• Jackson & Clarke
  • JACKSON & CLARKE are a UK-based 6-piece country rock band.

    Jackson & Clarke came together in early spring 2017 after meeting through a radio station on social media. Paul Jackson and Liz Clarke chatted about music after listening to each other’s songs. They agreed to try a duet as they both felt the vocals would blend and both wanted the same from the music.

    A few weeks later Liz asked Paul if he would record "Let’s Make Love", a song which was a huge hit for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Liz felt the song would be good to test their vocals. Paul has a perfect country rock voice and anamazing range. Liz has a pure, clear clean vocal. Liz says, “It took me weeks to get him to record... a lot of persuasion getting him into the studio digging his heels but gentle push and wow... results. And what a result! Paul is a perfectionist and spent a lot of time on this getting it just right and it has all paid off."

    Paul Jackson is a well known, well established and very accomplished musician who has no end to his incredible musical capabilities. This shows in his performances. Paul is from Sunderland and made his name in the early 90s with the fantastic band Roadhouse. It was an AOR band who made many appearances on MTV.

    Paul was the lead singer and wrote all songs on the Roadhouse album and worked alongside Def Leppard original guitarist Pete Willis and fantastic drummer Frank Noon. Roadhouse had 5 top 20 hit songs including "Hell Can Wait" and "Tower Of Love" which is featured on the soundtrack to the movie "Harley Davidson & Marlboro Man" starring Don Johnson and Micky Rourke.

    Paul then moved into the country music scene. In 1994, he launched the Smith & Jackson band with Jimmy Smith and they were one of biggest new country bands in British country music. Paul took this band on they road. They were invited to the US and were based in Phoenix, Arizona before being invited to play the Country Thunder Tour. They played alongside some big names including Lonestar, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes and Toby Keith. Smith & Jackson also appeared on TV on Good Morning Arizona, KLME Country and The Steve Goddard Show.

    During their time in the Statems Paul's band opened for Freddie Fender, Bighouse Country Band & the fantastic Junior Brown. Smith & Jackson were managed by former Kiss producer and manager Sean Delaney who sadly passed away in 2003.

    Smith & Jackson split in 2007. Paul then continued as a solo artisteand the other half of kiss’s management Bill Aucoin came to the UK to hear Paul. He liked what he heard and flew Paul to Nashville to meet the very talented hit song writer Kostas Lararides who was inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Paul has become great friends with his and his songwriting partners.

    Paul has now teamed up with Scottish female country vocalist Liz Clarke for the next chapter of his musical career. Liz was born in Glasgow, lives in central Scotland and has been on the Scottish music circuit for over 20 years.

    Liz and her husband, who plays keyboards, started their own band called Eclipse. The 3-piece all genres covers band featured Liz on backing vocals, her husband on keyboard and guitarist lead/vocalist Brian Douglas. The band became very busy with 3 to 4 shows per week. They were one of the most successful bands in Scotland. After 4 years the young lead vocalist Brian left to get married so the trio became a duo with Liz moving to lead vocals.

    While still at top of their game with plenty of work coming in from venues around Scotland, Liz decided to form Stetsons & Heels country music trio - adding guitar again. This enabled them to add country music to their repertoire. Eclipse and Stetsons & Heels are still performing today. Liz still plays shows with them regularly in Scotland.

    In 2015 Liz’s career turned round and she was approached by Janey Kirk to appear on her TV show on Sky television's Keep It Country music channel. To Liz this was huge: she had never recorded a song let alone appear on television.

    Liz then booked a studio and began recording music. She says it was the most nervous thing she had ever done. She got a few songs recorded then booked her slot on the TV show. Liz was then picked up by Irish promoter Eamonn Hayes who booked her to support Irish singing sensation Dominic Kirwin in London.

