Jackson Wetherbee-Jackson Wetherbee
Record Label: Flying Carpet Records
Release Date: Sept. 14, 2010
Boston singer-songwriter Jackson Wetherbee is lucky he has such a charismatic name. Had he been born Tom Smith or Mark Jones, there's a good chance his disappointing debut full-length might be even more lambasted. To be fair, Jackson Wetherbee isn't a colossal failure, it just never reaches its full potential.
On the horn-fueled treasure "Weeping Willow," he sweeps and glides with an effortless swagger, but never once does he revisit that energy. Aside from rousing album opener "Ages of Tomorrow" and the spartan ballad "Break it Down" Jackson Wetherbee just falls flat. There's also the problem of Wetherbee's genre of choice. Singer-songwriters will never go out of style, but the earnest acoustic introspection of John Mayer's Room for Squares is very much passe.
Had this disc been released eight years ago, there's a good chance the Bay State troubadour might be headlining concert halls and sharing bills with some of the grass roots scene's heavyweights. Of course dismissing a disc because of poor timing really comes across as more of an indictment of an artist's lack of talent or foresight. In truth, Jackson Wetherbee probably could have been better and one hopes his next disc is.
But let's not make a punching bag out of a starving artist. Instead, let's extol his virtues:
But even given those three traits, that's not a guaranteed recipe for success. So let's just call a spade a spade and get on with it. Jackson Wetherbee is a decent singer-songwriter that needs a lot more polish before he turns some heads. For now, let's just enjoy the awesomeness of his name. After all, he could have been born John Smith.
There is nothing unique about Jackson Wetherbee at all. His music is very ordinary, it sounds like so many of the artists of his type out there today. I saw him with his band. His stage presence leaves much to be desired. He is stiff and affected and looks uncomfortable in his own skin. All the songs sound pretty much the same. Very blah. Does he have a good voice? Yeah, sure. But go on Youtube and you will find a hundred other singers of his type that will blow him out of the water. He is mediocre and I believe he thinks he's alot better than he actually is.