show at Douglas Corner (2106
8th Ave S, Nashville) begins at 6 p.m. and continues until midnight
Saturday with a line up of musicians that includes Thatcher, 
Steve Mastro, Tommy Welton, Allison Bray, Jessie Kohut, Donna Frost and Band, Alicia Michilli, Dustin Craig, Bedhed and Blondy, Kerri Leigh. Zak Shaffer, Mississippi Millie and others. Tickets: $6 in advance at Douglas Corner; $10 at the door.
Thatcher released his debut CD, The Path, a collection of instrumental songs written by the then-14-year-old, on February 19. 
  
A
student of guitar virtuosos Pete Huttlinger and Mike Bauer, Thatcher is
garnering accolades from the music community, both within and outside
of Nashville.
 
  
“…From
the first notes I heard him play, maybe a year or two ago, yeah,
Jackson, I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but you’re a freak of
nature! And I say that with all due respect. But it’s true man, I just
can’t wait to hear what this guy keeps coming up with.” Jason Scheff,
lead singer, bass player, legendary band Chicago.
 
  
“In
all my years as a player and teacher, I’ve never personally known
anyone so accomplished at his age as 14-year-old guitarist, Jackson
Thatcher,” says Mike Bauer, solo artist who has also played with Pam
Tillis, Little Big Town, Bo Diddley and others. “His debut CD, The Path,
is a beautifully composed and performed project. The Path showcases his
acoustic guitar style which has a wonderful blend of both technical
prowess and heart with a writing style that’s both groovy and
optimistic.”
 
The Path CD cover
The Path releases February 19
Thatcher recorded The Path, which was produced by Jay Thatcher, with capital raised through the innovative Kickstarter “crowd-funding”
business model. In return for contributing financially to make the CD
possible, fans received pre-release copies of the CD, YouTube thank you
videos from Jackson Thatcher, and other rewards
.
 
Thatcher’s
acoustic guitar influences include Andy McKee, Sungha Jung, Tommy
Emmanuel and his mentor Pete Huttlinger. On acoustic guitar, Thatcher
incorporates the fingerpicking style of Huttlinger with the percussive
style of McKee. His electric guitar influences are Pat Metheny, Joe
Satriani and his mentor Mike Bauer. Thatcher recently was featured as a
soloist with the Cool Springs Youth Orchestra performing songs by Pat
Metheny and Elton John.
Thatcher
has performed at multiple venues in Nashville and the surrounding area
including Tin Roof Nashville, Puckett’s 5th and Church, The Factory at
Franklin, The Red House, Mellow Mushroom, Franklin Mercantile, Trevecca
Nazarene University, Mama Java’s, Nolensville Feed Mill, the Broken
Wheel Festival, Buttercup Festival and others
.
Thatcher,
a rising high school sophomore from Nolensville, Tenn., also is an
assistant teacher at Nolensville Guitar Academy. He has been studying
guitar since he was 10 years old.

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