Jackson Pines Return With Enchanting New Single

"Anna Lee"

Review by Kenny Bieber

March 25,  2021

Jackson Pines at the 2017 Country Living Fair in Lebanon, TN

Photo Credit: Jacob Paul

New Jersey folk staples Jackson Pines have emerged with another richly crafted and deeply compelling new addition to their discography with “Anna Lee.” The track follows their latest single “Half Light” and once again showcases the band’s genuine command of instrumentation and Americana-style arrangements, while also highlighting Joe Makoviecki’s soulful and understated vocals and sophisticated songwriting. Joe, and fellow bandmate James Black, pull inspiration for their music from the beautiful landscape of the pine barrens, as well as from experiences and interactions that happen in everyday life.

Although mostly a duo, Jackson Pines sometimes has a backing band which recorded with them for "Anna Lee" and several other songs on their upcoming record. Musicians that participated were: Santo Rizzolo (drums, broom and floor, washing machine), Roshane Karunaratne (Wurlitzer, B3 hammond organ, engineering) and James Herdman (fiddle). "Anna Lee" is also notable like many of Jackson Pines'tracks for its organic production, seamless chemistry between members and an undeniably rousing yet vibrant energy that’s surprisingly infectious making for a rewarding listen.


Jackson, New Jersey


Joe Makoviecki -  acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica, piano, and electric guitar

James Black - stand-up bass, electric bass, and fiddle

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With the release of “Anna Lee,” Jackson Pines have shown their artistic progression is still in steady swing with their knack for intelligent lyricism, finely crafted production and arrangements, and a genuine sense of musicality and vitality. The artistry of “Anna Lee” is sure to satisfy established listeners and entice plenty of new ones as well! 

"Radio Kid"

Jackson Pines have currently been preparing new music for listeners with a 12-song record to be released this April. The album was recorded in January over 72 hours at James Blacks' house in their hometown of Jackson after quarantining for 14 days and testing. The 2021 album follows the 2019 release of Gas Station Blues and Diamond Rings Since then, Jackson Pines have steadily built their acclaim and fanbase including a prospective spot at Asbury Park’s Sea.Hear.Now Music Festival.

Be sure to follow Jackson Pines on all streaming and social media platforms and be on the lookout for more updates about their upcoming album in the near future!

State of the Arts (2018) - Jackson Pines

"Half Light"

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Kenny Bieber is a local music journalist and photographer who also highly values a good pun, quality milkshake and swears he doesn’t have too many records. He’s generally just happy to be here.


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