Carl Jackson

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Carl Jackson
Born (1953-09-18) September 18, 1953 (age 64)
Origin Louisville, Mississippi, United States
Genres Bluegrass
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Banjo
Years active 1968-present
Labels Capitol
Sugar Hill
Universal South Records
Rounder Records
Shell Point Records
Mailboat Records
Sony Legacy Recordings
Associated acts Jerry Salley, Larry Cordle

Carl Eugene Jackson (born September 18, 1953[1]) is an American country and bluegrass musician. Jackson's first Grammy was awarded in 1992 for his duet album with John Starling titled "Spring Training." In 2003 Jackson produced the Grammy Award-winning CD titled Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers - a tribute to Ira and Charlie Louvin. He also recorded one of the songs on the CD, a collection of duets featuring such artists as James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and others.[2]


Carl Jackson's musical career began in childhood. At the age of 14 he was invited to play banjo for Jim and Jesse and the Virginia Boys, one of the most respected bluegrass bands at that time. After five years with Jim and Jesse, Jackson tested the musical waters elsewhere before landing a job with Glen Campbell. Jackson remained in Campbell's band for 12 years.[3]

Jackson continued to work in Nashville as a songwriter and musician. Between 1984 and 1985, he charted three singles on the Billboard country music charts, including the No. 44 hit "She's Gone, Gone, Gone".[1] Jackson was also named Bluegrass music's MVP in 2006. He also earned the International Bluegrass Music Association's Song of the Year award in 1990 for "Little Mountain Church House", which was recorded by Ricky Skaggs and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Jackson has written songs performed by Glen Campbell ("Letter To Home"), Garth Brooks ("Against the Grain", "Fit for a King"), Alecia Nugent ("Breaking New Ground"), Terri Clark ("Hold Your Horses"), and Rhonda Vincent ("I'm Not Over You"), among others.

Jackson's "Lonesome Dove" was recorded by co-writer Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, Ricky Skaggs, Trisha Yearwood, and Tim Hensley, in addition to his own rendition on the album with John Starling, "Spring Training", which featured Emmylou Harris and her Nash Ramblers band. The CD was released in 1991. Jackson received a Grammy award that year for "Spring Training". In 2003, he was awarded another Grammy for producing Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers.

In 2010-11 Jackson produced Mark Twain: Words & Music[4] as a benefit for the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, Missouri. The double-CD tells Twain's life in spoken-word and song and features Jimmy Buffett as Huckleberry Finn, Garrison Keillor as narrator, and Clint Eastwood as Twain. Singers include Brad Paisley, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Sheryl Crow, and more. Also in 2011, Jackson was honored by the Mississippi Humanities Council for his musical legacy. Jackson was furthered honored by his home state of Mississippi with the installation of a Country Music Trail Marker located at 143 South Church in his hometown of Louisville.[5]

On May 12, 2015 Sony's Legacy Recordings released Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, which Jackson produced as a benefit for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Tennessee.[6] Rusty Morrell was the executive producer. Like Mark Twain: Words & Music the project is a double-CD using spoken-word and song to tell a larger story. Orthophonic Joy combines updated versions of songs recorded at the original 1927 Bristol Sessions, also known as the "big bang" of country music, with story tracks that provide context.[7] Artists include Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Dolly Parton, Ashley Monroe, The Shotgun Rubies, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Vince Gill, Keb' Mo', The Church Sisters, Corbin Hayslett, Brad Paisley, Carl Jackson, Ashley Campbell, Shannon Campbell, Sheryl Crow, Larry Cordle and the Virginia Luthiers, Jesse McReynolds, the Chuck Wagon Gang and the Orthophonic Choir, which consists of the collective voices of everyone involved in the project. WSM disc jockey and radio legend Eddie Stubbs narrates the spoken word tracks, which were written by Cindy Lovell[8]

On December 7, 2017 Carl Jackson was married to Robin Hamric Jackson.



  • Gospel Special with Page Family
  • Bluegrass Festival (1971, Prize)
  • Carl Jackson:Banjo Player (1973,Capitol)
  • Old Friends (1978,Capitol)
  • Banjo Man:A Tribute To Earl Scruggs (1981,Sugarhill)
  • Mississippi Homecoming (1981)
  • Song Of The South (1982,Sugarhill)
  • Banjo Hits (1983,Sugarhill) with Jim & Jesse
  • Spring Training (1991,Sugarhill) with John Starling & The Nash Ramblers
  • 'Neath The Oaks In The Grove (1993)
  • Songs Of The South (2001,Sugarhill) "compilation"
  • Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited (2015, Sony Legacy Recordings)


Year Single US Country
1984 "She's Gone, Gone, Gone" 44
1985 "All That's Left for Me" 70
"Dixie Train" 45
1986 "You Are the Rock (And I'm a Rolling Stone)" 85


Grammy Awards[9][edit]

IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards[10][edit]

  • 1990 Song Of The Year: for Little Mountain Church, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artists), Jim Rushing & Carl Jackson (songwriters)
  • 2004 Album Of The Year: for Celebration of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, various artists incl. Carl Jackson
  • 2004 Event Of The Year: for Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers, produced by Carl Jackson


  1. ^ a b Bush, John. "Carl Jackson biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  2. ^ Net Radio Dogs (2015-07-01). "Carl Jackson discusses his career and Orthophonic Joy at Station West Studio" (Interview). YouTube. Retrieved 2015-07-20. 
  3. ^ Biography of Carl Jackson - Grammy Award Winning - Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Producer, & Publisher
  4. ^ Cindy Lovell. "Mark Twain: Words & Music - A Stylish Miracle to Fend Off Hard Times". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Carl Jackson Country Music Trail Marker". Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Beville Dunkerley. "Dolly Parton, Steve Martin Among Acts Saluting 1927 Bristol Sessions". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Birthplace of Country Music Museum. "Orthophonic Joy". Archived from the original on 14 May 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  8. ^ John Lawless. "More on the Bristol Sessions Revisited Album". Bluegrass Today. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Grammy Award Winner Search[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ IBMA Award Past Recipients Archived February 23, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.