Jackson Eli is a Dallas-based performing artist who plays and sings a variety of styles - classical, western swing, pop, rockabilly, blues, rock, hot jazz, and singer/songwriter tunes. As a performer, he is somewhat unique in that he can switch between such genres of classical to blues to western swing seamlessly. His strength is the variety of his repertoire. In high school and throughout college at UNT, he studied guitar with Tom Johnson. Mr. Johnson is the head professor and founder of the classical guitar program at University of North Texas. He also studied Integrative Studies and Early Childhood Development while attending UNT. Jackson incorporates these skills he learned into his music teaching and performances.
Jackson performed in Austin for 7 years, playing the mix of music mentioned above as well as his own original tunes. Over the last few years, he has performed solo at such DFW venues as Adair's Saloon, Cafe Brazil, The McKinney Avenue Tavern, The Wine Therapist, The Love Shack (Fort Worth) , The White Elephant Saloon (Fort Worth), The Woodshed (Fort Worth), The Landon Winery (McKinney), and The Last Chance Saloon (Plano). With full band, he has performed at House of Blues, Love and War In Texas (Plano), Poor David's Pub, and The Ginger Man, among others. Also, he has played the Deep Ellum Arts Festival and the Dallas Flea in the downtown Dallas area.
For solo acoustic gigs, he travels with his own Bose system, which can fill a room with excellent sound. He has played corporate functions, country clubs, and weddings at The Crescent with this sound system.
Jackson released an EP in 2012 called, Heading To The Comal
consisting of all original songs that he wrote with his father, Randy Eli Grothe. It is available on iTunes for download. In addition to Heading To The Comal, Jackson has also released 4 other albums independently.
He grew up in East Dallas and currently lives in Denton, TX. He teaches college students guitar lessons and also teaches kids (6 – 13 years old) how to read music and play by ear at Lucky Dog Books in East Dallas. On weekends, he is usually playing music in the North Texas area.