    During this time Liz had put some of her songs on Soundcloud and within a few days she was approached by T Jae Christian in Nashville. T.J is a successful country music singer/songwriter and owner of Universal Sounds Records. He asked Liz if she would record a duet with him. Liz could not believe her luck to be in the position to sing and record with a known Nashville artiste and musicians. She accepted and The Vanishing Breed was recorded. It charted at No 2 in the European country music charts and this was the start of Liz moving into the country scene.

    Liz then had many appearances on Sky TV and became a household name. She continued recording and released her second single "Blue Skies Over Georgia" which was written by Mark Moseley from Nashville. It charted at number 5 in the European chart.

    Liz continued to go from strength to strength with regular TV appearances and radio interviews and then released her first album. "The Vanishing Breed" was released in 2016 and sold 200 copies in six months. By then Liz was becoming more in demand. She kept in touch with Nashville with T Jae Christian guiding her in the correct direction. She also took her music to the people of Ireland and had many number one songs in several Irish music charts. She made some great friends there and supported Dominic Kirwin in London.

    During 2016 Liz began her second album while still filming for the TV show. She continued dueting with T.J and, in August 2016, she travelled to Nashville to record with some fantastic musicians at The Sound Kitchen Studios with T.J and Mark. Liz was introduced to some great people in the music industry including Roy August, Johnny Moore, Tommy Cash,Casey Anderson many more.

    On returning to the UK, Liz completed her second album and scheduled a launch show at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry for May 2017. The album was called "A Night At The Opry'. Liz is now in the process of making her third album, "My Nashville Dreams". It will be an album of all original songs.

    Now their new chapter begins Jackson & Clarke a force of musical history and talents to be reckoned with and new album coming soon……..

    Jackson and Clarke have had a great deal of success in the monthly UKCountryRadio.com Most Heard Chart. Their single "Let's Make Love" was the number one most heard song for three months and was the number 3 Most Heard song on UKCountryRadio.com during the whole of 2018.

    Similar, their single "Love's Embrace" was also a number one most heard song for several months and finished as the number 3 Most Heard song on UKCountryRadio.com during 2019.

    2020 promises to be a busy year for Jackson & Clarke. They are looking forward to many more performances, following their appearances at the Boots & Roots Festival in March, the Belford Kicking Country Festival and the Rockridge Roundup.

    In 2019, Jackson & Clarke were Finalists for two UK Country Music Awards - for UK Country Duo of the Year and UK Country Artist Of The Year. They also received two nominations for the prestigious red carpet Josie Music Awards at Dollywood in Tenneesee.

    In 2019, Jackson and Clarke expanded from a duo to a six-piece band - The Jackson and Clarke Rock n Rodeo Band. The Jackson and Clarke Rock n Rodeo Band are a 6-piece band formed in 2018. Paul Jackson is the musical director and lead/rythmm guitarist vocals and songwriter of the band. Liz Clarke is on vocals and plays accordion and keyboards. Paul's former duo partner Jimmy Smith returns on lead guitar and vocals. Baz Crosby is on drums, Don Meah on bass guitar and vocals and Gary Macfarlane on keyboards.


    Jimmy Smith - lead guitar/mandolin/banjo/keyboards/ukulele
    Jimmy is a professional musician and songwriter. He produces music and videos. Jimmy was born in Dublin, Ireland where he started his career at a very young age on guitar. Jimmy got his first break at the age of 12 when he appeared on a weekly slot on children’s TV on RTE. He then went on to join an Irish Showband in his teens with Danny Fontana touring Ireland England Wales and Scotland.

    Jimmy moved to north east England and, after performing on the club and cabaret scene, he teamed up with Paul Jackson to form the Smith and Jackson duo. They recorded two albums of original songs and toured the states in the late 90s appearing on The Thunder Country Tour alongside the likes of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Freddy Fender to mention.

    After returning to UK Jimmycame off the road and started working in education running music projects for SAGE Gateshead. Then he returned to performing, touring all over Europe playing guitar with Irish singer songwriter Kieran Halpin and playing on two of his albums. He is currently working on local projects. One is with Baz Crosby and Don Meah and Lewis Thubron in Snakeoil and making music videos working with local musicians.

