Singer/songwriter Jackson Dean is adding a major feather to his hat (he likes hats, more on that in a moment) this weekend. His new song, “Don’t Come Lookin’,” will be featured on Season 4, Episode 7 of Yellowstone on December 12.
The aforementioned track was part of Jackson’s self-titled debut EP, which was released in April via Big Machine Records. The 5-song offering will be included on the 21-year-old’s debut album, which is slated for March.
Outsider caught up to Jackson—who was in Las Vegas—to ask him 5 Questions about his Maryland roots, musical upbringing, hats, Yellowstone, and more.
1. Growing up in Maryland, what kind of music helped shape you because you have a bluesy, soulful, country sound?
Jackson Dean: Well, I grew up on everything from Hank Jr. to David Allan Coe to Springsteen to Led Zeppelin to AC/DC. And a whole bunch of blues. I love Taj Mahal. I love John Lee Hooker and Howlin’ Wolf. All that good shit. My family loves music. It’s a passion of ours to be like, “Oh man, this song slaps. I need you to check this out.” My whole family loves music, man. So that’s kind of where my sound came from.
2. What was your reaction when you found out ‘Don’t Come Lookin” was going to be featured on Yellowstone?
Jackson Dean: Well, we didn’t write it in mind for it. It was just me and Luke Dick at his house when we wrote it. But I think it was Big Machine that was like, “This would be awesome to get in the show,” and then I was sitting at my spot in Nashville one day smoking out of my pipe in the driveway, and Alex Sera from WME—she bounces around from L.A. to Nashville. She calls me and she goes, “Are you sitting down?” And I was like, “Oh, shit. What happened?” And she told me and I was like, “Are you f***ing kidding me?” It was good. It was real good. That’s one off the bucket list.
3. Are you a big Yellowstone fan?
Jackson Dean: Yeah, man. I’m a big Costner fan, and I’m a big Ryan Bingham fan. I mean, anything with Costner in it is gold. I grew up on Dances With Wolves and The Postman, all the great films of his, so I love Yellowstone. Of course, I love Rip. He’s just one bad motherf***er right there.
4. You’ve got a strong hat game. Big collection or true to your favorite?
Jackson Dean: So it’s this guy Gage Speas, the company’s name is Daisy May Hat Co. He’s a really, really cool, dude. He used to be in a metal band, a hardcore metal band, all tatted up. He used to work at hatWRKS in Nashville. Before that, he was a bull rider. So he’s had a crazy ride and he’s a great dude. He’s got some hats going to big people here in a little while. He was just like, “I just got bored one day and I said I want to make hats,” and then he just built a little business out of it. He makes great stuff. My tour manager actually got one first and then I saw his and I was like, “Okay, I got to have one,” and yeah, they’re great, man. I love them.
5. What can you tell me about your debut album and plans for 2022?
Jackson Dean: So we went in the studio and did five more songs. We got the same crew that played on the five songs on the EP. All the same players, same exact crew, went in and did five more songs at Blackbird Studio. It’s coming out in March. And we’ve got a radio tour booked for January, February, March, and then from then on, we’re expecting a lot to come in the first quarter of next year. And then we already got a whole bunch of festivals down, like Country Thunder and Highway 30. We’re going to be doing a lot of festivals.