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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Sept. 22,2010 5A JACKSON, from page 1A a feeling in just two or three verses." Jackson referenced Ap- palachian songs of the 1920s and '30s, which dealt with the death of babies, family tragedies -- heartbreaking subjects. The lyrics of country are a kind of almanac for all of life's situations. Jackson said, "Country music is never afraid to tackle any subject, no matter how complicated ... (.delivering) a short, true, powerful message." Jackson's own music has been influenced most directly by what he called "outlaw coun- try exemplified by Waylon Jen- nings, Merle HaggarcL Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris." He also incorporates the country rock style of Nell Young and the southern coun- try rock of Hank Williams, Jr. Jackson calls his take on country in "Plumas County" anthropological. He tries "to paint a broad spectrum of country and Americana... It signifies a journey through America both physically and musically." The title song has an "old George Jones country ballad" sound to it-- very slow, al- most melancholic. "Dead Roses" is a raucous, country rock song with Nell Young overtones, while ,'The Great Above" channels Hank Williams, Jr. The landscape of the Ameri- can West is a looming influ- ence on this first EP, and that West is best exemplified, for Jackson, by his own experi- ence in Plumas County. The cover photo shows a road that leads out into the physical landscape, and metaphorically, into the musi- cal one, as well. With its "wide open roads," it repre- sents the west as a "mythic place." Jackson still vacations here with his family and it contin- ues to form the backbone of his experience; he calls Plumas County his "ultimate favorite place." He and his band, "Bennett Jackson and the Ranch Hands," just completed their short "westwm:d~xphnsioK Tour," which .included that fa- mous venue, the Graeagle Outpost. "We had a great time at the Outpost," he said. For the rest of the band, Plumas County had been an artistic and musi- cal vision. They'd never "ex- perienced it and it was a real treat to see" the place behind the music. "It was nice to have been able to connect with the folks in Plumas County," Jackson added. Looking to the future, Jackson said while he loves ties the memory of an Ameri- the urban life and energy of can past to memories of his cities, he's also West Coast- own, showing a level of so- born and bred. In New York, phistication and comprehen- he admitted, "there's a lot of sion that would be impressive grind-- it gets a little tiring." in a man twice his age. He's planning to dive into It will be interesting to see country more fully at the be- what hebrings to us in ginning of the New Year, Plumas County and beyond in though, with a move to years to come. For now, to Austin, Texas, which blends learn more about Bennett that city energy with a close- Jackson and downloadthe knit musical community. Plumas County EP, go to This fall, Jackson and his Jackson's main music site, Ranch Hands will release a companion EP to "Plumas music or bennettjackson. County" entitled "Ranchera." (the homepage It will be a "country explo- for the "Plumas County" EP; ration of ties between Ameri- it can be purchased here). ca and the Mexican Ranchera The songs are also available tradition" that he learned for download and purchase from his grandfather, from iTunes and Amazon.corn Jackson continues to think under the name "Bennett and create in a tradition that Jackson." Bennett Jackson returns to his roots. Although Jackson finds his musical home in country, as exemplified by Plumas Coun- ty, he grew up in the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, co- founded by his dad, Tim Jackson. The elder Jackson is also the general manager of the Monterey Jazz Festival and a fine flutist and composer. Here, Bennett performs, alongwith his band, The Ranch Hands, at Kuumbwa's 35th anniversary cele- bration. Photo by" R.R. Jones Bennett Jackson calls Plumas County his ultimate best place. He's vacationed here every year for a lifetime. Here he is "at a very young age fishing at Sardine Lake with my morn." Photo submitted. Please join the Beokwourth Ranger District, Quincy Library Group, and other interested public for a field tour. The intent of this cooperative field tour is to see a defensible fuel profile zone (DFPZ) in the Mabie project area as well as dparian restoration treatments in the Ross Meadow area (photos above). The Mabie Project utilized an alternative fuel treatment to address smoke concerns around the Portola community and simultaneously improved forest health and promoted a fire-resilient landscape. These treatments are part of the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group (HFQLG) Pilot Project. More information about these and other HFQLG projects may be found at W~ere: Meet at Beckwourth Ranger Distdct (23 Mohawk Rd, Blairsden) at 9am When: 9am-3pm, Thursday, September 30, 2010 Details: The tour will be a combination of walking and driving. Padicipants are encouraged to carpool. Contact Sabdna Stadler to reserve a seat at (530) 836-7141. Please be prepared for hot weather. Bdng sturdy shoes, water, and a lunch. Hardhats will be provided / The cover of country singer-songwriter Bennett Jackson's new EP "Plumas County" is graced with a photo of a Sierra Valley ranch on the A23 between Beckwourth and Sattley. Jackson took the photo during a bike ride last year. Photo by Bennett Jackson Class o 2011 Senior Formal Picture Day Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 1 lam - 3pm Eagle's Nest, 446 Main St. (Next to Great Northern) No appointment necessary for the formal senior photo that will be e-mailed to Mrs. Redkey for the yearbook. 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