    Don Meah - bass guitarist
    Don started off in the folk scene in the 1960s, trying to be the North East's answer to Bob Dylan. In the late 60s and through to 1977, Don had his own band High Force. With Don on lead vocals and guitar, they the very busy music scene for many years. The band split in 1977 and Don was resident lead vocalist and guitarist for a time with The Colin James Band at Sunderland Mecca. He then moved on again in different bands through the 80’s including Driftwood and Smiler, as lead vocalist and guitarist. After a few years, Don became disillusioned with the music scene and stopped playing for about 7 years. Don returned to music completely by accident in the mid 1990’s at a party with local musician and promoter Paul Tempelman who managed the best music pub in Sunderland The Ropery. They formed the band Snakeoil with Paul Jackson, Eric Green and Baz Cameron. Don started playing bass and they had a fantastic time over the years that followed.

    Snakeoil disbanded in 2004 and Don decided to move to Spain. He lived in Valencia for over 2 years and played with some local rock musicians.

    Don came back to the UK in 2007 when the grandkids started to arrive, He Reformed Snakeoil this time with Jimmy Smith, Baz Crosby and Baz Cameron. Don was on lead vocals and bass. He formed a duo with Jimmy as well as the band. The band eventually folded but Don continued with the Snakeoil Duo, then, in 2017 formed The Usual Suspects with Jimmy Smith, Baz Crosby andLewis Thubron. Through that whole period he worked from time to time with his good mate Paul Jackson and met Gary Macfarlane and Liz Clarke, In 2018, he joined the initial lineup of The Jackson & Clarke Rock N Rodeo Band.

    Baz Crosby - drums
    From being self-taught from a very early age, Baz has established himself as a hugely well rounded and very diverse drummer. Playing everything from, Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Funk and Soul ect, he has worked with some of the most popular and finest musicians throughout The North East of England.

    Baz started out his musical career performing, recording and touring with a long list of original artists and bands, before earning his reputation in the world of covers music. It is there that he met fellow band mates, Don Meah, Jimmy Smith and Paul Jackson, who would then be introduced to Liz and Gary.

    He has also been very fortunate to have performed with supporting acts playing with artists such as John Miles, The Stranglers and Tom Jones, as well as touring with a 10 piece Elvis tribute band. When not performing, Baz is very passionate about producing his own material based on electronic and experimental genres. He has also worked as a drum teacher and DJ, for a considerable number of years.

    Gary Macfarlane - keyboards
    Gary began playing keyboards at a very young age. He was 10 years old when he learned to read music and, by time he was 14, was performing regularly. When he was 15 he joined a school rock band called Livewire with school friends Lawrence Mitchel on rhythm guitar, Ian Tilly on bass and lead vocals, Graeme Aitken on rhythm guitar, Ian Tilly on bass and lead vocals, , Graeme Aitken on lead guitar and Frankie McMillan on drums. They were a rock band and played at festivals and rock venues in the East of Scotland. After couple of years the line up changed, they got new bass player Ian Chapman and new drummer James Harnes. They carried on doing rock festivals and clubs around Scotland until 1980 when the band folded due to members getting married. That included Gary who married Elizabeth Clarke McColl (Liz Clarke).

    After a 6 year break from music Gary, then joined another well-known 90s rock band called Powerhouse with Colin Crozier on guitar and vocals, Lee Sheridan on lead guitar, Pete on drums and Gavin on bass. They played all over Scotland. They were offered a record deal but it fell through because a member of the band pulled out. That led to the band folding.

    In 2000 Gary and Liz formed Eclipse - a 3-piece covers club band which continues to perform all over Scotland.They also had the country band Stetsons and Heels from a duo to a 6-piece country band from 2010 and played country shows under the agents in Scotland. Gary also was part of a Meatloaf Tribute Band and freelances with another band in Scotland called Misty when needed. Gary still performs with Liz in Scotland when not working with Jackson & Clarke

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